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Dämon des Meeres
Alternate Title: Moby Dick
Director: Michael Curtiz (Dir)
Release Date:   1931
Premiere Information:   Berlin opening: 2 Mar 1931
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Cast:   Wilhelm Dieterle    
    Lissy Arna    
    Anton Pointner    
    Karl Etlinger    
    Carla Bartheel    
    Lothar Mayring    
    Bert Sprotte    
    Otto Kottke    
    Reginald Pasch    
    John Eskridge    
    Adolph Milar    

Summary: [This is the German-language version of the 1930 English-language film, Moby Dick . The plot of that film is similar to that of the 1926 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. Ahab, believing that Esther no longer loves him, 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 return to New Bedford and, his obsession gone, settles down with Esther. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Michael Curtiz (Dir)
Producer: Heinz Blanke (Supv)
Writer: Ulrich Steindorff (Scr)
Photography: Sid Hickox (Photog)
Country: United States
Language: German

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Source Text: Based on the novel Moby Dick; or The Whale by Herman Melville (New York, 1851).
Authors: Herman Melville

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Genre: Adventure
Sub-Genre: Sea
 
Subjects (Major): Clergy
  Courtship
  New Bedford (MA)
  Sea captains
  Whales and whaling

Note: Dämon des Meeres was a German-language version of the 1930 English-language Warner Bros. production Moby Dick , which was directed by Lloyd Bacon and starred John Barrymore and Joan Bennett (see entry below). For information on other film versions of Melville's novel, please consult the entry below for the 1956 Warner Bros. production of Moby Dick , directed by John Huston and starring Gregory Peck and Richard Basehart. 

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