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 ...
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Captain Ahab's descent into madness destroys everyone around him. This powerful character drew John Barrymore, Orson Wells and John Huston. This film has been called the best, most authentic version of Herman Melville's MOBY DICK.
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 »
An honest and naive schoolteacher gets a lesson in how the world works outside the classroom, when a rich Baron and his mistress use the teacher's name and outstanding reputation in a ... See full summary »
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
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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 »
The opening sequence when we see the Call-me-Ishmael-less paragraph is lifted from the earlier version, THE SEA BEAST (1926), which also took liberties with Melville's novel. It seems that MOBY DICK (1930) was a remake of this film more than an adaptation of the novel. See more »
... for the general public, suffering from the depression era, a happy ending was needed and probably welcomed... the working man defeating the menace and able to find true love... A great message to those people scraping together a few cents to escape reality at the local movie house! I too was surprised at the brilliant effects for 1930... Just think about the state of the world, everyday life in America and the cinematic art form in its pre-adolescence before and after watching this film... quite entertaining!!! And for you academic purists, try to keep one toe in the vernacular and allow the common folk some entertainment!
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