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The Chechako(1914)

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London's novel was first printed in Cosmopolitan from December 1911 to May 1912. Bosworth, Inc. filmed The Chechako, originally titled Smoke Bellew, in the early part of 1914 in Truckee, CA. According to items in the Jack London collection, Bosworth, who originally planned the film as a seven-reeler, later intended to release the film in two parts of six reels each, but the commercial failure of the previous films in Bosworth's Jack London series made Paramount demand that Bosworth cut the film to five reels. Paramount planned to release the film on November 23, 1914, but at the last minute the film was withdrawn from the release schedule and Bosworth's The Country Mouse was substituted. According to an item in the London collection, Bosworth planned at one point to sell the film to Universal, but it is unlikely that it was ever released by any company. A modern source gives two additional cast members: Joe Ray as Shorty, and Gordon Sackville as Big Olof. London's novel was filmed again, as Smoke Bellew, by Big 4 Productions in 1929, with Conway Tearle and Barbara Bedford starring and Scott Dunlap directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5184).