Herman Melville's classic novel gets a major revision in this screen adaptation of his seafaring novel - Hollywood's first talkie adaptation of the work. (A silent version, The Sea Beast, had been produced four years earlier). Captain Ahab Ceely (John Barrymore), a crusty and hard-drinking sailor, falls in love with Faith Mapple (Joan Bennett), the daughter of a man of the cloth. Ahab has a rival for Faith's affections in Derek (Lloyd Hughes), his wicked brother, but as Ahab sets sail, Faith pledges to him that she'll remain loyal to him while he's out to sea. While hunting for whales, Ahab is thrown overboard, and he loses his leg to a mammoth creature known to seamen as Moby Dick. When Ahab returns, he tells Faith that he won't hold her to her pledge to marry him before showing her the wooden peg that has replaced his limb. Faith shrieks in horror, and Ahab is crestfallen to realize that his romance is over. Returning to the sea, Ahab spends the next seven years searching for the great white whale Moby Dick, obsessed with getting revenge on the creature that took his leg and ruined his life. In addition to rewriting the famous first lines of the novel, in this version of Moby Dick, Ishmael doesn't even appear.~Mark Deming
Moby Dick... But it isn't. A decent version of the famous take of Ahab against Moby Dick, but Ahab wins; Ishmael doesn't exist; and there's a love-triangle between Ahab, his half-brother, and a lovely lady named Elizabeth. Given that this is the first speaking version of Moby Dick, I give it props for that; but this scarcely Melville's telling.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
This is a remake of The Sea Beast with Audio. No really a good movie. Centers more on the love triangle between a young Ahab, his step brother, and the woman they both love.