Call of the Wild

1935

Action / Adventure / Drama / Romance / Western

58
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 50%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 1476

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Cast

Clark Gable as Jack Thornton
Loretta Young as Claire Blake
Reginald Owen as Mr. Smith
Jack Oakie as 'Shorty' Hoolihan
720p.BLU
753.01 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 35 min
P/S 2 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Hitchcoc 6 / 10

Change the Title to Clark Gable and His Dog

I'm the last person to say, "The movie was OK, but the book was better." The problem here is that other than the title and the name of the dog, there is no connection between the two. While the movie is a decent story involving the Yukon with lots of adventure, the whole plot of the book went by the wayside. Of course, we have two big stars of the early cinema, Clark Gable and Loretta Young, with romance the object, and a big race as the climactic moment. So it has pretty good quality and storytelling. But it is misleading to use the title of the Jack London book. It's like doing a Poe movie called "The Pit and the Pendulum" and having no pit and no pendulum. If I were to evaluate the movie on its own merits, I would say it is about average.

Reviewed by mark.waltz 7 / 10

You can't tame the wilderness.

Nature seems to have a way of fighting back against those who try to steal its natural resources. Those searching for gold in the Yukon are prey to all sorts of natural obstacles, from the rushing rivers of cold, flowing water as well as the often non-stop snow that often comes with blizzard conditions. The men who went there often never came back, and those who did found a new sense of respect for nature's wrath.

Jack London's tale of brave and villainous men is also a love story of man's desire to conquer the great outdoors. It is a story of the devoted friendship of man and dog, and often, the dog is more the hero than the human. For Clark Gable, the desire for gold doesn't come without its risks, and with a loyal St. Bernard by his side, the adventure he finds will be more valuable than gold.

Keeping his prize St. Bernard is not without its challenges, betting it on a challenge that he can pull a thousand pounds. But the dastardly Reginald Owen isn't about to loose gracefully, and makes great effort to win back his loss. Along the way, Gable meets stranded Loretta Young who believes that her husband died in a blizzard. With the help of the friendly St. Bernard and jovial Jack Oakie, they set up camp and find a sudden romance that only fate can interrupt.

With great scenery and some thrilling action sequences, this seems slight on plot but that doesn't stop it from being often thrilling. Directed with gusto by the legendary William Wellman, this never sags. There's even some light humor, particularly an adorable sequence when the dog heads off to the howling of wolves and briefly makes an adorable new friend. DVD prints run short by almost 20 minutes making me wonder what ever happened to the full, original print, and if this is one released for T.V. broadcasts.

Reviewed by joepi18 6 / 10

Call of the wild(1935)

I'm certainly not writing this review to praise Clark Gable. Loud,adamant,disrespectful to his director, William Wellman,and usually late on the set for this flick, Gable suffered from being overly confident about his slightly-above-average acting ability. His spoiled temperament and tardiness abruptly came to an end one day when Bill Wellman reprimanded him for his egregious disposition, and frankly told him that if he arrived late again on the set the next day, he would be canned immediately. Gable clammed up. He arrived on the set the next day and every day thereafter until the film was finally completed. This incident was verified on a PBS special.

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