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Moby Dick (1930 film)

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Genre  Adventure, Drama
Country  United States
5.6/10 IMDb

Director  Lloyd Bacon
Music director  William Axt
Language  English
Moby Dick (1930 film) movie poster
Writer  J. Grubb Alexander, Herman Melville, Oliver H.P. Garrett
Release date  September 30, 1930 (1930-09-30)
Screenplay  Oliver H.P. Garrett, J. Grubb Alexander
Cast  John Barrymore (Ahab), Joan Bennett (Faith), Lloyd Hughes (Derek), Noble Johnson (Queequeg), Nigel De Brulier (Elijah (as Nigel de Brulier)), Walter Long (Stubbs)
Similar movies  Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Free Willy 2 - The Adventure Home, Blackfish, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, Orca: The Killer Whale
Tagline  Thar she blows!

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Herman Melvilles mad Capt. Ahab (John Barrymore) spends years hunting the white whale that got his leg.


Moby Dick (1930 film) movie scenes

Moby Dick is a 1930 all-talking film made by Warner Bros., directed by Lloyd Bacon, and starring John Barrymore and Joan Bennett. The film is a sound remake of the 1926 silent movie, The Sea Beast, which also starred Barrymore.

Herman Melville's mad Capt. Ahab (John Barrymore) spends years hunting the white whale that got his leg.


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The film tells of a sea captains maniacal quest for revenge on a great white whale who has bitten off his leg. Barrymore, as Ahab, meet and falls in love with Joan Bennett, daughter of the local minister, after disembarking in New Bedford. Bennett quickly falls in love with Barrymore and is heartbroken when he leaves on another voyage. During his next voyage, Barrymore loses his leg to a large white whale. When he returns to New Bedford, he mistakenly believes that Bennett no longer wants to see him because of his disfigurement. He vows revenge against the whale, and to kill it or be killed in the process, and returns to sea.

Differences from novel

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The film, just as The Sea Beast (the previous 1926 silent version) was, is an extremely free adaptation of the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. It implements a prequel and sequel element to the story that did not exist in Melvilles novel. As an example of the changes found in the film, Captain Ahab is portrayed as a handsome romantic hero with a pretty girlfriend, but his evil brother manipulates the situation so that she will reject him. He also has both of his legs until he embarks on the voyage in which Moby Dick bites off one of them and he becomes consumed with revenge and embarks on the odyssey to kill the whale that maimed him. Ultimately, Ahab survives the ordeal, kills his stowaway brother (as well as Moby Dick), and returns home to the woman who loves him.


  • John Barrymore as Captain Ahab Ceely
  • Joan Bennett as Faith Mapple
  • Lloyd Hughes as Derek Ceely
  • Noble Johnson as Queequeg
  • Nigel De Brulier as Elijah
  • Walter Long as Mr Stubbs
  • May Boley as Whale Oil Rosie
  • Tom OBrien as Starbuck
  • Virginia Sale as First Old Maid
  • John Ince as Reverend Mapple
  • Foreign Language Versions

    One Foreign Language Version of the 1930 version of Moby Dick was produced. The German version was titled Damon des Meeres and was directed by Michael Curtiz.


    The film survives intact and has been broadcast on television and cable but has yet to see a Warner Archive DVD-on-demand availability.


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