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Jack London (1943)





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This ambitious filmed biography of writer-adventurer Jack London is somewhat compromised by its too-tight budget. Michael O'Shea is well cast as London, whose rugged adventures range from the high seas to the Klondike. London's insatiable wanderlust causes friction in his marriage to the lovely Charmian (Susan Hayward), but she stands nobly by his side in good times and bad (it should be noted that the script is based on Mrs. London's memoirs). In the interests of topicality, the film contrives to have London endeavor to warn America of Japanese military expansion some four decades before Pearl Harbor. It is this story element that makes Jack London a bit difficult to watch today, despite the strong performances of O'Shea, Hayward and a superb supporting cast.

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Michael O'Shea
as Jack London
Susan Hayward
as Charmian Kittredge
Osa Massen
as Freda Maloof
Harry Davenport
as Prof. Hilliard
Frank Craven
as Old Tom
Ralph Morgan
as George Brett
Louise Beavers
as Mammy Jenny
Jonathan Hale
as Kerwin Maxwell
Leonard Strong
as Capt. Tanaka
Paul Hurst
as Lucky Luke Lannigan
Regis Toomey
as Scratch Nelson
Olin Howland
as Mailman
Albert Van Antwerp
as French Frank
Ernie S. Adams
as Whiskey Bob
John Kelly
as Red John
Robert E. Homans
as Capt. Allen
Morgan Conway
as Richard Harding Davis
Edward Earle
as James Hare
Arthur Loft
as Fred Palmer
Lumsden Hare
as English Correspondent
Brooks Benedict
as American Correspondent
Pierre Watkin
as American Consul
Paul Fung
as Japanese General
Charles Lung
as Interpreter
Bruce Wong
as Japanese Official
Eddie Lee
as Japanese Sergeant
Jack Roper
as Victor
Davison Clark
as Commissioner
Harold Minjir
as Literary Guest
Roy Gordon
as Literary Guest
Torben Meyer
as Literary Guest
Wallis Clark
as Theodore Roosevelt
Charles Miller
as William Loeb
Richard Loo
as Japanese Ambassador
Edmund Cobb
as Father of child
Dick Curtis
as Cannery Foreman
Sarah Padden
as Cannery Woman
Evelyn Finley
as Indian Maid
Rose Plummer
as Chairman's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Jack London

All Critics (1)

A routine biopicture, with some anachronistic notes, mostly known for Frederic Rich's Oscar-nominated score.

December 15, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jack London


A typical Hollywood biopic, typically overblown, but undercut by the star, Michael O'Shea, who seems a one note actor whose feet are too small for the part given him (although the attempt is plain to see), which might be why he is not remembered. The focus of the film at the final portion on London's Japanese adventure strain credulity.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

London surely had an exciting life some of which is shown here but leading man O'Shea has the screen charisma of lint and without a compelling center the film just plods along. Susan Hayward, exuding more presence and star quality in her small part than O"Shea ever would is wasted in a nothing part.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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