The Sea Wolf (1913)

The cruel captain of a schooner dominates the shipwreck victims he picks up.


Hobart Bosworth


Jack London (novel)


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Cast overview:
Hobart Bosworth ... Wolf Larsen
Herbert Rawlinson ... Humphrey Van Weyden
Viola Barry Viola Barry ... Maude Brewster
J. Charles Haydon J. Charles Haydon ... Mugridge
Jack London ... Sailor
Gordon Sackville ... Johnson
Joe Ray ... Minor Role


Wolf Larsen, captain of the Ghost, a sealer bound for the waters north of Japan, is notorious for his cruelty. As Larsen is preparing to sail from San Francisco on what proves his last voyage, there is a collision in the fog between two ferry boats, the Martinez and the Sausalito, in which the former sinks, with nearly all its passengers lost. Among the few saved is Humphrey Van Weyden, a gentleman of leisure, who is borne out to sea by the tide. He is rescued by the Ghost, and is brought face to face with the Sea Wolf. To Van Weyden, Larsen's enormous physical strength and ruthless cruelty are appalling. Later he sees in him the strange paradox, the Sea Wolf who rends and tears, and Larsen, the eager student and embittered dreamer. Between the two springs up an odd companionship. They read poetry and philosophize together, and Humphrey tends him whenever Larsen is stricken with the torturing headaches and temporary blindness which at times overwhelm him. But his crew both fear and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

7 December 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sø-ulven See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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