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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 ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Captain Ahab Ceeley
Dolores Costello ... Esther Harper
George O'Hara ... Derek Ceeley
Mike Donlin ... Flask
Sam Baker Sam Baker ... Queequeeq
George Berrell ... Perth (as George Burrell)
Sam Allen Sam Allen ... Captain
Frank Nelson Frank Nelson ... Stubbs
Mathilde Comont ... Mula
James O. Barrows ... Rev. Harper
Vadim Uraneff Vadim Uraneff ... Pip
Sôjin Kamiyama Sôjin Kamiyama ... Fedallah (as Sojin)
Frank Hagney ... Daggoo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joyzelle Joyner ... Dancer in prologue


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).







Release Date:

15 January 1926 (USA) See more »

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A Fera do Mar See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$797,728, 31 December 1926
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »

Alternate Versions

A 57 foot 2-strip Technicolor sequence was included in the original release but is now lost. See more »


Version of Moby Dick (1998) See more »

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Little Melville -- Lots of Barrymore
12 April 2013 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

Young sailor Ahab (aka John Barrymore) loves lovely Dolores Costello, but his black hearted brother Derek wants her too. So, when the dangerous SEA BEAST (aka Moby Dick) raises its vicious head from the briny deep, awful brother is around to make sure Barrymore suffers at the hands of the white whale. Will true love triumph, or will Barrymore's Mr. Hyde makeup as the obsessed Capt Ahab scare off lovely Dolores?

Since the print I watched had both dreadful music, and a frequently washed out picture, it is impossible to evaluate this movie fairly. It is quite slow (slow enough that I questioned whether it was recorded at the right speed), and the first two-thirds of the movie are devoted to the younger Ahab, his true love for Dolores, and the machinations of the villainous Derek. That part is, except for a few moments of hot romance, and the whale hunt, quite dull. The second part, featuring Barrymore's Mr. Hyde as Ahab, stays on the right side of risible, and thrives on Barrymore's ability to be as scary as Lon Cheney. Some rousing storm scenes, and a final confrontation between Ahab and Derek make this part quite fun in a rousing old movie way.

This is worth seeing, if you like Barrymore, who is excellent throughout. But you might have more fun if you fast forward things through the many tedious bits in part 1.

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