Doc-Ferret Movie Posters 2001: dfmp_0124_call_of_the_wild_1936 (The Call of the Wild; 1935; William A. Wellman; Clark Gable; Loretta Young; Jack Oakie; Reginald Owen; Frank Conroy; Katherine DeMille; Sidney Toler; James Burke; Charles Stevens; Lalo Encinas; Thomas E. Jackson; Tommy Jackson; Russ Powell; Herman Bing; George MacQuarrie; George McQuarrie; Buck; Buck the Dog; animal film; dog; )
The Call of the Wild is a 1935 American adventure film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Clark Gable, Loretta Young, and Jack Oakie. Based on Jack London's novel of the same name, the film is about a prospector heading for the Alaska gold fields who loses most of his money gambling. His luck changes when he pays $250 for a sled dog to keep him from being shot by an arrogant Englishman, who is also headed for the Yukon. After the dog helps him win a thousand dollars used to purchase supplies, the prospector and his friend head off for the Yukon with a map showing the location of a major gold mine. Along the way, they rescue a woman whose missing husband owned the original map. The three continue north in search of the gold mine. This was also the last film released under the 20th Century Pictures' banner before it merged with Fox Film Corporation to create 20th Century-Fox.
Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields. His luck changes when he pays $250 for Buck, a sled dog that is part wolf to keep him from being shot by an arrogant Englishman also headed for the Yukon. En route to the Yukon with Shorty Houlihan -- who spent time in jail for opening someone else's letter with a map of where gold is to be found -- Jack rescues a woman whose husband was the addressee of that letter. Buck helps Jack win a $1,000 bet to get the supplies he needs. And when Jack and Claire Blake pet Buck one night, fingers touch.