The Sea Wolf (1920)

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Although Humphrey Van Weyden (Tom Forman) is in love with Maud Brewster (Mabel Julienne Scott), she won't give him the time of day, because he's not manly enough for her. The ferry they are on sinks, and they wind up on a schooner headed for the Behring Sea. The Captain is Wolf Larsen (Noah Beery, in a role that fits him like a glove), a brutal man so tough that even his crew -- taken from the dregs of the docks -- fears him. Van Weyden, a spoiled, rich weakling who has never done a day's work, becomes a cabin boy. Before fate brings Larsen to his doom, Van Weyden gains some manliness, and Maud realizes that there's more to a guy than pure might. This picture, based on a book by Jack London, was filmed once before, in 1914.