~The Sea Beast~
1926
~SB-59: John Barrymore~
~SB-313: Dolores Costello & John Barrymore~
~Window display near The California Theater promoting the film "The Sea Beast." There are wonderful
photograph within the window of John Barrymore and Dolores Costello~
~SB-74: John Barrymore & Mike Donlin~
~SB-47: John Barrymore, Sam Baker & George O'Hara~
~Cast~

John Barrymore ...  Captain Ahab Ceeley
Dolores Costello ...  Esther Harper
George O'Hara ...  Derek Ceeley
Mike Donlin ...  Flask
Sam Baker ...  Queequeeq
George Berrell ...  Perth (as George Burrell)
Sam Allen ...  Captain
Frank Nelson ...  Stubbs
Mathilde Comont ...  Mula
James O. Barrows ...  Rev. Harper
Vadim Uraneff ...  Pip
Sojin ...  Fedallah
Frank Hagney ...  Daggoo
Joyzelle Joyner ...  Dancer in prologue
Leonora Summers ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
~Plot Synopsis~
This silent screen adaptation of "Moby Dick" features John Barrymore in action as Captain Ahab Cooley,
played against one of the most famous denizens of the deep, Herman Melville's great white whale. At the
beginning of the story, Ahab and his step brother Dererk (George O'Hara) compete for the affections of a
winsome minister's daughter, Esther Wiscasset (Dolores Costello). Meanwhile, the albino whale has been
eluding harpooners, and bears the scars of many failed attacks against him. His fame has reached epic
proportions. One day, Ahab and Derek are on the same whaler as the whale hovers into view. With the
visual drama enhanced by the water and pitching boat, Ahab raises his harpoon to kill the beast. At that
moment, Derek pushes him overboard and Ahab loses a right leg to the whale. In this scene, Barrymore's
portrayal of agonizing pain as an antiseptic is poured over what remains of his leg contributed to his
fame as a silents actor. Not long after this incident, the shallow Esther rebuffs Ahab as her suitor once she
catches sight of his peg leg. Heartbroken at this turn of events, Ahab blames neither Esther nor his
brother - instead he transfers blame and an undying hatred onto the whale. The following saga of Ahab's
pursuit of the whale takes on the aura of a super-human quest, far beyond the proportions of its first
motivation. One of the most popular of Barrymore's films, this version extends the story beyond the final
battle of man versus whale in a variation on Melville's book. Adding publicity to the film was a bit of early
Hollywood hype, unintentional though it may seem. The actress Priscella Bonner was fired by Barrymore
from the role of Wiscasset, and in a curious parallel to Ahab and the mighty whale, she successfully sued
the studio and won a considerable out-of-court settlement. Doubtless due to the popularity of this film,
another was released in 1930 under Melville's original book title, with Barrymore again in the role of
Captain Ahab.

Plot Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Millard Webb

Written by:
Bess Meredyth - writer
Rupert Hughes - title writer
Jack Wagner - uncredited

Based on the novel, "Moby-Dick; or, The Whale," by
Herman Melville
~SB-50: John Barrymore~
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Warner Bros.

Cinematography by: Byron Haskin & Frank Kesson
Film Editing by: Rupert Hughes
Assistant Director: George Webster
John Barrymore's Stunt Double: Duke Green
Still Photographer: Bert Lynch
Camera Operator: Robert H. Wagner

Length: 10 Reels
Runtime: 136 Minutes
Released: January 15, 1926

Filmed on location in:
San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA
Santa Catalina Island, Channel Islands, California, USA