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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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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A rousing tale of New Bedford whaling days, the golden age of American seafaring adventure. (Poster).


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To "doctor" the film, Jack L. Warner enlisted the help of Rupert Hughes, who reedited it and provided new titles. Since no compensation had been agreed upon, Warner sent a check for $1500, which Hughes returned saying he had done the work as a favor to both Warner AND Herman Melville. See more »

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This is not Melville, but it IS Barrymore!
19 September 2007 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This rousing adventure romance is very loosely based on Herman Melville's Moby Dick. A few plot elements are taken from the novel and fashioned into a completely different story. The film is a showcase for John Barrymore, whose transformation as Ahab is reminiscent of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.

However, the new Televista DVD release is recommended only for silent film collectors (like myself) who must have this movie in their libraries. Much of the spectacle of the original is lost due to the poor quality of the print used for this DVD. It is identified as a print held by the George Eastman House which originated from the Henry A. Strong collection. Although it may be the best available print, it is pretty bad. Details are blurred and grainy, some inter-titles are difficult to read, and when letters are held up to the camera, they are completely unreadable. The Televista DVD is priced at $15, but the quality is no better than Alpha Video DVDs available for $5 or $6.


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