But Old Man And The Sea is Papa at his best, and a great story for Father's Day. An old man and a boy, fishing - but more than fishing: striving and failing and striving again; victory and defeat, teaching and learning what is is to be a man.
The 1958 film was interesting. Hemingway loved it, perhaps because the script followed his novel so closely. He even liked Spenser Tracy in the lead role (for which he was nominated for Best Actor); given how much Hemingway disliked Tracy personally, this was quite an accomplishment. The filming budged kept ballooning, because they kept trying (and failing) to catch a marlin. They never did, and so the film had to cut between Tracy and pictures of a fish. But it was not just any fish, it was the world record marlin caught off Peru.
The music by Dimitri Tiomkin won the Oscar for best score, one of four he received in his career (out of a total of 22 nominations). He was a prolific composer, writing scores for 57 films in the decade before this one. This made him the highest paid composer in Hollywood.
* It's said that the unexpected, tragic ending of Farewell To Arms was intentional, because he was still angry at the World War I nurse who broke his heart. That's not much to ruin a book for.