The Call of the Wild (1908 film)

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The Call of the Wild
Directed by D. W. Griffith
Written by D. W. Griffith
Starring Charles Inslee
Cinematography Arthur Marvin
Release date
  • October 27, 1908 (1908-10-27)
Running time
16 minutes (two reels)
Country United States
Language Silent

The Call of the Wild is a 1908 American short adventure film directed by D.W. Griffith. It starred Charles Inslee, Harry Solter and Florence Lawrence. The film was made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company when it and many other early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the beginning of the 20th century.[1] This film is preserved in the paper print collection of the Library of Congress.[2]

Despite its similarity in title it is unrelated to the Jack London story.


A white girl (Florence Lawrence) rejects a proposal from an Indian brave (Charles Inslee) in this early one-reel Western melodrama. Despite the rejection, the Indian still comes to the girl's defense when she is abducted by his warring tribe. In her first year in films, Florence Lawrence was already the most popular among the Biograph Company's anonymous stock company players. By 1909, she was known the world over as "The Biograph Girl."


  1. ^ Koszarski, Richard (2004), Fort Lee: The Film Town, Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl, ISBN 0-86196-653-8 
  2. ^ Call of the Wild - Plot Synopsis

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