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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Jack Thornton
... Claire Blake
... 'Shorty' Hoolihan
... Mr. Smith
... John Blake
... Marie
... Joe Groggins
... Ole
... Francois
Lalo Encinas ... Kali
Thomas E. Jackson ... 'Tex' Rickard (as Tommy Jackson)
Russ Powell ... Bartender
... Sam
... Mounted Policeman (as George McQuarrie)
... 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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An Epic Novel . . . An Epic Picture !


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Goldfieber in Alaska  »

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Like many films of the era, this production was originally slated to film in the Southern Sierra Nevada near Sonora. In fact, production had already begun when a warm front melted the snow and forced a hasty and expensive move to Washington state. See more »

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Why call this a goof? It's just a funny way of saying he'd knife someone. See more »

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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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North to Alaska with Buck
21 April 2005 | by See 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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