The Call of the Wild (1935 film)

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The Call of the Wild
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by William A. Wellman
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Screenplay by
Based on The Call of the Wild 
by Jack London
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Charles Rosher
Edited by Hanson T. Fritch
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • August 9, 1935 (1935-08-09) (USA)
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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 omits all but one of the book's story lines.


A prospector heading for the Alaska gold fields 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. 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. After the dog wins them a thousand dollars used to purchase supplies, the three continue north in search of the gold mine.

This was the last film released under the 20th Century Pictures' banner before it merged with Fox Film Corporation to create 20th Century-Fox.



During the filming of The Call of the Wild, Clark Gable and Loretta Young had an affair that resulted in Young's hushed-up pregnancy and the birth of their daughter Judy Lewis (1935-2011).

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