in about 100 words or less
USA 115m, B&W
Director: Victor Fleming; Cast: Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas
This film is an adaptation of Kipling’s coming of age story about a rich spoiled young boy named Harvey, played by Freddie Bartholomew, who befriends a Portuguese fisherman, Manuel, played by Spencer Tracy. When Harvey is rescued from drowning by Manuel, he finds himself stuck aboard a fishing vessel filled with hardworking honest men. Reluctantly, he is taught how to fish and learns to respect others, to value genuine friendships, and to abandon his childish and mean-spirited ways. This is a sad and heartwarming story with tragic consequences for the main characters which is highlighted by Bartholomew who provides one of the finest performances by a child actor in cinema history (Klaus Ming May 2009).