The Call of the Wild

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, ...
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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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Special Features

Commentary by author Darwin Porter; Original theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/2013
  • UPC: 024543920052
  • Original Release: 1935
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  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 17,759

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
Rex the Dog
Sid Grauman Poker Player
Thomas E. Jackson
George MacQuarrie
John T. Murray Heavy on Stage
Bob Perry Stage Manager
Russell Powell
Marie Wells Hilda
Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
Richard Day Art Director
Gene Fowler Screenwriter
Hanson T. Fritch Editor
H.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 Sr. Cinematographer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer
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