The Sea Wolf Reviews
An assortment of characters are travelling on a passenger boat when it is accidentally rammed and sunk by a freighter. The survivors are picked up by a ship, captained by the callous, ruthless Captain "Wolf" Larsen...
Reasonably interesting but not overly so. Plot doesn't always develop in a coherent or plausible fashion. Still, quite intriguing and exciting at times.
Performances don't help the movie. Edward G Robinson puts in a good, suitably dark and sinister, performance as Captain Larsen. However, much of the remaining performances feel quite hammy - grandiose language, speech-like dialogue, overly dramatic, like a play. John Garfield and Alexander Knox are particularly bad. Ida Lupino is reasonably convincing in he role though.
Captain Wolf Larsen is a ruthless leader that delivers his orders very deliberately. The crew mutinies and causes an uprising onboard. There are a couple men who don't want to get caught in the middle and try to get off the boat; but at every turn, they find themselves in the thick of things. Will the crew or Larsen ultimately control the ship?
"You're soft like a woman."
Michael Curtiz, director of White Christmas, Mildred Pierce, Captain Blood, The Sea Hawks, Dodge City, Four Wives, Four Daughters, We're No Angels, Breaking Point, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Kid Galahad, delivers The Sea Wolf. The storyline for this picture is fairly entertaining and the villain is very well done. The acting was solid and the cast includes John Garfield, Edward Robinson, Ida Lupino, Alexander Know, and Barry Fitzgerald.
"You're disobeying orders."
"I don't like the way you give them."
I am a huge Michael Curtiz fan and watch as many of his films as possible. I grabbed this off a Curtiz marathon on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Overall, I definitely found this to be an entertaining picture and a nice addition to the genre, but I would only watch this once and wouldn't purchase it.
"Good first mates are hard to find."