The Sea Wolf (1926)

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Ralph Ince both directs and stars in Jack London's oft-filmed tale of the sea. The Ghost, a seal-poaching schooner, has as its captain the brutal Wolf Larsen (Ince). Humphrey Van Weydon (Theodore Von Eltz), a soft and passive young man, is picked up at sea by the Ghost and he is given the task of cook's assistant, while being served rough treatment by Larsen and his crew. Maud Brewster (Claire Adams) survives a wreck only to be rescued by Larsen's men -- a fate seemingly worse than death. Although Larsen himself lusts after her, she falls in love with Van Weydon. The couple suffer through a number of terrible adventures on the ship until finally it catches fire and Larsen dies in the inferno. Along the way, Van Weydon has proven his manliness, and when he and Maud are rescued, they are united for good.