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The Call of the Wild (1908)

George Redfeather, the hero of this subject, returns from Carlisle, where he not only graduated with high honors, but was also the star of the college football team. At a reception given in... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

Writers:

D.W. Griffith, Jack London (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Inslee ... George Redfeather
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Lieutenant Penrose
Florence Lawrence ... Gladys Penrose
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... Indian Agent / Indian
John R. Cumpson ... Chinese Servant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Gorman Charles Gorman
Arthur V. Johnson ... Party Guest / Indian
Claire McDowell ... Party Guest
Mack Sennett ... Party Guest / Indian
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George Redfeather, the hero of this subject, returns from Carlisle, where he not only graduated with high honors, but was also the star of the college football team. At a reception given in his honor by Lieut. Penrose, an Indian agent, the civilized brave meets Gladys, the lieutenant's daughter, and falls desperately in love with her. You may be sure he is indignantly repulsed by Gladys and ordered from the house for his presumption by her father. With pique he leaves, and we next find him in his own room, crushed and disappointed, for he realizes the truth: "Good enough as a hero, but not as a husband." What was the use of his struggle? As he reasons, his long suppressed nature asserts itself and he hears the call of the wild: "Out there is your sphere, on the boundless plains, careless and free, among your kind and kin, where all is truth." Here he sits; this nostalgic fever growing more intense every second, until in a fury he tears off the conventional clothes he wears, donning in... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1908 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Coytesville, New Jersey, USA

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jack London and D.W. Griffith
24 October 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

Jack London (who is regarded as the first celebrity writer of the 20th century) had his work brought to the screen by D.W. Griffith in this one-reeler film. Although other writers subsequently followed the same fate, Jack London was arguably the first living writer to have his work adapted for the new medium.


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