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Release Date:
9 August 1935 (USA) See more »
An Epic Novel . . . An Epic Picture !
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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  (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
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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Also Known As:
95 min (original release) | USA:81 min (re-release) | Portugal:79 min (cut) | West Germany:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Canada:PG (video rating) | Norway:A | USA:Approved (PCA #777) | West Germany:6 (f)

Did You Know?

Madeleine Carroll was originally set for the female lead, but it was eventually given to Loretta Young.See more »
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 »
Shorty Hoolihan:Oh well... You know I know a coupla people who used to fool around like that and they got children now.See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
North to Alaska with Buck, 21 April 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Wiliam Wellman is the director at the helm of this version of Jack London's immensely popular novel. As an adventure, this movie offers a lot of fun because of the enormous appeal of its star, Clark Gable. He is a man's man. Mr. Gable projected such an aura about himself that he carried from film to film, making him one of the favorites of all audiences. The gold rush is presented as it should have been for the people that went in search of riches in the inhospitable confines of Alaska.

In this version, Loretta Young plays Claire Blake, the woman who conquered Jack Thornton's heart. The rumored affair between Ms. Young and Mr. Gable is fun to look at. What's real, and what not? It's up to the stars to know and for us, the viewers, to guess. Ms. Young and Mr. Gable were appealing players, as they prove in this film.

In other roles, Jack Oakie, Reginald Owen, Frank Conroy, and other old faces from films of the era make wonderful appearances. Above all, Buck, the great St. Bernard dog in the film is amazing. It's a joy to watch Mr. Gable's scenes with Buck as they compliment one another in that frigid background.

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