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Moby Dick (1930)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama  -  20 September 1930 (USA)
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In this extremely loose adaptation of Melville's classic novel, Ahab is revealed initially not as a bitter and vengeful madman, but as a bit of a lovable scamp. Ashore in New Bedford, he ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Hughes ...
Noble Johnson ...
Nigel De Brulier ...
Elijah (as Nigel de Brulier)
Walter Long ...
May Boley ...
Whale Oil Rosie
Tom O'Brien ...
Virginia Sale ...
Old Maid
John Ince ...
Rev. Mapple


In this extremely loose adaptation of Melville's classic novel, Ahab is revealed initially not as a bitter and vengeful madman, but as a bit of a lovable scamp. Ashore in New Bedford, he meets and falls for Faith Mapple, daughter of the local minister and beloved of Ahab's brother Derek. Faith herself quickly returns Ahab's love, as Derek is drab and ignoble. On his next voyage, however, Ahab loses a leg to the monstrous white whale Moby-Dick. When upon his return to New Bedford he mistakenly believes Faith wants nothing to do with him because of his disfigurement, Ahab returns to sea with only one goal in mind -- to find and kill the great white whale. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Thar she blows!


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For this film, the producers decided not to use the storyline of Herman Melville's original novel, but that of the John Barrymore silent film, The Sea Beast (1926). "Moby Dick" would not be filmed as Melville wrote it until 1956. See more »


Faith Mapple: [to Capt. Ahab] Why... Why, Ahab Creely! You're crying!
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Crazy Credits

While the credits state that the film is based on Herman Melville's novel, the first page of the novel shown onscreen right after the credits is entirely written by one of the screenwriters; it has absolutely nothing to do with Melville's original, and even leaves out Melville's classic opening sentence, "Call me Ishmael". See more »


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So what if it misses the literary version...
27 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

... for the general public, suffering from the depression era, a happy ending was needed and probably welcomed... the working man defeating the menace and able to find true love... A great message to those people scraping together a few cents to escape reality at the local movie house! I too was surprised at the brilliant effects for 1930... Just think about the state of the world, everyday life in America and the cinematic art form in its pre-adolescence before and after watching this film... quite entertaining!!! And for you academic purists, try to keep one toe in the vernacular and allow the common folk some entertainment!

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