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Call of the Yukon (1938)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 18 April 1938 (USA)
A fur trader guides a writer and her animals to safety in the Yukon territory when wolves are about to attack.


B. Reeves Eason (as B. Reaves Eason), John T. Coyle (co-director)


Gertrude Orr (screenplay), Bill Peet (screenplay) (as William Bartlett) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Arlen ... Gaston Rogers
Beverly Roberts ... Jean Williams
Lyle Talbot ... Hugo Henderson
Mala ... Olee John
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Conner
Ivan Miller Ivan Miller ... O'Malley
Billy Dooley ... Watchman
Al St. John ... Joe
Charles Anthony Hughes Charles Anthony Hughes ... Bill
Nina Campana Nina Campana ... Knudka
Swift Lightning Swift Lightning ... Swift Lightning
Firefly Firefly ... Firefly the Collie
Buck ... Buck, The St. Bernard
Toughie the Bear Toughie the Bear ... Toughie (as Toughie)
Roughie the Bear Roughie the Bear ... Roughie (as Roughie)


Utilizing a couple of unusual credits - John T. Coyle as the co-director and "Pre-Production Scenes Directed and Produced by Norman Dawn" - in addition to showing the following animals "credited" below the human cast (showing here to complete the casting order for fans of animal performers, since the IMDb does not give animal credits) the following were given cast credits below the 12th billed Nina Campana; Swift Lightning - half dog & half wolf (13), Firefly, a collie (14), Buck, a St. Bernard (15) (and about the 5th film Buck, from "Call of the Wild", had poster and film credits), Toughie and Roughie, two bear cubs (15 & 16) and Winkey, the Talking raven (17.) The film finds writer Jean Williams coming to a Eskimo settlement, Topek village, in search of material for a novel. The locals fear "Swift Lightning", a half dog-half wolf that leads a vicious wolf pack. To escape the merciless winter and the wolf pack, the entire village leaves on a boat brought there by the local white ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

18 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La grande débâcle See more »

Filming Locations:

Alaska, USA

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Edited into Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders (1953) See more »

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Passions in the frozen north
5 June 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Three years after 20th Century Fox made a great film from Jack London's Call Of The Wild, Republic made this pale imitation of another story of passions in the frozen north in Call Of The Yukon. Jack London set a mighty high standard in these kinds of adventure novels which this one really did not meet cinematically.

Richard Arlen plays a rugged trapper who like several of the Inuit is fleeing the country as a pack of wolves has pretty much devastated the wild game around there. Not because of the lack of game to trap, but because those wolves are ready to feast on some human meat if hungry enough. Not ready to flee is Beverly Roberts who's a novelist looking for solitude to write her next book which she's decided will be a story in that locale. Arlen packs her along unwillingly and he's most unwilling to take along a menagerie that consists of her talking bird, two bear cubs and a collie who is grieving for his master.

Without getting too much into the particulars there is a human and animal story played out at the same time. That collie develops a yen for the leader of the wolf pack, a half dog half wolf. Despite the attentions later on of a fine St. Bernard. That St. Bernard belongs to Lyle Talbot who is the sweetheart of Roberts who has come up to rescue her himself. I'm not spilling how the human or the animal passions play out here.

Some interesting sequences of the frozen north worked into this film, but it's a B Republic feature so what might have been a good film from one of the big studios is just a routine programmer from Republic.

It has potential, but too bad Jack London wasn't the screenwriter.

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