The Sea Wolf (1930)

90 mins | Romance | 21 September 1930

Director:

Alfred Santell

Writer:

Ralph Block

Cinematographer:

Glen MacWilliams

Editor:

Paul Weatherwax

Production Designer:

Joseph C. Wright

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

Jack London's novel, The Sea Wolf was published serially in the Jan-Nov 1904 issues of Century Magazine , and published in a complete hardcover edition by Macmillan the same year. Copyright to the novel was renewed in 1931 by the author's widow, Charmian K. London. As of 1 Jul 1935 Fox Film Corporation owned "world-wide silent and sound motion picture rights" to the novel. Sometime later Fox sold these rights to Selznick International. For information on the many screen adaptations of the London novel, please consult the entry below for the 1941 Warner Bros. production The Sea Wolf , directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino and John ... More Less

Jack London's novel, The Sea Wolf was published serially in the Jan-Nov 1904 issues of Century Magazine , and published in a complete hardcover edition by Macmillan the same year. Copyright to the novel was renewed in 1931 by the author's widow, Charmian K. London. As of 1 Jul 1935 Fox Film Corporation owned "world-wide silent and sound motion picture rights" to the novel. Sometime later Fox sold these rights to Selznick International. For information on the many screen adaptations of the London novel, please consult the entry below for the 1941 Warner Bros. production The Sea Wolf , directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino and John Garfield. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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Film Daily
31 Aug 1930.
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New York Times
6 Oct 1930
p. 21.
Variety
1 Oct 1930
p. 19.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Sea-Wolf by Jack London (New York, 1904).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
21 September 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 August 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1529
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90
Length(in feet):
8,000
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

"Wolf" Larsen, fearsome master of the hellship Ghost , attempts in vain to attract Lorna Marsh, a prostitute in a Japanese port of call. Lorna, having first turned down the offer to ship on Larsen's sealer, comes aboard when Allen Rand, with whom she is infatuated, is shanghaied along with two or three sailors who are taken from the crew of a steamer belonging to Wolf's brother, "Death." Scorned by Wolf as a helpless weakling, Rand is made assistant to Mugridge, the cook. Later Larsen promotes Rand to first mate for saving his life when the crew makes an unsuccessful attempt at mutiny. After Wolf has made a particularly large catch of seals off the Aleutians, he determines to seduce Lorna forcibly, knocks out Rand, and is about to succeed when Death overtakes his ship. Lorna and Rand escape in a sealing boat while Mugridge avenges a previous mutilation deliberately caused by Wolf by blinding him with a hot poker. After days adrift, the lovers sight the Ghost , ravaged by Death. Wolf, still alive but badly injured, tries to prevent Lorna and Rand from taking supplies and leaving by casting off their boat. But Wolf knows he is dying, and he gives Lorna and Rand directions to the nearest land before he ... +


"Wolf" Larsen, fearsome master of the hellship Ghost , attempts in vain to attract Lorna Marsh, a prostitute in a Japanese port of call. Lorna, having first turned down the offer to ship on Larsen's sealer, comes aboard when Allen Rand, with whom she is infatuated, is shanghaied along with two or three sailors who are taken from the crew of a steamer belonging to Wolf's brother, "Death." Scorned by Wolf as a helpless weakling, Rand is made assistant to Mugridge, the cook. Later Larsen promotes Rand to first mate for saving his life when the crew makes an unsuccessful attempt at mutiny. After Wolf has made a particularly large catch of seals off the Aleutians, he determines to seduce Lorna forcibly, knocks out Rand, and is about to succeed when Death overtakes his ship. Lorna and Rand escape in a sealing boat while Mugridge avenges a previous mutilation deliberately caused by Wolf by blinding him with a hot poker. After days adrift, the lovers sight the Ghost , ravaged by Death. Wolf, still alive but badly injured, tries to prevent Lorna and Rand from taking supplies and leaving by casting off their boat. But Wolf knows he is dying, and he gives Lorna and Rand directions to the nearest land before he succumbs. +

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