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The Sea Beast (1926)

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This silent movie is based on Melville's classic Moby Dick. Ahab and his brother compete for the affections of minister's daughter Esther. But the great white whale has been eluding the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Esther Harper
George O'Hara ...
Derek Ceeley
Mike Donlin ...
Sam Baker ...
George Berrell ...
Perth (as George Burrell)
Sam Allen ...
Frank Nelson ...
Mathilde Comont ...
James O. Barrows ...
Rev. Harper
Vadim Uraneff ...
Sôjin Kamiyama ...
Fedallah (as Sojin)
Frank Hagney ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joyzelle Joyner ...
Dancer in prologue


This silent movie is based on Melville's classic Moby Dick. Ahab and his brother compete for the affections of minister's daughter Esther. But the great white whale has been eluding the harpooners, bearing many scars of failed attacks. Can our hero Ahab succeed where others have perished? Written by Anonymous

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Adventure | Fantasy





Release Date:

15 January 1926 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fera do Mar  »

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In an interview that appeared in The American Dancer (January 1929), Joyzelle Joyner stated that many times she not only designed but actually made her own costumes. "For instance, the one which caused so much favorable comment when worn in the prologue to 'The Sea Beast.' The dancing was rather exotic, and although she haunted all of the costume houses, Joyzelle could not find a garment that suited the part of the native maiden. Finally, an inspiration struck her, and she rushed out and bought three rolls of clothesline, which she promptly raveled and then dyed, red, green and yellow. The result was a most effective costume especially when combined with the head-dress of real animal horns and feathers. The total cost of the 'ensemble' was $3.00." Unfortunately, the copies of "The Sea Beast" that have survived do not seem to contain the dance prologue featuring Ms. Joyner. See more »


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Not to be mistaken with the Melville tale...unless you never heard of the story!
1 August 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ahh!!! This silent film was released to DVD by Televista. That means that the print will be god-awful--which is true of the two dozen or more silents I've seen from this company. HOWEVER, at least the films are being released, as the films were not available any other way. So, if you can bear with the fuzzy, scratchy and occasionally shaky print, you might want to try this film. But, if you want a film that is in moderately good shape...look a bit further.

Another very important thing you must know about the film is that it is sort of like the antithesis of the old "Dragnet" maxim "...the names were changed to protect the innocent". Instead, the original names of the characters were all there BUT almost everything in the story is different from the novel!! It is Moby Dick in name only--and it's an abomination to say this is the Melville tale. The many, many, many dissimilarities are too many to name in this short review--but suffice to say that the entire meaning behind the story is gone as well as the symbolism. Instead, it's just a mess...a mess that has huge sections about an abortive love affair for Ahab in which he loses the girl to his half-brother (who is crazy--not Ahab) and Ahab is portrayed as a sad and likable guy--NONE OF WHICH was in the book.

So, you can only enjoy this film if you can ignore that it is clearly NOT "Moby Dick" and you don't mind watching one of the ugliest quality prints money can buy! And, as a film which bears no similarity to the classic tale, it's okay...just okay. While there is some nice sea footage, there also is the gratuitous use of irrelevant whale processing footage at the beginning. Overall, it's really not worth your time.

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