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The fifth film version of [[Performer~P265433~Jack London~jacklondon]]'s The Sea Wolf stars [[Performer~P60775~Edward G. Robinson~edwardgrobinson]] as "premature fascist" Wolf Larsen. The captain of the scavenger ship Ghost, Larsen is a heartless tyrant who can tolerate no sign of weakness in anyone. "Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven" is Larsen's philosophy (borrowed from the character of Satan in Milton's Paradise Lost), and accordingly he reigns over his hellish vessel in true satanic fashion. Idealistic writer Humphrey Van Weyden ([[Performer~P38853~Alexander Knox~alexanderknox]]) and fugitive from justice Ruth Webster ([[Performer~P100403~Ida Lupino~idalupino]]) are picked up by the Ghost when their ferryboat capsizes. Realizing that their chances of getting off the boat alive are nil, Van Weyden and Ruth conspire with embittered cabin boy Leach ([[Performer~P187968~John Garfield~johngarfield]]) to escape. They drift in a small open boat for days, only to return to the Ghost, which has apparently been scuttled by the mutinous crew. Larsen has gone blind, but refuses to allow his crew to learn this fact, forcing Van Weyden at gunpoint to perpetuate the illusion that Larsen can still see. Ultimately, the Ghost sinks beneath the waves, carrying Larsen and Van Weyden to their doom ("This is the end of Superman!" cries Van Weyden as the ocean envelops him); Ruth and Leach manage to save themselves, rowing toward the safety of a nearby island -- and hopefully escaping to a new life. The 1941 Sea Wolf would not be the last cinematic adaptation of [[Performer~P265433~London~jacklondon]]'s novel; multiple versions have since been produced for both film and television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nathan Levinson Best Special Effects 1941 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Byron Haskin Best Special Effects 1941 Nominee

Cast

Edward G. Robinson
as Wolf Larsen
Ida Lupino
as Ruth Webster
John Garfield
as George Leach
Alexander Knox
as Humphrey van Weyden
Gene Lockhart
as Dr. Louie Prescott
Barry Fitzgerald
as Cooky
Stanley Ridges
as Johnson
David Bruce
as Young Sailor
Francis McDonald
as Swenson
Howard Da Silva
as Harrison
Frank Lackteen
as Smoke
George Magrill
as Crewman
Cliff Clark
as 1st detective
Ernie S. Adams
as Pickpocket
Charles Sullivan
as 1st Mate
William Gould
as Detective
Ethan Laidlaw
Wilfred Lucas
as Helmsman
Louis Mason
as Crewman
Ralf Harolde
as Agent

Crew

Michael Curtiz
Director
Jack L. Warner
Producer
Hal B. Wallis
Producer
Robert Rossen
Screenwriter
Sol Polito
Cinematographer
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Composer (Music Score)
George J. Amy
Editor
Anton Grot
Art Director
Henry Blanke
Associate Producer
Byron Haskin
Special Effects
Nathan Levinson
Sound Special Effects
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