Moby Dick (1930)

Director
Lloyd Bacon

Main cast
John Barrymore; Joan Bennett; Lloyd Hughes; Noble Johnson; Nigel De Brulier

Genres
Drama, Adventure

Description
Herman Melville's mad Capt. Ahab (John Barrymore) spends years hunting the white whale that got his leg.


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