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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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Adaptation of a classic novel which rather ignores its source material. Still, an enjoyable and agreeable adventure. See more (17 total) »

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:
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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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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 »
Quotes:
Jack Thornton:Look here, Smith. Why can't we do business?
Mr. Smith:I've always been open to an honest proposition, Mr. Thornton.
Jack Thornton:We'll give you the claim - all of it. You can have what gold we've got. But leave us some way of getting out of here. The winter snows are coming on.
Mr. Smith:[impatiently] My dear man, you call that a business proposition? We already *have* the mine, and the gold is ours by right of, how shall I put it?... By right of conquest. Do you mind if we don't argue the point any more?
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Adaptation of a classic novel which rather ignores its source material. Still, an enjoyable and agreeable adventure., 24 May 2006
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

Jack London's novel The Call Of The Wild is pretty much ignored in this 1935 adaptation. The title remains the same and there IS a dog named Buck involved in parts of the action, but apart from that the similarities are virtually non-existent. Far greater emphasis is placed on the human characters in the film than in the book. One has to assume that the film was written as a vehicle for Clark Gable, a big outdoor adventure yarn in which the star could get in to and out of a variety of hair-raising escapades in the frozen wilderness. The fact that London's novel is essentially an animal story with a few human characters passing through the narrative is of little significance to scripter Gene Fowler and director William Wellman. That's not to say The Call Of The Wild is a disposable film; the unusual and expensive decision to film on genuinely cold, mountainous locations (Washington state standing in for Yukon) shows that this was envisaged as a serious box office winner.

Struggling gold prospector Jack Thornton (Gable) and his goofy sidekick Shorty Hooliham (Jack Oakie) travel around the Yukon in the 19th Century, searching for an elusive gold strike that will make them richer than rich. They are helped in their adventures by a St Bernard dog named Buck. Also busily scouring the land for gold is the sinister English-man Smith (Reginald Owen), a cruel rival who has a mysterious past and even a little history with Thornton's dog. During their wanderings, Jack and Shorty come across a woman called Claire Blake (Loretta Young) whose husband has gone missing in the snowfields and could be dead. Claire teams up with Jack, Shorty and Buck, but it isn't long before she finds herself falling for Thornton's roguish charm, even though she cannot be sure if her husband is dead or alive.

The movie is very enjoyable in its old-fashioned way. I'm a believer in the theory that films should try to be faithful to their source material, at least to a reasonable extent, so in some ways I felt dismayed at the lack of respect towards London's original story. However, once I'd got that small irritation out of my system I found The Call Of The Wild a perfectly likable star vehicle. Gable is solid in a role that asks little of him other than to appear rugged and fearless. Owen is very good as the villain of the piece, while Young shares a good chemistry with the hero (in real-life, she and Gable were lovers). Jack Oakie is the least impressive of the key actors, mugging rather embarrassingly as the inevitable comical sidekick. The location work in Washington state adds a sense of authenticity to the film that is very uncommon for a movie made in the studio-bound '30s. On the negative side, though, the film settles for a very convenient ending which ditches plausibility so that the course of true love and personal success can run smoothly (indeed, IMPROBABLY smoothly) for the main protagonists. Of its type and era, however, The Call Of The Wild is watchable and entertaining fare.

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