- This version of "Moby Dick" featured an early, experimental use of widescreen. As the boats were lowered for the first chase after the whale, the screen widened; then, as Moby Dick suddenly closed in on Captain Ahab, the screen returned to its normal size.
- For this film, the producers decided not to use the storyline of Herman Melville's original novel, but that of the 'John Barrymore' silent film, Sea Beast, The (1926). "Moby Dick" would not be filmed as Melville wrote it until 1956.
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