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Director:
Writers:
Jack London (story)
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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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The Call of the Wild (1935) *** See more (17 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
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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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The World Premiere was held at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles. However, the public would not accept the killing of Jack Oakie at the end so a new ending keeping Oakie alive was filmed before national release.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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Call of the Wild (1935) ***, 17 May 2005
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

This is my first exposure to anything regarding THE CALL OF THE WILD. Meaning that I haven't read Jack London's original novel, never saw any of the earlier film versions, and did not see any of the later remakes. Even as a Charlton Heston fan I've so far avoided his 1972 edition because it's said to be pretty bad; even Heston begged his fans not to see it! But all that may soon change, as I enjoyed the 1935 version, starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young.

Gable is well cast as Jack Thornton, a rugged and adventurous type who travels the Yukon on a hunt for gold with the aid of his comical sidekick Shorty (Jack Oakie) and man's best friend, Buck the dog. In the midst of their quest they stumble upon a shaken woman (Young) whose husband has disappeared in the wilderness and may or may not be dead. Fearing the worst, Young joins the expedition and the expected romance with Gable gradually takes shape.

For me, one of the highlights of the picture was British actor Reginald Owen who scores high with his portrayal of a nasty rich man who's also competing with Gable for the loot. Never short on snobbish insults, and harboring a personal vendetta against Thornton's dog Buck, Owen is a delight in every scene he's in. The same cannot necessarily be said for Jack Oakie, however... as Shorty, his goofy shenanigans sometimes verge on the overbearing.

A nice mixture of adventure, villainy, romance, and some comedy that occasionally works, makes for a mostly good time. I was a little let down by the convenient ending. *** out of ****

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