Moby Dick (1930)

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In this extremely loose adaptation of Melville's classic novel, Ahab is revealed initially not as a bitter and vengeful madman, but as a bit of a lovable scamp. Ashore in New Bedford, he ... See full summary »



  • John Barrymore and Joan Bennett in Moby Dick (1930)
  • John Barrymore in Moby Dick (1930)
  • John Barrymore in Moby Dick (1930)
  • John Barrymore, Noble Johnson, and Walter Long in Moby Dick (1930)
  • John Barrymore and Joan Bennett in Moby Dick (1930)
  • John Barrymore and Noble Johnson in Moby Dick (1930)

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5 January 2001 | H Lime-2
Stupid but Fun
I saw this one on TNT several years ago. It's a pre-code Hollywood version of the novel which has little or nothing to do with the book. Barrymore plays Ahab who, as the film begins, has both his legs. After a gory meeting with Moby Dick in which he has his leg bloodily chewed off, Ahab returns to New Bedford where he meets the scorn of his fiancee because of his wooden prosthesis. Vowing revenge, he returns to sea, kills Moby Dick, & (I kid you not) gets the girl.

The film is ridiculous with the story completely re-written & Barrymore as a good-natured, capering Ahab. But at this late date it does provide some silly fun & a good view of how Hollywood can (& still does) ruin great literature.

I think it's worth a look--I wish I had taped it.

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