6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
riveting, stirring stuff and with an air of tension.,
This review is from: The Sea Wolf (El Lobo De Mar) Spanish import, plays in English (DVD)
"the sea wolf" is one of my favourite "warner bros." films of all time. this vehicle has it all: brilliant acting, superb direction from michael curtiz, a great supporting cast and a tightly-written screenplay.
as the leading character, edward g. robinson dominates each and every scene he is in, which is just about every one in this film. his callous, evil and sadistic portrayal of the sinister and menacing captain wolf larsson, is one of the actor's greatest achievements in his long and varied career.
amongst the supporting cast, alexander knox, ida lupino and john garfield are the actors to watch and observe as they attempt and half-successfully match robinson in the scenes that they share with him. the love angle with lupino and garfield is a waste somewhat as it detracts from the main point of the story. however, this is a mere quibble.
the mockup of the ship entitled "the ghost" that was constructed at the studio, is life-like and evokes an eerie quality amongst the mist and the almost un-nerving silence. edward g. robinson makes for an imposing presence when he is onboard ship, the manner in which he observes and watches for any sign of mutinous activity from any of his crew.
amongst my favourite scenes, are the ones where robinson and knox engage in discussions about literature and the meaning of life. in light of this, the viewer will observe that larsson is not a stupid or simple man, just evil and tormented.
i am glad that this film has finally surfaced on dvd so i can enjoy watching a version that will undoubtedly have better sound and picture quality.