Cast & Crew
Josef Von Sternberg
The sea motif is employed as a device counterpointing a psychologically dramatic though simple love story.
In 1933 the negative was destroyed so that all losses incurred by the production could be written off.
The idea of destroying the negative belonged to the film's producer Charles Chaplin.
A print remained in the Chaplin vault until this too was burned by Oona O'Neill Chaplin in 1991.
The story for this film is variously attributed to Chaplin and Sternberg, but Sternberg was definitely contracted to direct the film, intended as the screen comeback of Edna Purviance. Filmed as The Sea Gull, it was found lacking by Chaplin, who directed some additional scenes and inserted them into the version finally premiered as A Woman of the Sea at a Beverly Hills theater. It was screened only once, then withdrawn into Chaplin's vaults. Filmed largely on the coast near Monterey.