Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Premiered May 11, 1937. 117 minutes. Based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling. Adapted by John Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly, and Dale Van Every. Directed by Victor Fleming, Jack Conway. Starring Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, Charley Grapewin, Mickey Rooney, John Carradine, Oscar O’Shea, Jack La Rue, Walter Kingsford, Donald Briggs, Sam McDaniel, Billy Burrud.
Action at sea takes a back seat to the lead performances and amazing chemistry of Freddie Bartholomew and Spencer Tracy. MGM’s screenwriting team modernizes and modifies the 1896 Kipling tale to form its own classic. Directed by Victor Fleming. Featuring the first of Spencer Tracy's consecutive Academy Award winning performances.