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Jack London (1943)

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Episodes in the adventurous life of the American novelist (1876-1916).

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Michael O'Shea ...
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Freda Maloof
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Prof. Hilliard
Frank Craven ...
Old Tom
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Mamie
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George Brett
Jonathan Hale ...
Kerwin Maxwell
Louise Beavers ...
Mammy Jenny
Leonard Strong ...
Captain Tanaka
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Scratch Nelson
Albert Van Antwerp ...
French Frank (as Albert van Antwerp)
Paul Hurst ...
'Lucky Luke' Lannigan
Lumsden Hare ...
English Correspondent
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Mike, Saloonkeeper
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Episodes in the novelist's life: In 1890, young Jack London quits a cannery job to try oyster piracy. Later, he signs on for a sealing voyage, tries Yukon prospecting and a brief university career, loving and leaving women along the way. Instead of riches, he gets story ideas. Suddenly, he finds success and a delectable lady; but the urge to adventure won't let him go. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The true adventures of America's rugged and remarkable hero! See more »


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24 December 1943 (USA)  »

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The Adventures of Jack London  »

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Even Susan Can't Save It!
5 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In his brief 40 years on Earth, author Jack London managed to cram as much adventure and incident as would seem possible. This 90-minute film, purportedly a biography of the man's life but patently fictionalized, doesn't even scratch the surface, and remains a story very ripe for a modern-day retelling. Here, Michael O'Shea, in one of his first roles, portrays London, and his performance is both rugged and sympathetic. He is not the problem here. Nor is a young and very beautiful Susan Hayward, playing his future wife, Charmian, whose biography on London is the "basis" for this film. London's life has here been broken down into a series of episodes, which the film skips lightly through. So we have brief incidents with London as an oyster pirate, a sealer in the Bering Sea, a gold prospector in the Yukon and a correspondent during the Russo-Japanese War...colorful events, for sure, but hardly given anything like in-depth treatment. And Alfred Santell's direction (he also directed one of Susan's first films, "Our Leading Citizen," in 1939) is lackadaisical at best. Making things rougher here is a very poor-quality DVD, with a crummy-looking print source and hissy sound. Perhaps the best thing about this movie rental, for me, was one of the DVD's extras: a catalog of all the Alpha Video films, featuring hundreds and hundreds of full-color movie posters. Let's just hope that these films are in better shape than "Jack London"!


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