Moby-Dick Movies & Media Adaptations

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The first film of Moby-Dick was a silent movie, released under the title The Sea Beast in 1926, and starring John Barrymore as Ahab, and distributed by Warner.

Warner produced a sound version of the novel in 1930; it was directed by Lloyd Bacon and again starred John Barrymore as Ahab.

The best-known movie version is the John Huston- directed 1956 color production with Gregory Peck as Ahab. This is a powerful and faithful rendering of the novel, though opinions have been divided concerning the central casting. Other actors in the cast were Orson Welles, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, and Harry Andrews. The screenplay was written by Huston and Ray Bradbury.

An educational film, Moby Dick: The Great American Novel, was shot by CBS news in 1969.

An animated version, entitled Moby Dick and produced by API Television Productions in 1977, is available on video.

A reading by George Kennedy released by "Listen...

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