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Director:
Writers:
Jack London (story)
Gene Fowler (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
9 August 1935 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
An Epic Novel . . . An Epic Picture !
Plot:
Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... Jack Thornton

Loretta Young ... Claire Blake
Jack Oakie ... 'Shorty' Hoolihan

Reginald Owen ... Mr. Smith
Frank Conroy ... John Blake
Katherine DeMille ... Marie

Sidney Toler ... Joe Groggins
James Burke ... Ole
Charles Stevens ... Francois
Lalo Encinas ... Kali
Thomas E. Jackson ... 'Tex' Rickard (as Tommy Jackson)
Russ Powell ... Bartender
Herman Bing ... Sam
George MacQuarrie ... Mounted Policeman (as George McQuarrie)
Buck ... Buck
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
C.E. Anderson ... Fourth Poker Player (uncredited)
Edwin Argus ... Dawson Townsman (uncredited)
William Arnold ... First Faro Player (uncredited)
Arthur Aylesworth ... Second Miner in Dawson (uncredited)

Leon Beaumon ... Man Outside Hospital (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Waiter (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... First Miner in Dawson (uncredited)
Tyler Brooke ... Jim, Man on Stage with Show Girls (uncredited)
Frank Campeau ... Sourdough on Street (uncredited)
Helene Chadwick ... Dawson Townswoman (uncredited)
Wong Chung ... Chinese Man in Alley (uncredited)
Jesse De Vorska ... Ike (uncredited)
Kay Deslys ... Show Girl (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Dandy on Street (uncredited)
Sam Godfrey ... Faro Dealer (uncredited)
Sid Grauman ... Second Poker Player (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Frank (uncredited)
Jack Grey ... Dawson Townsman (uncredited)
Arthur Housman ... Pete, the Drunk (uncredited)
John Ince ... Third Miner in Dawson (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Second Faro Player (uncredited)

Kay Johnson ... Show Girl (uncredited)
Harriet King ... Show Girl (uncredited)
Peggy Langton ... Show Girl (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Dawson Townsman (uncredited)
Loo Loy ... Chinese Man in Alley (uncredited)
Mary MacLaren ... Dawson Townswoman (uncredited)
Cecile Marcel ... Show Girl (uncredited)
Mia Marvin ... Stage Heroine (uncredited)
LeRoy Mason ... Pimp in Mary's Room (uncredited)

Walter McGrail ... Spectator (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... Man Outside Hospital (uncredited)
Carol Mercer ... Show Girl (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Dawson Townsman (uncredited)
Hazel Mills ... Dawson Townswoman (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Bartender in Dawson (uncredited)
John T. Murray ... Stage Heavy (uncredited)
Bud Osborne ... Dawson Townsman (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Loretta Rush ... Dawson Townswoman (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Piccolo Player (uncredited)
Gay Seabrook ... Show Girl (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Third Poker Player (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Man Outside Hospital (uncredited)
Pearl Varvalle ... Show Girl (uncredited)
Marie Wells ... Hilda (uncredited)
Frank Whitson ... Fifth Poker Player (uncredited)

Joan Woodbury ... Show Girl (uncredited)
Harry Woods ... Soapy Smith (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman  (as William Wellman)
 
Writing credits
Jack London (story)

Gene Fowler (screenplay) and
Leonard Praskins (screenplay)

Produced by
William Goetz .... associate producer
Raymond Griffith .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hanson T. Fritch  (as Hanson Fritch)
 
Casting by
Robert Webb (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Alexander Golitzen 
 
Costume Design by
Omar Kiam 
 
Makeup Department
Lucille D'Antoine .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Charles Garman .... set makeup artist (uncredited)
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ed Ebele .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Zahn .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Julia Heron .... set dresser (uncredited)
Robert Lander .... props (uncredited)
Arthur M. Levy .... assistant designer (uncredited)
V.L. McFadden .... construction (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Jack Noyes .... sound
 
Stunts
John Collins .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunt double: Jack Oakie (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Stoney .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Alexander .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ray Binger .... process photographer (uncredited)
Roy Clark .... second camera operator (uncredited)
James Potevin .... gaffer (uncredited)
Carl Wester .... camera operator (uncredited)
Fred Williams .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William Bridgehouse .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Nina Byron .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Mickey Meyers .... set wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter
Lowell Henderson .... stand-in: Jack Oakie (uncredited)
Bobs Hoagland .... script clerk (uncredited)
Frank Hotaling .... stand-in: Clark Gable (uncredited)
Jessie Kenyon .... stand-in: Loretta Young (uncredited)
Edward P. Lambert .... research director (uncredited)
Carl Spitz .... dog owner and trainer: "Buck" (uncredited)
Orville Stewart .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
95 min (original release) | USA:81 min (re-release) | Portugal:79 min (cut) | West Germany:89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Norway:A | USA:Approved (PCA #777) | West Germany:6 (f)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
Jack Thornton:You know, it's customary up here, Mrs. Blake, for everyone to pitch in and do their share. You've been with us for two days and up to now done nothing but sit around and look nasty. Can you cook?
Claire Blake:Yes, I'm considered a very excellent cook.
Jack Thornton:How about giving these beans the benefit of your talent.
Claire Blake:I'll do nothing to help you! I'm your prisoner, and since you seem to want me with you, you'll take care of me.
Jack Thornton:Want you? We just had an attack of insanity and decided to keep you from committing suicide. A very bad idea, come to think of it.
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Referenced in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) (TV)See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Lust for Gold, 11 May 2009
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

