“The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick
John Houston’s thundering film version of Moby Dick stars Gregory Peck as hollow-cheeked Captain Ahab, a man consumed and agonised by a thrashing desire to possess the mystical white whale that broke his body in a previous encounter.
For the movie – this the third time Herman Melville’s saga had been filmed – Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland, stood in for the novel’s New Bedford; a studio in Elstree was the rolling Pacific and the whale’s domain.
The huge whale was made by Dunlop in Stoke-on-Trent, England. The close-ups were built by a special effects man, August Lohman. The beast’s head was full size.
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