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Jack London (1943)

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

Director:

Alfred Santell

Writers:

Charmian London (book), Ernest Pascal (written for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael O'Shea ... Jack London
Susan Hayward ... Charmian Kittredge
Osa Massen ... Freda Maloof
Harry Davenport ... Prof. Hilliard
Frank Craven ... Old Tom
Virginia Mayo ... Mamie
Ralph Morgan ... George Brett
Jonathan Hale ... Kerwin Maxwell
Louise Beavers ... Mammy Jenny
Leonard Strong ... Captain Tanaka
Regis Toomey ... Scratch Nelson
Albert Van Antwerp 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 report of the first American prisoner of the Japs. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

24 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Jack London See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Saturday 17 April 1948 on WNBT (Channel 4), followed by Philadelphia Sunday 10 October 1948 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Boston Saturday 1 January 1949 on WBZ (Channel 4), by St. Louis Friday 21 January 1949 on KSD (Channel 5), and by Los Angeles Tuesday 8 March 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4). See more »

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Opening credits prologue: OAKLAND 1890 See more »

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They Don't Know Jack
6 January 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Hollywood's attempt to turn Jack London's life into a "Jack London" adventure film isn't a bad idea; certainly, he led an interesting, and sometimes adventurous, life. This film, however, winds up flat and unsatisfying. Most importantly, it lacks integrity. Michael O'Shea (as London) has some Londonesque speeches; and, it's nice to see his bearded Jack receive "The Call of the Wild" after spending some quality time alone, in the snowy mountains, with his dog, "Buck". Virginia Mayo and Susan Hayward are both very pretty. The film draws unfortunate "Yellow Peril" parallels between London's life and World War II, which are both strained and insulting.

** Jack London (11/24/43) Alfred Santell ~ Michael O'Shea, Susan Hayward, Virginia Mayo


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