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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 »
Although the film was initially recorded on Vitaphone and intended for disc accompaniment, by the time of its release, so many theatres had opted for sound-on-film, that the opening credits had to be redone, and the image had to be cropped off the left side, in order to accommodate the sound-on-film system track, which was, by then, replacing the soon to be obsolete Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, and required a slightly narrower picture image as a result.
Why... Why, Ahab Creely! You're crying!
The opening sequence when we see the Call-me-Ishmael-less paragraph is lifted from the earlier version, THE SEA BEAST (1926), which also took liberties with Melville's novel. It seems that MOBY DICK (1930) was a remake of this film more than an adaptation of the novel.
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