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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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Action, Adventure & Romance In The Yukon 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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Trivia:
Loretta Young had a romance with Clark Gable while making this film, resulting in the birth of an out-of-wedlock daughter, Judy Lewis. For years, Ms. Young claimed she went away for a while, found the girl and adopted her. In 1994, Judy Lewis revealed the truth (which had long been the subject of speculation because of her resemblance to both parents) in her book "Uncommon Knowledge".See more »
Quotes:
Jack Thornton:[Just having watched three men drown, weighed down and trapped underwater by bags of gold they had tied around themselves] Well, they wanted gold. Now they got it.See more »
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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Action, Adventure & Romance In The Yukon, 21 May 2001
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

The Yukon Gold Rush: A savage dog and a lonely man each respond to THE CALL OF THE WILD, that primordial release of primitive urges, in their own way.

It should be understood immediately that this movie only borrows the title and a few incidents from Jack London's classic novel. And at that point the comparison between the two should end. This film, rousing & adventurous, is able to stand on its own merits. An excellent cast, fine production values (notice particularly the care with which Skagway & Dawson are depicted) and location shooting in Washington State are the film's strongest assets. The plot, meant solely for entertainment, is pure hokum...

Clark Gable brings his trademark masculinity to a role that didn't require a lot of stretching of his thespian muscles. But in essentially playing himself he is perfectly cast. One cannot overcome the suspicion that London's original story was reworked for the star. Gable had been through this before - remote setting, forces of nature, beautiful woman, adultery. Think RED DUST in the snow.

Loretta Young is the beautiful woman. From scene to scene, no matter what the hardship, she remains living proof that a first class Hollywood makeup job can withstand the worst ravages of the Klondike. This is perhaps too harsh. Like Gable, little more is required of her than to exude physicality. She is indeed a treat to the eyes, even if her inclusion in the plot is patently ludicrous. (The on screen attraction between Gable & Young wasn't faked. A daughter, ostensibly 'adopted' by Young in France, would be the result.)

As Gable's sidekick, comic Jack Oakie has one of his best screen roles. Getting to play most of his scenes strictly for laughs, he adds chuckles to the story which, one assumes, would have outraged London.

Twisting his usual pomposity to a sinister bent, English character actor Reginald Owen is memorable as the film's villain. Dangerously wicked, he makes us want to know more about this man called Smith, with money to burn and a raging temper. The screenplay, wisely, leaves his biography up to the imagination of the viewer.

Sidney Toler & Herman Bing are very good in small roles. Movie mavens will recognize Arthur Housman, veteran of many Laurel & Hardy comedy shorts, as a Skagway drunk with a surprisingly mean punch.

The affection between Gable and Buck, the great St. Bernard with whom he shares so many scenes, is obvious.

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