As part of the Camden Windjammer Festival, Camden Public Library will present an outdoor screening of the 1937 “Captains Courageous” Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre, Atlantic Avenue. Moviegoers should bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

The film, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling, tells the adventures of Harvey Cheyne (played by Freddie Bartholomew, then 12-years-old), the arrogant and spoiled son of an indulgent absentee-father and business tycoon Frank Burton Cheyne (Melvyn Douglas). En route to Europe with his father, Harvey, as a result of another display of arrogance, falls overboard from a trans-Atlantic steamship on the Grand Banks. He is rescued by a Portuguese-American fisherman, Manuel Fidello (Spencer Tracy) and taken aboard the fishing schooner We’re Here.

Harvey can neither persuade the captain, Disko Troop (Lionel Barrymore), to take him ashore nor convince him of his wealth. However, the captain offers him a low-paid job as part of the crew until they return to port months later. With no other choice, Harvey eventually accepts. Befriended by Capt. Troop’s son, Dan (Mickey Rooney), he begins to learn the ways of working at sea.

Spencer Tracy won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in this film. The movie also was nominated for Best Picture, Best Film Editing and Best Writing (screenplay).

The black-and-white film runs 115 minutes. The screening is free, although donations will be accepted. If the weather is rainy, the movie will be canceled.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to