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Call of the Wild (1935)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 9 August 1935 (USA)
During the Klondike Gold Rush, a traveler purchases a dog to lead the way toward the treasure, but reconsiders his journey when he finds a jilted married woman.

Director:

William A. Wellman (as William Wellman)

Writers:

Jack London (story), Gene Fowler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Lalo Encinas ... Kali
Thomas E. Jackson Thomas E. Jackson ... 'Tex' Rickard (as Tommy Jackson)
Russ Powell Russ Powell ... Bartender
Herman Bing ... Sam
George MacQuarrie ... Mounted Policeman (as George McQuarrie)
Buck ... Buck
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Storyline

Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields. His luck changes when he pays $250 for Buck, a sled dog that is part wolf to keep him from being shot by an arrogant Englishman also headed for the Yukon. En route to the Yukon with Shorty Houlihan -- who spent time in jail for opening someone else's letter with a map of where gold is to be found -- Jack rescues a woman whose husband was the addressee of that letter. Buck helps Jack win a $1,000 bet to get the supplies he needs. And when Jack and Claire Blake pet Buck one night, fingers touch. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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yukon | gold | map | dog | alaska | See All (25) »

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An Epic Novel . . . An Epic Picture !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goldfieber in Alaska See more »

Filming Locations:

Mammoth Lakes, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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(original) | (re-release) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 95 minutes; later cut to 81 minutes for a re-issue. For many years only the cut re-issue version was available for television showings, and it is also the version released on DVD in 2006 as part of the Clark Gable Collection. The original length version remained unseen until it was released on blu-ray in 2013. See more »

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North to Alaska with Buck
21 April 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Wiliam Wellman is the director at the helm of this version of Jack London's immensely popular novel. As an adventure, this movie offers a lot of fun because of the enormous appeal of its star, Clark Gable. He is a man's man. Mr. Gable projected such an aura about himself that he carried from film to film, making him one of the favorites of all audiences. The gold rush is presented as it should have been for the people that went in search of riches in the inhospitable confines of Alaska.

In this version, Loretta Young plays Claire Blake, the woman who conquered Jack Thornton's heart. The rumored affair between Ms. Young and Mr. Gable is fun to look at. What's real, and what not? It's up to the stars to know and for us, the viewers, to guess. Ms. Young and Mr. Gable were appealing players, as they prove in this film.

In other roles, Jack Oakie, Reginald Owen, Frank Conroy, and other old faces from films of the era make wonderful appearances. Above all, Buck, the great St. Bernard dog in the film is amazing. It's a joy to watch Mr. Gable's scenes with Buck as they compliment one another in that frigid background.


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