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Moby Dick (1930)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama | 20 September 1930 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
... Captain Ahab Ceely
... Faith
... Derek
... Queequeg
... Elijah (as Nigel de Brulier)
... Stubbs
May Boley ... Whale Oil Rosie
Tom O'Brien ... Starbuck
... Old Maid
... Reverend Mapple
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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 »

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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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Version of The Adventures of Moby Dick (1996) See more »

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Entertaining Sea Story
25 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Once one gets over the fact that this 1930 adaptation of Herman Melville's classic sea story has an at best tenuous relationship to the novel it's based on, it's quite enjoyable. John Barrymore makes an heroic Ahab, and Joan Bennett is fetching as his love interest (yes, I know). Warner Brothers went all out with this one, and as Barrymore was still a top leading man at the time, did a beautiful job with at least the visual aspects of the story, and the film is at times breathtaking to behold. Alas, they threw away most of the plot! Such were the ways of Hollywood. Noble Johnson makes for the best Queequeg I've ever seen, though.


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