Captains Courageous ★★★★★

I have a soft spot for stories set on (mostly) one big set with a vast array of characters that the protagonist develops a great friendship with. This is the story of the spoiled brat (Freddie Bartholomew, who gives a heartfelt performance) that turns into a man when he ends up on this ship. The character writing is solid and greatly helped by an amazing and charismatic cast (with the highlight of Spencer Tracy).