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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 »




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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JAMES OLIVER CURWOOD'S DRAMATIC MASTERPIECE - A dynamic drama of the Frozen North from the pen of the greatest of all writers of outdoor stories See more »


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Release Date:

18 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La grande débâcle See more »

Filming Locations:

Alaska, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


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 »

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You'll be grateful that it's quite a short film
3 January 2010 | by napol3onsoloSee all my reviews

Call Of The Yukon is a low-grade film from a cheap studio. The acting is unbelievable and the plot does very little to sustain one's interest. In fact I'd say the canine performers add more to the film than the humans. Yet if you look past this then you may perhaps enjoy the film simply for its location shots of the frozen north and its depiction of wildlife, if that's your kind of thing.

The one thing that I thought was clever in the writing was how the behaviour of the dogs in the film reflect the attitudes of the main characters. But, this did little to save what was really just a hackneyed attempt at an adventure film. I was so grateful when this cheesy and sloppily chopped together film ended. And not a minute too soon...

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