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The Sea Wolf (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Adventure | 21 March 1941 (USA)
Humphrey van Weyden, a writer, and fugitives Ruth Webster and George Leach have been given refuge aboard the sealer "Ghost," captained by the cruel Wolf Larsen. The crew mutinies against ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Humphrey van Weyden, a writer, and fugitives Ruth Webster and George Leach have been given refuge aboard the sealer "Ghost," captained by the cruel Wolf Larsen. The crew mutinies against Larsen's many crimes, and though van Weyden, Ruth, and George try to escape Larsen's clutches, they find themselves drawn inexorably back to him as the "Ghost" sails toward disaster. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Jack London's great novel of terror afloat.

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In the early 90's, Ron Howard announced a remake. John Boorman and Joe Dante were also discussed as directors, and Tom Hanks was to play the lead. It was also mooted as a possible 70mm shoot. See more »

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Before the ferry is struck by the freighter, the captain of the ferry shouts "hard a-port", but the helmsman immediately starts turning the wheel to the right (starboard). See more »

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Humphrey Van Weyden: There's a price no man will pay for living.
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Referenced in Breakdowns of 1941 (1941) See more »

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Hello! Ma Baby
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Music by Joseph E. Howard
Lyrics by Ida Emerson
Played on piano and sung by Jeane Cowan in the bar
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Jack London's story brought to life by excellent cast and crew...
17 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson puts his own brand of cruelty on the role of a freighter captain who tyrannizes his crew and some unexpected passengers (Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Alexander Knox) in this taut, suspenseful psychological melodrama with no shortage of brooding atmosphere.

Based on the famous Jack London story of Wolf Larsen (Robinson), the callous and inhuman skipper of a schooner, who proceeds to make life hell for his crew and his unwilling passengers rescued from a sinking ferryboat. Lupino and Garfield are a couple of losers with a past; Knox is a mild-mannered novelist. The romantic angle between Garfield and Ida is underplayed with the accent more on the brooding tension aboard the schooner.

Under Michael Curtiz' direction, all the performances are first-rate and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's intriguing score helps sustain the tense mood of passengers adrift on a fog-shrouded sea. Alexander Knox's restrained portrayal of an intellectual is a perfect foil for Robinson's bombastic megalomaniac skipper. Stand-outs in the large supporting cast are Gene Lockhart as a nervous, cowardly doctor and Barry Fitzgerald as a crafty cook, a sinister departure from his usual comic roles.

Absorbing all the way, well worth viewing, this represented a step up the ladder for Ida Lupino's career at Warner Bros. Watch for my full-length career article on Ida Lupino scheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE.


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