Jack London

Jack London

Alfred Santell (1943)

93min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
B-movie specialist Alfred Santell probably wasn't the right sort of director for this biopic of the novelist whose adventure stories (Call of the Wild, White Fang) were the source for many a Hollywood movie. As the writer, Broadway actor Michael O'Shea is also not ideal casting - you need someone like Clark Gable to pull off this globe-trotting, hard-drinking womaniser - while the film's emphasis on the Japanese-American conflict of 1904 is milked for contemporary relevance. Susan Hayward barely registers as London's wife, upon whose memoir the film is loosely based. It was the first production for Samuel Bronston, who later became famous for producing all-star epics like El Cid and The Fall of the Roman Empire.

Summary

Biopic of the writer, following his experiences as a seaman and prospector, and how they influenced his later works. Starring Michael O'Shea and Susan Hayward.

Cast & Crew

Jack London Michael O'Shea
Charmian Kittredge Susan Hayward
Freda Maloof Osa Massen
Director Alfred Santell

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. Ltd
Drama