The Sea Wolf (1920 film)

The Sea Wolf
Film poster
Directed by George Melford
Written by Will M. Ritchey (scenario)
Based on The Sea Wolf
by Jack London
Starring Noah Beery, Sr.
Cinematography Paul P. Perry
Distributed by Paramount Pictures / Artcraft
Release date
  • May 16, 1920 (1920-05-16)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Sea Wolf is a lost[1] 1920 American drama film based upon the novel by Jack London, directed by George Melford, and starring Noah Beery as the brutal sea captain Wolf Larsen, sometimes referred to as "The Sea Wolf." The supporting cast includes Mabel Julienne Scott, Tom Forman, Raymond Hatton, and A. Edward Sutherland.[2][3]

The film was remade twenty-one years later with Edward G. Robinson in Beery's role.


As described in a film magazine,[4] Wolf Larsen (Beery), captain of the sealing steamer The Ghost, receives a severe blow to his head in a fight with his brother Death Larsen (Gordon) on the day he is to sail. Following the wreck of a ferry boat, rich idler Humphrey Van Weyden (Forman) and his fiancee Maud Brewster (Scott) are picked up by Larson's crew. Wolf refuses to put the couple ashore and makes Humphrey the cabin boy. George Leach (Sutherland), the former cabin boy, and sailor Old Man Johnson (Huntley), enraged at Wolf for his brutal treatment, throw him and mate Black Harris (Long) overboard. The mate is drowned but Wolf comes up the log-line and then over the side on deck, where he beats up his whole crew. The Ghost reaches the seal grounds. Death Larson's ship comes into sight, and Death and part of his crew attempt to board Wolf's ship, but Wolf has them bound and gagged. That night Wolf steers his ship into a fog bank to escape Death's ship. Wolf goes to Maud's cabin and attacks her, and Humphrey puts up a losing fight. At the climax Wolf succumbs to a blinding headache. Humphrey and Maud escape in an open boat to an uninhabited island. Wolf's crew deserts and he is left alone on The Ghost, which runs aground on the island. The paralyzed, blind, and helpless Wolf is cared for by Maud. Soon afterwards he dies and the couple are rescued by a revenue cutter.



  1. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Sea Wolf Retrieved October 23, 2014
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: The Sea Wolf at Retrieved October 23, 2014
  3. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Sea Wolf Retrieved October 23, 2014
  4. "Reviews: The Sea Wolf". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (21): 70. May 22, 1920.
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