Call of the Yukon is a 1938 American action/adventure film produced and released by Republic Pictures, directed by John T. Coyle and B. Reeves Eason and starring Richard Arlen and Beverly Roberts. The film features extensive Alaskan location shooting by Norman Dawn who shot several films there. The film is based on the 1926 novel Swift Lightning A Story Of Wildlife Adventure In The Frozen North by Northern genre writer James Oliver Curwood. The film's working titles were Thunder in Alaska and Swift Lightning.
Adventuring author Jean Williams is living in the wilds of Alaska alongside the Eskimo people gathering material for her novel. She befriends several animals who become her loyal friends such as a pair of bear cubs whose mother has been killed by hunter Gaston Rogers, a talking raven and the bereaved collie Firefly who will not leave the grave of her master, a game warden killed in the line of duty.
Running Time: 70 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: Approved
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.
Richard Arlen as Gaston Rogers
Beverly Roberts as Jean Williams
Lyle Talbot as Hugo Henderson
Mala as Olee John
Garry Owen as Conner
Ivan Miller as O'Malley
Billy Dooley as Watchman
Al St. John as Joe
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