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Call of the Wild (1935)

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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Clark Gable and Loretta Young had an affair during filming, resulting in the birth of an out-of-wedlock daughter, Judy Lewis. To avoid hurting their careers, Young claimed she went away for a while, found the girl and adopted her. In 1994, 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 »

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When considering how to get a stake together, Clark Gable says, "Seven or eight hundred dollars is hard to get.... Ah, but we'll get it if we have to get a knife and stick somebody into it!" See more »

Quotes

Jack Thornton: I'm sorry I was so rough.
Claire Blake: Well, I... I'm sorry I was so unpleasant.
Shorty Hoolihan: Mmm... I'm sorry that I can't think of a thing to be sorry about.
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Referenced in Johnny Dangerously (1984) See more »

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Not exactly Jack London
13 May 2007 | by nnnn45089191See all my reviews

Based very loosely on the Jack London novel,this is a star-vehicle for the rough and likable Clark Gable.Thrown in there's a dog named Buck and Jack Okie as his comic sidekick, for Gable to bond with.Then there's beautiful Loretta Young for him to romance (which he also did in real-life,resulting in an illegitimate child.)Shot on location in Washington State the movie has a rugged outdoor look from which it benefits immensely.The portrait of the rough and tumble gold mining town of Skagway looks almost authentic.The performances are pretty standard.Gable is his rough and likable self,Jack Okie,the likable buffoon ,Loretta Young,a good love-interest and Reginald Owen a despicable villain.All in all an entertaining adventure movie.


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