Wild Geese Calling (1941)

78 mins | Drama | 15 August 1941

Director:

John Brahm

Writer:

Horace McCoy

Producer:

Harry Joe Brown

Cinematographer:

Lucien Ballard

Editor:

Walter Thompson

Production Designers:

Richard Day, Albert Hogsett

Production Company:

Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's opening credits show a man taking a book from a shelf, the cover of which lists the title and author, Stewart Edward White. The acting and production credits are revealed as the book is opened and the pages turned. The Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library indicates that Bruce Humberstone was considered as director of the picture, and that shots of the wild geese were filmed at Willows, CA. The scripts collection also notes that in mid-Apr 1941, Charles Stallings was scheduled to be the assistant director, but the extent of his contribution to the released picture has not been confirmed. According to a HR news item, the company spent three days filming on location at Lake Arrowhead, ... More Less

The film's opening credits show a man taking a book from a shelf, the cover of which lists the title and author, Stewart Edward White. The acting and production credits are revealed as the book is opened and the pages turned. The Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library indicates that Bruce Humberstone was considered as director of the picture, and that shots of the wild geese were filmed at Willows, CA. The scripts collection also notes that in mid-Apr 1941, Charles Stallings was scheduled to be the assistant director, but the extent of his contribution to the released picture has not been confirmed. According to a HR news item, the company spent three days filming on location at Lake Arrowhead, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
26 Jul 1941.
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Daily Variety
24 Jul 1941.
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Film Daily
25 Jul 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Apr 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
14 May 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
15 May 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
16 May 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 41
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jun 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jun 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Aug 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
24 Jul 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Jul 41
p. 196.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Sep 41
p. 249.
New York Times
30 Aug 41
p. 10.
Variety
30 Jul 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
COSTUMES
MUSIC
PRODUCTION MISC
Pub dir
STAND INS
Stand-in for Joan Bennett
Stand-in for Grey Shadow
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Wild Geese Calling by Stewart Edward White (New York, 1940).
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 August 1941
Production Date:
14 May--23 June 1941
retakes 26 June 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 August 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10881
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78
Length(in feet):
7,100
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7439
SYNOPSIS

Drifter John Murdock travels from job to job, always seeking new sights and experiences. Whenever John sees a flock of wild geese heading for parts unknown, he gets a notion to move on. Following his yearnings, he leaves a lumber job in the Cascade Mountains to go to Seattle. There he is to meet an old friend, Blackie Bedford, who owes him money. Blackie does not show up at their appointed meeting place, but sends word for John to wait. John gets another lumber job, and makes the acquaintance of Sally, a saloon dancer. Sally is impressed with John's gentle nature, despite his restlessness, and John quickly falls in love with the high-spirited Sally. The two are married and spend a happy month together until one day, Blackie arrives. Unknown to John, Blackie was Sally's former sweetheart, and is still enamoured of her. Sally makes clear to Blackie, however, that she is interested only in John, and that he is not to tell John of their prior relationship. Blackie, a rogue who is perpetually involved in shady deals, tells John and Sally that he has won half-interest in an Alaskan hotel from a tough mug named Pirate Kelly. John and Blackie have a run-in with Kelly, who asserts that Blackie won the hotel in a crooked dice game. John throws Kelly off the boat that he and Blackie are inspecting so that Blackie can buy it and sail to Alaska. Soon after, John tells Sally that he wants to go with Blackie, and despite her misgivings, Sally agrees. Upon their arrival in Klakan, Alaska, Sally and John find that ... +


Drifter John Murdock travels from job to job, always seeking new sights and experiences. Whenever John sees a flock of wild geese heading for parts unknown, he gets a notion to move on. Following his yearnings, he leaves a lumber job in the Cascade Mountains to go to Seattle. There he is to meet an old friend, Blackie Bedford, who owes him money. Blackie does not show up at their appointed meeting place, but sends word for John to wait. John gets another lumber job, and makes the acquaintance of Sally, a saloon dancer. Sally is impressed with John's gentle nature, despite his restlessness, and John quickly falls in love with the high-spirited Sally. The two are married and spend a happy month together until one day, Blackie arrives. Unknown to John, Blackie was Sally's former sweetheart, and is still enamoured of her. Sally makes clear to Blackie, however, that she is interested only in John, and that he is not to tell John of their prior relationship. Blackie, a rogue who is perpetually involved in shady deals, tells John and Sally that he has won half-interest in an Alaskan hotel from a tough mug named Pirate Kelly. John and Blackie have a run-in with Kelly, who asserts that Blackie won the hotel in a crooked dice game. John throws Kelly off the boat that he and Blackie are inspecting so that Blackie can buy it and sail to Alaska. Soon after, John tells Sally that he wants to go with Blackie, and despite her misgivings, Sally agrees. Upon their arrival in Klakan, Alaska, Sally and John find that Blackie's "hotel" is only a cheap saloon, and they are forced to find other lodgings. John obtains work at Len Baker's logging operation, and he and Sally settle into one of Len's log cabins. Sally becomes friends with Clarabella, who works in the saloon and was another of Blackie's former girl friends. Everything goes well until Sally hears that Kelly is in town looking for John and Blackie. Afraid that Kelly, who knows about her and Blackie, will inform John of her past, Sally goes to Blackie's room to ask him to get rid of Kelly. Blackie has no intention of confronting Kelly, however, wanting instead to leave for the Klondike to mine gold. Blackie asks Sally to come with him and is embracing her against her will when John walks in. John angrily denounces Sally without letting her explain, and Sally, crushed by his lack of faith, decides to leave. She is packing her things when Dr. Jed Sloan tells John that she is expecting a baby. Sally, who did not want John to feel tied down, agrees to stay in Alaska with him until the baby is born. They move to a remote logging site, Indian Cove, where they are cold and distant to each other. Winter passes, and in the spring, Sally goes into labor two weeks early. Although there is a terrible storm, John goes to Klakan to get the doctor but instead runs into Kelly, who re-possessed the saloon when Blackie left for the Klondike. John is shot by Kelly, who is in turn shot by Blackie. Blackie and Clarabella then brave the storm to take John home and help Sally. Clarabella delivers the baby while John, who was only slightly wounded, reconciles with Blackie after Blackie explains his and Sally's relationship. John and Sally are thrilled with their new son, and although Blackie invites him to go to the Klondike with him, John is able to resist the lure of the departing wild geese to stay with his family. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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