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The Sea Beast (1926) was a Adventure - Silent Films Film directed by Millard Webb and produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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Flash Gordon (1936, Frederick Stephani), Chapter 4: Battling the Sea Beast

By Andrew Wickliffe on Sep 5, 2017 From The Stop Button

Battling the Sea Beast opens with Buster Crabbe fighting an octopus. Mostly it?s Crabbe?quite enthusiastically?feigning a struggle against one or two legs of the octopus, which shows no life once they?re battling. Before it was stock footage; with the fight, it?s a passive prop Crabbe has to get goi... Read full article

The Sea Beast (Millard Webb, 1926)

By Judy on Apr 24, 2011 From Movie Classics

Since reading Moby Dick a few years ago, I’ve been ?interested in seeing different film and stage versions of it. I was especially intrigued to see John Barrymore playing Ahab, as sadly only one of his full Shakespearean roles survives on film (Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet). It is often said t... Read full article

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In an interview that appeared in The American Dancer (January 1929), Joyzelle Joyner stated that many times she not only designed but actually made her own costumes. "For instance, the one which caused so much favorable comment when worn in the prologue to 'The Sea Beast.' The dancing was rather exotic, and although she haunted all of the costume houses, Joyzelle could not find a garment that suited the part of the native maiden. Finally, an inspiration struck her, and she rushed out and bought three rolls of clothesline, which she promptly raveled and then dyed, red, green and yellow. The result was a most effective costume especially when combined with the head-dress of real animal horns and feathers. The total cost of the 'ensemble' was $3.00." Unfortunately, the copies of "The Sea Beast" that have survived do not seem to contain the dance prologue featuring Ms. Joyner.
To "doctor" the film, Jack L. Warner enlisted the help of Rupert Hughes, who reedited it and provided new titles. Since no compensation had been agreed upon, Warner sent a check for $1500, which Hughes returned saying he had done the work as a favor to both Warner AND Herman Melville.
Priscilla Bonner was originally cast as Esther because John Barrymore's first choice, his then-love 'Mary Astor (I)', was unavailable. Before filming started he met and fell for Dolores Costello and replaced Bonner with her.
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