The Call of the Wild (1976 film)

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The Call of the Wild
Directed byJerry Jameson
Produced by
Screenplay byJames Dickey
Based onThe Call of the Wild
by Jack London
StarringJohn Beck
Billy "Green" Bush
Dennis Burkley
Music byPeter Matz
CinematographyMatthew F. Leonetti
Edited byTom Stevens
Charles Fries Productions
Distributed by
Release date
  • May 22, 1976 (1976-05-22) (U.S.)
Running time
100 min.
CountryUnited States

The Call of the Wild is a 1976 American television film based on Jack London's 1903 novel The Call of the Wild. The film, starring John Beck, was directed by Jerry Jameson from a script by the poet and novelist James Dickey. One of several adaptations of London's novel, this version was produced following the success of the 1972 film Deliverance, an adaptation of Dickey's novel of the same title. The author's son, Christopher Dickey, wrote in his 1998 memoir, Summer of Deliverance, that "[t]he Hollywood concept [for the 1976 film] was James Dickey meets Jack London; sort of Deliverance in the Klondike."[1]


  1. ^ Dickey, Christopher (1999) [1998]. Summer of Deliverance: A Memoir of Father and Son. New York: Simon & Schuster/Touchstone. p. 197. ISBN 0-684-85537-2. Retrieved October 7, 2012.

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