Moby Dick (1930)

70 mins | Drama | 20 September 1930

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HISTORY

According to a 24 Aug 1930 LAT news item, some scenes were shot on location at the Los Angeles Harbor docks in San Pedro, CA. In 1930, Warner Bros. also produced a German-language version of Moby Dick, entitled Dämon des Meeres (see entry). For information on other film versions of Melville's novel, see the entry for the 1956 Warner Bros. production of Moby Dick, directed by John Huston and starring Gregory Peck and Richard Basehart. ...

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According to a 24 Aug 1930 LAT news item, some scenes were shot on location at the Los Angeles Harbor docks in San Pedro, CA. In 1930, Warner Bros. also produced a German-language version of Moby Dick, entitled Dämon des Meeres (see entry). For information on other film versions of Melville's novel, see the entry for the 1956 Warner Bros. production of Moby Dick, directed by John Huston and starring Gregory Peck and Richard Basehart.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
23 Aug 1930
p. 36
Film Daily
17 Aug 1930
p. 14
Life
5 Sep 1930
p. 16
Literary Digest
30 Aug 1930
pp. 15-16
Los Angeles Times
24 Aug 1930
p. B16
New York Times
15 Aug 1930
p. 20
New Yorker
23 Aug 1930
p. 58
Time
25 Aug 1930
p. 48
Variety
20 Aug 1930
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Moby-Dick; or: The Whale by Herman Melville (New York, 1851).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 September 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 14 Aug 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
26 August 1930
LP1519
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
7,200
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

[The plot is similar to that of the 1926 silent film The Sea Beast, which is given below; character names refer to that film.] Ahab Ceeley and his half brother, Derek, are rivals for the hand of Esther Harper, a minister's beautiful daughter. Because Esther favors his brother, Derek pushes Ahab overboard on a whaling trip; Ahab's leg is chewed off by Moby Dick, a white whale; and he returns to Esther a broken and embittered man. Believing that Esther no longer loves him, Ahab becomes captain of a whaler and obsessively sets out to kill Moby Dick. Ahab learns of Derek's treachery and, after killing the whale, kills Derek. Ahab returns to New Bedford and, his obsession gone, settles down with ...

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[The plot is similar to that of the 1926 silent film The Sea Beast, which is given below; character names refer to that film.] Ahab Ceeley and his half brother, Derek, are rivals for the hand of Esther Harper, a minister's beautiful daughter. Because Esther favors his brother, Derek pushes Ahab overboard on a whaling trip; Ahab's leg is chewed off by Moby Dick, a white whale; and he returns to Esther a broken and embittered man. Believing that Esther no longer loves him, Ahab becomes captain of a whaler and obsessively sets out to kill Moby Dick. Ahab learns of Derek's treachery and, after killing the whale, kills Derek. Ahab returns to New Bedford and, his obsession gone, settles down with Esther.

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