Was Ray Bradbury a mercenary philistine with no appreciation for his literary source? Read Steve Biodrowski's 2008 interview in the magazine Cinefantastique, "Ray Bradbury on Adapting Melville’s Allegorical Sea Monster, Moby Dick."
Mr. Bradbury, who turns 91 in August, discusses his work with director John Huston to adapt our beloved book to a 2-hour film. In true Melvillian fashion, the story is not without its ambiguities and exigencies.
We note also that the hymn we sing in the Seamen's Bethel as part of the MDM, The Ribs and Terrors of the Whale, was composed by Philip Sainton as part of his soundtrack for the Huston/Bradbury film. (HT: blog-fellow Lemuel.)
Think back -- was it this movie that led you to reading Moby-Dick?