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The Call of the Wild (1935)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  9 August 1935 (USA)
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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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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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In 1992 Time-Life released a series of year-by-year CD compilations of the top rock 'n' roll hits of the year. On the front cover of the 1958 edition is a Fonzie-like character in white T-shirt and black leather jacket on a motorcycle. There is a movie marquee in back of him anachronistically advertising Clark Gable and Loretta Youg in "The Call of the Wild." See more »

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When considering how to get a stake together, Clark Gable says, "Seven or eight hundred dollars is hard to get.... Ah, but we'll get it if we have to get a knife and stick somebody into it!" See more »

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Shorty Hoolihan: Gee, I wonder what it's going to be like having things instead of wishing for 'em.
Claire Blake: It's not nearly as much fun.
Jack Thornton: You're wrong, Claire. Wishing never got anybody anyplace. It's owning something that counts and taking it when you can't get it any other way... that's all right too. It's the law up here... the law of the Klondike. If there is something you need, grab it! Take it away from the other guy. It's a good law. It works.
Claire Blake: No, it only works when you deserve to have what you take. Otherwise, ...
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Not exactly Jack London
13 May 2007 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Based very loosely on the Jack London novel,this is a star-vehicle for the rough and likable Clark Gable.Thrown in there's a dog named Buck and Jack Okie as his comic sidekick, for Gable to bond with.Then there's beautiful Loretta Young for him to romance (which he also did in real-life,resulting in an illegitimate child.)Shot on location in Washington State the movie has a rugged outdoor look from which it benefits immensely.The portrait of the rough and tumble gold mining town of Skagway looks almost authentic.The performances are pretty standard.Gable is his rough and likable self,Jack Okie,the likable buffoon ,Loretta Young,a good love-interest and Reginald Owen a despicable villain.All in all an entertaining adventure movie.


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