The Sea Wolf
Ida Lupino and John Garfield play fugitives aboard a hellish sealing ship captained by a tyrant.
Dir Michael Curtiz
With Edward G Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Alexander Knox
35mm print courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Robert Rossen’s fine adaptation of Jack London’s novel has Lupino and Garfield as fugitives aboard a hellish sealing ship captained by the psychopathically tyrannical ‘Wolf’ Larsen (Robinson), who’s engaged in a battle of wits with a left-leaning writer (Knox). A tense philosophical drama performed to perfection by all involved and moodily shot by Sol Polito, it’s one of Warner Bros’ darkest movies.