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Jack London (1943)

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


Alfred Santell


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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


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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Release Date:

24 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Jack London See more »

Filming Locations:

Belden, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Even Susan Can't Save It!
5 December 2007 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

In his brief 40 years on Earth, author Jack London managed to cram as much adventure and incident as would seem possible. This 90-minute film, purportedly a biography of the man's life but patently fictionalized, doesn't even scratch the surface, and remains a story very ripe for a modern-day retelling. Here, Michael O'Shea, in one of his first roles, portrays London, and his performance is both rugged and sympathetic. He is not the problem here. Nor is a young and very beautiful Susan Hayward, playing his future wife, Charmian, whose biography on London is the "basis" for this film. London's life has here been broken down into a series of episodes, which the film skips lightly through. So we have brief incidents with London as an oyster pirate, a sealer in the Bering Sea, a gold prospector in the Yukon and a correspondent during the Russo-Japanese War...colorful events, for sure, but hardly given anything like in-depth treatment. And Alfred Santell's direction (he also directed one of Susan's first films, "Our Leading Citizen," in 1939) is lackadaisical at best. Making things rougher here is a very poor-quality DVD, with a crummy-looking print source and hissy sound. Perhaps the best thing about this movie rental, for me, was one of the DVD's extras: a catalog of all the Alpha Video films, featuring hundreds and hundreds of full-color movie posters. Let's just hope that these films are in better shape than "Jack London"!

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