I caught this the other night while recovering from the surgery. Loved it. Kind of hokey: giant squid!, kind of preachy: man's corruption and inhumanity, kind of funny: ventriloquist's dog, and kind of weird: spanking scene at society party. Directed by Cecil DeMille, it provides a retreat into escapism in glorious technicolor. Its about shipping as the basis on commerce in the late 1700s-early 1800s featuring sloops and schooners, and culminating in the hero's desire to command the brand new steam ship but succumbing to the temptation of making a fast buck to a tragic end.