The Sea God

The Sea God is a 1930 American pre-Code adventure film written and directed by George Abbott. The film stars Richard Arlen, Fay Wray, Eugene Pallette, Ivan Simpson, Maurice Black, and Bob Perry. The film was released on September 13, 1930, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

The Sea God
Film poster
Directed byGeorge Abbott
Screenplay byGeorge Abbott
Based onThe Lost God
by John Russell
StarringRichard Arlen
Fay Wray
Eugene Pallette
Ivan Simpson
Maurice Black
Bob Perry
Music byKarl Hajos
Stephan Pasternacki
CinematographyArchie Stout
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 13, 1930 (1930-09-13)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States


Pink Barker (Arlen) loses his boat and his girl Daisy (Wray) to his bitter rival Schultz (Gleckler), but his fortunes change when an old, dying sailor he rescues at sea tells him about a fortune to be had in pearls. Unfortunately, the pearl beds lie off an island inhabited by cannibals. Barker sails in search of the island with his friend Square Deal (Pallette). Still in love with Pink, Daisy stows away but is soon discovered and forced by her unforgiving ex to work her passage. The cannibals attack Pink’s boat while he is underwater collecting the pearl oysters, forcing him to cut his air line and make for the shore. Unable to remove his cumbersome diving suit he later stumbles into the native village where Square Deal and Daisy are being held, and the islanders mistake him for a god. Schultz and his men, having followed Pink’s boat to the island, capture Pink, Square Deal and Daisy. Square Deal and Daisy are sent as prisoners to his boat, but just as Schultz is about to do away with Pink, his party are attacked by the natives. Pink escapes but Schultz and his men are all killed. Still trapped on the island, Pink puts on his god-like diving suit again and is able to subdue the natives long enough to swim out to the boat where he is reunited with his friends.



The Sea God was one of at least six films Wray and Arlen made together while both under contract at Paramount Pictures. It was loosely based on a short story by John Russell, a well-known writer of pulp fiction. Russell had also penned The Pagan, another South Seas yarn which was made into a film in 1929. The Sea God was filmed on location at Catalina Island, California, with several scenes being shot at sea.


  1. "Movie Review - The Sea God - THE SCREEN; Fantastic Adventures". Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  2. "The Sea God (1930) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 17, 2015.

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