The Call of the Wild (1935 film)

The Call of the Wild

Theatrical release poster
Directed by William A. Wellman
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Screenplay by
Based on The Call of the Wild
1903 novel
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 based on Jack London's novel of the same name, directed by William A. Wellman, and stars Clark Gable, Loretta Young and Jack Oakie. 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.



During the filming of The Call of the Wild, Clark Gable impregnated Loretta Young, which resulted in Young's hushed-up pregnancy and the birth of their daughter Judy Lewis (1935-2011). The pregnancy was widely assumed to be the result of an affair; however, in 2015, Linda Lewis, Young's daughter-in-law, stated publicly that Young had confided to her before her death that Gable had raped Young, and that, though the two had flirted on-set, there had been no affair.[1] This was the last film released under the Twentieth Century Pictures' banner before it merged with Fox Film Corporation to create 20th Century Fox.

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See also


  1. Petersen, Anne Helen (July 12, 2015). "Clark Gable Accused Of Raping Co-Star". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
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