Call of the Wild Reviews

  • Feb 16, 2020

    Clark Gable is the perfect actor for this part. He inserts himself, no attempt at upstaging, he brings all of the rest of the cast into the story. This is REAL acting. As though it was in front of a live audience. We do not see this in today's movies. Princess Leah is dead, but she lives on in CGI.

    Clark Gable is the perfect actor for this part. He inserts himself, no attempt at upstaging, he brings all of the rest of the cast into the story. This is REAL acting. As though it was in front of a live audience. We do not see this in today's movies. Princess Leah is dead, but she lives on in CGI.

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Feb 05, 2018

    Why were the 1930's so chock full of rousing adventure tales? With gold as the Macguffin, Gable (the hardy lead), Oakie (the stalward sidekick), Young (the delectable object of desire) and a huge St.Bernard dog venture into the frozen and windy Yukon wastes. The story practically writes itself afterwards, loosely based on Jack London's story. Worthy of multiple re-viewings, this is one of the good ones.

    Why were the 1930's so chock full of rousing adventure tales? With gold as the Macguffin, Gable (the hardy lead), Oakie (the stalward sidekick), Young (the delectable object of desire) and a huge St.Bernard dog venture into the frozen and windy Yukon wastes. The story practically writes itself afterwards, loosely based on Jack London's story. Worthy of multiple re-viewings, this is one of the good ones.

  • Mar 18, 2017

    170401: Not as impactful as I had hoped. Remember reading the book when I was young and it was so good. This film version, not so much. The story is not focused on Buck but rather buddies Jack Thornton (Clark Gable) & Shorty Hoolihan (Jack Oakie) and their experiences during the Klondike Gold Rush.

    170401: Not as impactful as I had hoped. Remember reading the book when I was young and it was so good. This film version, not so much. The story is not focused on Buck but rather buddies Jack Thornton (Clark Gable) & Shorty Hoolihan (Jack Oakie) and their experiences during the Klondike Gold Rush.

  • Sep 07, 2016

    this was pretty good...

    this was pretty good...

  • Panta O Super Reviewer
    May 17, 2014

    I watched this American adventure film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Clark Gable, Loretta Young, and Jack Oakie, before and decided to revisit it and write this review. Based on Jack London's novel of the same name, the film omits all but one of the book's story lines! This was the third screen version of the popular Jack London's classic adventure story but the first with sound. And where you find Clark Gable, it was impossible not to have a love story (which wasn't in the book). 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. There was a lot of real drama connected to this film. This was the last film released under the 20th Century Pictures' banner before it merged with Fox Film Corporation to create 20th Century-Fox, and 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). The film doesn't even come close to the book in quality and excitement, but it is a solid piece of work from its time... especially the first half hour of it! If you want to see a little bit more about the life on the frontier in the US around 1900, not bad for beginners!

    I watched this American adventure film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Clark Gable, Loretta Young, and Jack Oakie, before and decided to revisit it and write this review. Based on Jack London's novel of the same name, the film omits all but one of the book's story lines! This was the third screen version of the popular Jack London's classic adventure story but the first with sound. And where you find Clark Gable, it was impossible not to have a love story (which wasn't in the book). 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. There was a lot of real drama connected to this film. This was the last film released under the 20th Century Pictures' banner before it merged with Fox Film Corporation to create 20th Century-Fox, and 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). The film doesn't even come close to the book in quality and excitement, but it is a solid piece of work from its time... especially the first half hour of it! If you want to see a little bit more about the life on the frontier in the US around 1900, not bad for beginners!

  • Jan 02, 2014

    faithful to the source material (big surprise) but still a good actioner gable n young have good chemistry and i don't usually care for loretta young.

    faithful to the source material (big surprise) but still a good actioner gable n young have good chemistry and i don't usually care for loretta young.

  • Jan 02, 2013

    Slight but enjoyable. Wellman brings some great visual energy especially in the opening.

    Slight but enjoyable. Wellman brings some great visual energy especially in the opening.

  • Mar 08, 2010

    Very well made, with impressive outdoors shooting and cinematography. Good performances, especially from Oakie in a supporting role. Great pace, always interesting. Well produced and Clark Gable is ideally cast.

    Very well made, with impressive outdoors shooting and cinematography. Good performances, especially from Oakie in a supporting role. Great pace, always interesting. Well produced and Clark Gable is ideally cast.

  • Aug 29, 2009

    A good adaptation of Jack London's masterpiece starring the legendary Clark Gable

    A good adaptation of Jack London's masterpiece starring the legendary Clark Gable

  • Jun 09, 2009

    The Call of the Wild (1935) Very loosely based on Jack London's book and directed by William Wellman. Jack Thornton (Clark Gable) is an Alaska prospector. He meets up with Shorty Houlihan (Jack Oakey) who spent some time in jail opening other people's mail. He remembers one letter that has a map to a valuable gold mine. What he has written down from memory is enough to get them partnered up and headed up into the Yukon to find it. One of their sled dogs, Buck, is a wild half-wolf, who somehow befriends Jack. While Jack and Shorty are on their way, they rescue a woman surrounded by wolves. Claire Blake (Loretta Young) is the wife of the man who that original letter was written to. The husband took off on his own to get help. Claire, Jack and Shorty create an uneasy alliance to continue on to this gold field. However, there are desperate men, led by Mr. Smith (Reginald Owen) trying to find this gold too. Jack Oakey actually steals the show from these other actors. This movie is probably better known as where Loretta Young got knocked up by Clark Gable in real life.

    The Call of the Wild (1935) Very loosely based on Jack London's book and directed by William Wellman. Jack Thornton (Clark Gable) is an Alaska prospector. He meets up with Shorty Houlihan (Jack Oakey) who spent some time in jail opening other people's mail. He remembers one letter that has a map to a valuable gold mine. What he has written down from memory is enough to get them partnered up and headed up into the Yukon to find it. One of their sled dogs, Buck, is a wild half-wolf, who somehow befriends Jack. While Jack and Shorty are on their way, they rescue a woman surrounded by wolves. Claire Blake (Loretta Young) is the wife of the man who that original letter was written to. The husband took off on his own to get help. Claire, Jack and Shorty create an uneasy alliance to continue on to this gold field. However, there are desperate men, led by Mr. Smith (Reginald Owen) trying to find this gold too. Jack Oakey actually steals the show from these other actors. This movie is probably better known as where Loretta Young got knocked up by Clark Gable in real life.