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Captains Courageous on the Big Screen

As a movie buff who spent endless hours of adolescence watching movies from the ’30s and ’40s on TV channels with high numbers (like 36, 40 and 44), usually worn-out prints badly chopped up by do-it-yourself used-car-dealer ads, this editor can only wonder how she managed to miss seeing Captains Courageous. It’s a black and white film from 1937 starring multiple legends of the silver screen such as Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Mickey Rooney and more. The film was even featured as Latitude’s Movie Club selection in October.

A fishing schooner sets the scene for the sailing action in Captains Courageous.

© MGM Pictures

As luck would have it, Latitude 38 and Spaulding Marine Center will rectify that oversight this Friday, January 12, when the film will be screened — for free — at Spaulding in Sausalito. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the reels will roll at 6:30. Spaulding will have beer, wine and popcorn available to purchase. We hope to see you there, whether this will be your first time viewing the classic adventure on the high seas — or the fifth.

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