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The Call of the Wild (1935)

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Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields. His luck changes when he pays $250 for Buck, a sled dog that is part wolf to keep ... See full summary »

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Frank Conroy ...
John Blake
Katherine DeMille ...
Marie
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Joe Groggins
James Burke ...
Ole
Charles Stevens ...
Lalo Encinas ...
Kali
Thomas E. Jackson ...
'Tex' Rickard (as Tommy Jackson)
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Herman Bing ...
Sam
George MacQuarrie ...
Mounted Policeman (as George McQuarrie)
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Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields. His luck changes when he pays $250 for Buck, a sled dog that is part wolf to keep him from being shot by an arrogant Englishman also headed for the Yukon. En route to the Yukon with Shorty Houlihan -- who spent time in jail for opening someone else's letter with a map of where gold is to be found -- Jack rescues a woman whose husband was the addressee of that letter. Buck helps Jack win a $1,000 bet to get the supplies he needs. And when Jack and Claire Blake pet Buck one night, fingers touch. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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gold | dog | alaska | wolf | gambling | See more »

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An Epic Novel . . . An Epic Picture !


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9 August 1935 (USA)  »

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Goldfieber in Alaska  »

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Like many films of the era, this production was originally slated to film in the Southern Sierra Nevada near Sonora. In fact, production had already begun when a warm front melted the snow and forced a hasty and expensive move to Washington state. See more »

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Jack Thornton: Me? I'll take bourbon. It kills you slower, but a lot more pleasant like.
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as long as you don't mind that it's not really CALL OF THE WILD, you are fine
18 March 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you are a lover of Jack London's CALL OF THE WILD, then you probably should skip this film, as it takes a lot of liberties with the book. In many ways, the original story is really forgotten and it's only a very rough approximation of the book. So, as a rendition of the original it stinks. BUT, if you ignore the book and just watch it for the fun of it and let go of your preconceptions, it's a wonderful film for anyone except Literature teachers.

Clark Gable is at his best and Loretta Young is absolutely beautiful in the film. While I never thought she was one of the prettiest actresses, the cinematographer really did his work and make her look radiant (I mean that in a good way--not in the CHARLOTTE'S WEB way). Jack Okie is fine as the loyal friend and the movie strongly concentrates on people and not the dog--now that's an interesting choice, huh? Overall, one of the better adventure films of the era and well worth watching.


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