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The Sea Beast (1926)

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:
... Captain Ahab Ceeley
... Esther Harper
... Derek Ceeley
... Flask
Sam Baker ... Queequeeq
... Perth (as George Burrell)
Sam Allen ... Captain
Frank Nelson ... Stubbs
... Mula
... Rev. Harper
Vadim Uraneff ... Pip
Sôjin Kamiyama ... Fedallah (as Sojin)
... Daggoo
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... Dancer in prologue
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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 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).


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15 January 1926 (USA)  »

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A Fera do Mar  »

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$797,728, 31 December 1926
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1.33 : 1
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A 57 foot 2-strip Technicolor sequence was included in the original release but does not seem to have survived today. See more »

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Version of NBC Experiment in Television: Moby Tick (1970) See more »

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Interesting, though not at all based on Melville's Moby Dick.
2 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film is rarely seen and not available on video. I made a personal copy on Beta tape (from a 16mm print) over 20 years ago to assist in the writing of my master's thesis on the adaptations of Moby Dick. Although it has some interesting maritime visual elements including some documentary footage of the butchering of sperm whales - it has very little to do with Melville's story or characters. Ahab is given a more heroic and romantic treatment. A love interest (Esther) and a rival half-brother provide a conflict never dreamed of by the novelist. The 1930 sound version is similar in most respects although shorter. I won't spoil the ending but you can again be sure it has nothing to do with Melville.


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