The Sea Wolf

A superbly malevolent adaptation of Jack London's story about two fugitives (Garfield and Lupino) who come together on a ship, only to find themselves trapped as witnesses to a demonic battle of wits between Robinson's psychopathic captain (a Bligh in sadism, an Ahab in driven obsession) and an altruistic writer (Knox) attempting to assert intellectual dominion with no other weapon but his understanding. Given Robert Rossen's strikingly literate script, Sol Polito's wonderfully eerie camerawork, and Robinson's terrific performance - all pulling together to elaborate the Luciferian motto borrowed from Milton by which the captain lives, 'Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven' - this is one of Curtiz's best movies.

Release details

Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Curtiz
Screenwriter: Robert Rossen
Cast: Edward G Robinson
John Garfield
Ida Lupino
Alexander Knox
Gene Lockhart
Barry Fitzgerald
Stanley Ridges
Howard da Silva

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brian hatt

I think Edward G should have been awarded an oscar for his terrific performance as the captain. Its a pity he was never given the role of Ahab in Moby Dick, a part he was born to play.