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The Sea Wolf (1930)

George, Ruth and Humphrey go for a boat ride with Wolf Larsen.


Alfred Santell


S.N. Behrman (dialogue), Ralph Block (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Milton Sills ... 'Wolf' Larsen
Jane Keithley ... Lorna Marsh (as Jane Keith)
Raymond Hackett ... Allen Rand
Mitchell Harris ... 'Death' Larsen
Nat Pendleton ... Smoke
John Rogers John Rogers ... Mugridge
Harold Kinney Harold Kinney ... Leach
Sam Allen Sam Allen ... Neilson
Harry Tenbrook ... Axel Johnson


George, Ruth and Humphrey go for a boat ride with Wolf Larsen.

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Release Date:

21 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il lupo dei mari See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Movietone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Released a week after the death of star Milton Sills, which occurred while playing tennis on a court at his estate. See more »


Version of The Sea Wolf (1993) See more »

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She Chose The Right Man
5 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Milton Sills is Wolf Larsen, Raymond Hackett is the despairing drifter whom he determines to beat until he has become a fit antagonist for the philosophical treatise he is considering, and Jane Keithley is the bone of contention. S.N. Behrman's script is a free translation of the Jack London novel that is in the right spirit, but there are problems with the script, or perhaps the performers.

Hackett is all right -- the fact that he plays his character as inert is probably accurate, because that's how depressed people are; unfortunately, it's not the least interesting. It makes me sympathize with Larsen's desire to beat him 'til he sneezes. Miss Keithley is uniformly stagey in her line readings. The real problem is Sills. In his attempts to maintain a constant tone of defiant masculinity, he varies from bathos to braggadocio in contrast. All through the movie, I was thinking of how Wallace Beery or George Bancroft might have played the role.

The print is in almost perfect condition. There's a bit of fogging on the right side of the screen in the first scene, set in Japan. After that, Glen MacWilliams' camerawork is wonderful, with the sequence of Hackett in the rigging the visual peak. I have some issues with the tinting. Japan is pure black & white; the ship's interior has a light amber wash, and the deck a light blue one. The buzz is that it was all from 35 mm. elements. I suspect they were from different elements. Cutting from deck to cabin convinced me of this fact.

So it was visually a fine movie. Hackett was growing too old to play the callow youth. Milton Sills dropped dead on the tennis court a week before the movie was released. And the director of the movie, Alfred Santell, married Jane Keithley.

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