Jack London

Jack London

Director: Alfred Santell

Cast: Alfred Santell, Michael O'Shea, Susan Hayward, Osa Massen

     
 

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This ambitious filmed biography of writer-adventurer Jack London is somewhat compromised by its too-tight budget. Michael O'Shea is well cast as London, whose rugged adventures range from the high seas to the Klondike. London's insatiable wanderlust causes friction in his marriage to the lovely Charmian (Susan Hayward), but she stands nobly by his side in good times

Overview

This ambitious filmed biography of writer-adventurer Jack London is somewhat compromised by its too-tight budget. Michael O'Shea is well cast as London, whose rugged adventures range from the high seas to the Klondike. London's insatiable wanderlust causes friction in his marriage to the lovely Charmian (Susan Hayward), but she stands nobly by his side in good times and bad (it should be noted that the script is based on Mrs. London's memoirs). In the interests of topicality, the film contrives to have London endeavor to warn America of Japanese military expansion some four decades before Pearl Harbor. It is this story element that makes Jack London a bit difficult to watch today, despite the strong performances of O'Shea, Hayward and a superb supporting cast.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Michael O'Shea looks a bit like a young Spencer Tracy but the resemblance ends right there. In fact, Jack London could have used an actor of Tracy's verve and vigor, the aforementioned Mr. O'Shea hardly suggesting the ruggedness of the legendary author. Not that the failure of the film is all down to O'Shea's too innocuous performance. The majority of the blame must instead go to screenwriter Ernest Pascal, who allows his protagonist to speak lines that sounds too much like book cover blurbs. The film biography marked the first production of Samuel Bronston and the screen acting debut of Virginia Mayo. The latter, who plays London's partner in an oyster boat, married Michael O'Shea in 1947.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
UPC:
0089218462695
Original Release:
1943
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
65,969

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael O'Shea Jack London
Susan Hayward Charmain Kittredge
Osa Massen Freda Maloof
Harry Davenport Prof. Hilliard
Virginia Mayo Mamie
Frank Craven Old Tom
Ralph Morgan George Brett
Louise Beavers Mammy Jenny
Jonathan Hale Kerwin Maxwell
Leonard Strong Capt. Tanaka
Paul Hurst Lucky Luke Lannigan
Regis Toomey Scratch Nelson
Hobart Cavanaugh Mike
Olin Howland Mailman
Ernie S. Adams Whiskey Bob
John Kelly Red John
Robert E. Homans Capt. Allen
Morgan Conway Richard Harding Davis
Arthur Loft Fred Palmer
Lumsden Hare English Correspondent
Brooks Benedict American Correspondent
Pierre Watkin American Consul
Paul Fung Gen. Fuji
Charlie Lung Interpreter
Bruce Wong Japanese Official
Eddie Lee Japanese Sergeant
John Fisher Spider
Jack Roper Victor
Sven Hugo Borg Axel
Davison Clark Commissioner
Harold Minjir Literary Guest
Roy Gordon Literary Guest
Torben Meyer Literary Guest
Edmund Cobb Father of child
Wallis Clark Theodore Roosevelt
Charles Miller William Loeb
Dick Curtis Cannery Foreman
Sarah Padden Cannery Woman
Evelyn Finley Indian Maid
Rose Plummer Lydia, Chairman's Secretary
Albert van Antwerp French Frank
Edward Earle James Hare
Sidney D'Albrook Pete
Richard Loo Japanese Ambassador

Technical Credits
Alfred Santell Director
John W. Boyle Cinematographer
Samuel Bronston Producer
Maria P. Donovan Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Arnold McDonald Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph H. Nadel Associate Producer
Ernest Pascal Screenwriter
Harry Redmond Special Effects
Freddie Rich Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Earl B. Wooden Set Decoration/Design
William H. Ziegler Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [:08]
2. Chapter 2 [15:41]
3. Chapter 3 [18:26]
4. Chapter 4 [13:37]
5. Chapter 5 [15:19]
6. Chapter 6 [13:26]

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