Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild

Director: William Wellman

Cast: Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Jack Oakie

     
 

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The third screen version of Jack London's The Call of the Wild was also the first with sound, and it toyed with the classic adventure story a bit to add a love interest for leading man Clark Gable. Jack Thornton (Gable) is a would-be prospector who has headed to Alaska hoping to cash in on the gold rush. However, he loses most ofSee more details below

Overview

The third screen version of Jack London's The Call of the Wild was also the first with sound, and it toyed with the classic adventure story a bit to add a love interest for leading man Clark Gable. Jack Thornton (Gable) is a would-be prospector who has headed to Alaska hoping to cash in on the gold rush. However, he loses most of his stake in a poker game and instead ends up buying a Saint Bernard named Buck. He's able to pick up Buck for a song because he's too ill-tempered to pull a sled; Smith (Reginald Owen), Buck's former owner, treated him with cruelty and the dog mangled Smith's hand in retaliation. Jack loves the dog, though, and treats him with care and kindness. Buck bonds with Jack and soon becomes a loyal companion and a good sled dog. Angry and astounded, Smith bets Jack that Buck can't pull a half-ton sled 100 yards; while the old Buck would never have done it, with Jack's urging the dog manages the feat and Jack now has the funds to set out with his friend Shorty (Jack Oakie) to stake their claim. While searching for gold, Jack and Shorty discover Claire Blake (Loretta Young), the wife of a miner who abandoned her to look for a fresh vein of gold. A warmth grows between Claire and Jack in the frozen North, but Jack is forced to help her husband when he runs afoul of thieves trying to steal his claim. Six more films based on The Call of the Wild would follow this to the screen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/03/2013
UPC:
0024543919933
Original Release:
1935
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
11,351

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by author Darwin Porter; Restoration comparison; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Jack Thornton
Loretta Young Claire Blake
Jack Oakie Shorty Hollihan
Frank Conroy John Blake
Reginald Owen Smith
Sidney Toler Joe Groggins
Katherine de Mille Marie
Lalo Encinas Kali
Charles Stevens Francois
James Burke Olle
Duke Green Frank
Herman Bing Actor
Rex the Dog Actor
Sid Grauman Poker Player
Thomas E. Jackson Actor
George MacQuarrie Actor
John T. Murray Heavy on Stage
Bob Perry Stage Manager
Russell Powell Actor
Marie Wells Hilda

Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
Richard Day Art Director
Gene Fowler Screenwriter
H.T. Fritch Editor
Hanson T. Fritch Editor
William Goetz Associate Producer
Raymond Griffith Associate Producer
Omar Kiam Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Leonard Praskins Screenwriter
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Call of the Wild
1. Main Titles/Going Home
2. Interesting Mail
3. Taming Buck
4. The Tenderfoot
5. Second Thoughts
6. Mrs. Blake
7. Business Partners
8. Antipathy
9. The Wager
10. On the Trail
11. Law of the Klondike
12. Lucky Strike
13. Call of the Wild
14. Only One Answer
15. Bad Company
16. Right of Conquest
17. Death by Gold
18. Reunited
19. Saying Goodbye
20. Shorty Returns/End Titles

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