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Tom Turner, a naturalist, comes to the "Topa Topa" district (named for the mountain), and falls in love with widow Margaret Weston. This irks fur-trapper Pete Taylor, who has designs on ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Joan Valerie ...
Margaret Weston (as Helen Hughes)
James Bush ...
Jim Turner
LeRoy Mason ...
Pete Taylor
Ruth Coleman ...
Laura Morton
Jill L'Estrange ...
Jill Morton
Trevor Bardette ...
Joe Morton
Fred Santley ...
Chuck Foster
Lyons Wickland ...
The Coroner
Patsy Moran ...
Silver Wolf ...
Fangs, the Dog
Goldie ...
Goldie, the Eagle


Tom Turner, a naturalist, comes to the "Topa Topa" district (named for the mountain), and falls in love with widow Margaret Weston. This irks fur-trapper Pete Taylor, who has designs on Margaret himself. Pete's partner, Joe Morton, accuses him of stealing some pelts and this angers Pete to the point where he kills Morton. Pete then uses the head of a dead wolf to bite Morton and make it appear that Silver Wolf killed Morton. Silver Wolf is immediately placed on trial and a judge rules him guilty, and orders him killed. But Goldie the Eagle swoops down, snatches little Laura Morton and deposits her on top of Topa Topa. Silver Wolf goes in pursuit, rescues the girl and then, in completely justifiable self-defense, kills Pete. Tom then uses his naturalist skills to vindicate Silver Wolf of the Morton murder, and wins the hand of Margaret in the process. Written by Les Adams <>

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17 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Children of the Wild  »

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1.37 : 1
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Dull stuff....
9 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Topa Topa" (also called "Children of the Wild") is an obviously low-budget film. Its overuse of stock footage, production values and bad acting make this all too clear. Because of this, I questioned my sanity while I sat and watched this film.

A nice naturalist, Tom Turner, moves to the wilderness for his work. Soon, he falls for a lovely local lady, the Widow Weston. However, the evil fur trapper, Pete, has designs on her. But, in the meantime, he contents himself with murdering his partner and making it appears as if a local half dog/half wolf, Silver Wolf, is responsible and the authorities decide to put the dog to death! Can the murder be solved and the nice doggy be saved?

This film probably played a bit better back in the old days but even by 1938 this sort of dog film was already a bit old fashioned, as the Rin Tin Tin films were over a decade old. Additionally, the unrestrained use of stock footage really sank this one--making the film seem awkward and cheap compared to the other films of the genre. All too often, the stock footage was grainy and obvious...heck, that's being too generous--it ALWAYS looked grainy and obvious. In fact, if you removed this footage, the film would probably only be about 40 minutes in length! Overall, a very cheap and inconsequential film that isn't worth your time unless, like me, you are someone who will watch even the worst films from time to time!

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