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Moby Dick
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Written by J. Grubb Alexander (dialogue and screenplay)
Herman Melville (novel)
Oliver H.P. Garrett (adaptation)
Starring John Barrymore
Joan Bennett
Music by William Axt
David Mendoza
Cinematography Robert Kurrle
Editing by Desmond O'Brien
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) 20 September 1930
Running time 80 min
Country USA
Language English

Moby Dick is a 1930 film made by Warner Bros., directed by Lloyd Bacon, and starring John Barrymore and Joan Bennett.

It was an extremely free adaptation of the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, which tells of a sea captain's monomanical quest for revenge on a great white whale who has bitten off the captain's leg.

The film is a sound remake of the 1926 silent movie, The Sea Beast, starring Barrymore, which uses exactly the same plot as the 1930 version. Both films implement a prequel and sequel element to the story that did not exist in Melville's novel. For example Captain Ahab is seen as a handsome, romantic hero with a pretty girlfriend and both legs before embarking on the odyssey to kill the whale that later maimed him. Ahab survives the ordeal and returns home to the woman who loves him.


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