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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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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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A German-language version was made at Warners simultaneously. Ahab was played by Wilhelm (William) Dieterle in the Barrymore role, and Michael Curtiz replaced Bacon as director. German title was "Damon des Meeres" (Demon of the Seas). See more »

Quotes

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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I loved it
22 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Oh...this is the first John Barrymore film I saw and I fell in love with John instantly. Sure, this is waaaaay different from the book. And sure Joan Bennett as Ahab (Barrymore)'s love interest is no where to be found in the book. But...it was a fun film and an even funner, delightful performance from the always excellent John Barrymore.

If you are a die hard fan of Mr. Barrymore like me you will enjoy his delightful performance. And this film is a remake of Mr. Barrymore's own silent film "The Sea Beast" filmed a couple of years before. I find that cool.

This film is a treasure.


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