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Thursday July 18th 2024

Captains Courageous | 1937

When spoiled rich kid Harvey (Freddie Bartholomew) falls overboard, he learns lessons living among poor fisher folk of Massachusetts. Based on a Rudyard Kipling story, and winning an Oscar for Spencer Tracy, it was filmed mainly at the Selznick International Studios in Culver City.

Some genuine seaborne scenes were filmed off the coast of California, while there are establishing shots of Gloucester, Massachusetts, the seaport which was also the setting for Wolfgang Petersen’s 2000 movie The Perfect Storm.

In fact, the Fishermen's Memorial seen at the end of the film is a Hollywood replica of the real one seen at the beginning of the later film.

Captains Courageous filming location: Culver Studios, Washington Boulevard, Culver City, Los Angeles
Captains Courageous location: the elegant 'Cheyne Mansion': Culver Studios, Washington Boulevard, Culver City, Los Angeles

Harvey's home, the elegant white-pillared 'Cheyne Mansion' seen at the beginning of the film, is the old Selznick International Pictures Administration Building, now the Culver Studios, 9336 Washington Boulevard between Ince Boulevard and Van Buren Place, in Culver City. The still-recognisable frontage is also glimpsed (with a bit of matte painting) as the"big new house in Atlanta" in Gone With The Wind.