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Wild Geese Calling (1941)

Approved | | Drama | 15 August 1941 (USA)
In the 1890s lumberjack John leaves Seattle for Alaska to look for gold. After he marries dance hall girl Sally, he finds she used to be in love with his best friend Blackie.

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John Brahm
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Fonda ... John Murdock
Joan Bennett ... Sally Murdock
Warren William ... Blackie Bedford
Ona Munson ... Clarabella
Barton MacLane ... Pirate Kelly
Russell Simpson ... Marshal Len Baker
Iris Adrian ... Mazie
James C. Morton ... Mack
Paul Sutton ... Manager
Mary Field ... Jennie Delaney
Stanley Andrews ... Delaney
Robert Emmett Keane ... Ralph - Headwaiter
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Stout Guide (as Michael Morris)
George Watts George Watts ... Mush Mahoney
Charles Middleton ... Doctor Jed Sloan
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In the 1890s lumberjack John leaves Seattle for Alaska to look for gold. After he marries dance hall girl Sally, he finds she used to be in love with his best friend Blackie.

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All the thundering drama, romance of the best-selling novel!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidas sin rumbo See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Who would have ever suspected that Blackie was a bad sort?!
28 March 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In a whirlwind courtship, John Murdock (Henry Fonda) marries Sally (Joan Bennett). However, when John's old friend Blackie (Warren William) arrives, Sally is noticeably unimpressed. She knows that Blackie is a thoroughly rotten sort...with a girl in every port and all sorts of less than legal schemes. But she's hesitant to tell John, as she and Blackie had once been a number...and she doesn't want to tell him about her sordid past. So, grudgingly, she agrees to go to Alaska with the pair and supposedly strike it rich. However, everyone watching the film KNOWS that some bad is going to come of all this!

There were two things I had a hard time believing in this one. First, that Henry Fonda could play a lumberjack!! Second, that his character could be as stupid and believe the worst about his wife despite little evidence she's done him wrong. He was actually a very weak character....and I could understand why Fonda wasn't particularly proud of this film. Now this isn't to say it's a bad movie...but he is definitely given little with which to work. And, having Blackie being a disreputable sort was a hilarious cliche! But it is modestly entertaining and a decent time-passer...but not much more.


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