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Moby Dick (1930)

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 »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Herman Melville (by), Oliver H.P. Garrett (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Captain Ahab Ceely
Joan Bennett ... Faith
Lloyd Hughes ... Derek
Noble Johnson ... Queequeg
Nigel De Brulier ... Elijah (as Nigel de Brulier)
Walter Long ... Stubbs
May Boley May Boley ... Whale Oil Rosie
Tom O'Brien Tom O'Brien ... Starbuck
Virginia Sale ... Old Maid
John Ince ... Reverend Mapple
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Storyline

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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Thar she blows!

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fera do Mar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Faith Mapple: [to Capt. Ahab] Why... Why, Ahab Creely! You're crying!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Version of The Sea Beast (1926) See more »

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So what if it misses the literary version...
27 December 2004 | by jim_vestSee all my reviews

... 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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