THE CALL OF THE WILD (20th Century Pictures, 1935), directed by William A. Wellman, released at the time when classic literature becomes classic cinema, ranks one of the finer Jack London based stories transferred to the screen in spite the fact that it's actually a free adaptation to his classic 1903 novel. In true Hollywood tradition, this version plays like a matinée western, handsome hero, comic sidekick, pretty heroine and nasty villain. Instead of a horse, there's a tough St. Bernard by the name of Buck, who, unlike the novel, is a secondary character, leaving much of the story to its hero, Jack Thornton.

Opening title: "Yukon, 1900, Skagway - mushroom metropolis, the first stop on the long trail to the gold fields." After gambling away his fortune at the gambling tables of The Great Northern where people gather together for wine, liquor and cigars, Jack Thornton (Clark Gable) meets up with his old pal, "Shorty" Houlihan (Jack Oakie). Having served a six month jail sentence for opening another man's letter containing a map to a gold mine compiled by the late Martin Blake, Shorty, who copied the map by memory after destroying the original, invites Thornton to accompany him in the search. Along the way, Thornton acquires vicious St. Bernard named Buck from Joe Groggins (Sidney Toler), saving the animal from being shot by the demanding Mr. Smith (Reginald Owen), whom the dog despises; and Claire (Loretta Young), of San Francisco, camping alone in the woods surrounded by wolves, who happens to be the wife of John Blake, son of the late gold prospector. Blake, who's been missing for a week, is believed to be dead. Not wanting to leave the Blake woman alone in the wild, Thornton takes her with them. Together they form a partnership searching for gold while Blake (Frank Conroy), very much alive, having fallen victim to Smith and his murderous assistants (Charles Stevens and Lalos Encinas) out to get the claim for themselves.

With THE CALL OF THE WILD having been screened earlier by Pathe (1923) with Jack Mulhall; adapted again in 1972 starring Charlton Heston, and a several more in later years, it's the Gable version that's remembered best. Gable, on loan from his home studio of MGM, makes one of the finer Jack London heroes, forceful and confident; and perfect Hollywood leading man by the way of romance. Buck, having little to do plot-wise, serves the film's purpose with a key scene in the Dawson City sequence where he pulls a thousand pound load sled through the cheering crowd of spectators a hundred yards on slippery snow towards his calling master as part of a $1,000 bet Thornton made with Smith. Aside from fine chemistry between Gable and Young (who worked together again in the 1950 MGM comedy, KEY TO THE CITY), Buck has his call of the wild with a female dog companion as well.

Anyone reading the closing cast credits will notice that Katherine DeMille, listed for the role of Marie, is non-existent in the final print. According to Bob Dorian, former host of American Movie Classics, during one of its many broadcasts during the 1990s, mentioned that DeMille's scenes were cut after its initial premiere due to her questionable character, reducing its original 95 minute length to 81, where it has been since. It's believed her character appeared during the latter portion of the opening saloon sequence, prior to Thornton's purchase of Buck, which explains the immediate cut from one scene to another. As it stands now, no prints involving "Marie" exists today. What has survived, according to an episode of the 1970s TV documentary, "That's Hollywood," narrated by Tom Bosley, is a cut scene involving Smith's shooting Shorty over a gambling debt. Because audiences couldn't accept comedian Jack Oakie getting killed, it was cut with Oakie's scenes rewritten. Unlike most movies at that time, filmed mostly inside the studio set, THE CALL OF THE WILD ads touches of realism with its location shooting in the Washington State mountains. Rumor has it that freezing temperatures  caused production delays. Overall, THE CALL OF THE WILD is best noted for the off-screen romance chemistry between Gable and Young, as profiled during A&E's "Biography" on either Gable or Young.

Of all the Gable movies placed on VHS and DVD, it's a wonder why THE CALL OF THE WILD was never distributed on home video, considering its popularity due to frequent commercial TV revivals in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, unlike the now forgotten WHITE FANG (20th-1936), another Jack London based story transferred to the screen. Starring Michael Whalen and Jean Muir, it's opening titles read "A sequel to "The Call of the Wild." Aside from the title character being an offspring of Buck, and no sign of Clark Gable's Jack Thornton, there is a villain in the story named "Beauty" Smith, as portrayed by John Carradine, but not the same Smith wonderfully portrayed by Owen. Besides its former broadcasts on American Movie Classics prior to 2005, THE CALL OF THE WILD has also appeared on the Fox Movie Channel and Turner Classic Movies (TCM premiere: November 7, 2012)(***)

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