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The novel was first serialized in Pacific Monthly from September 1908 to September 1909. This was one of several films produced by Hobart Bosworth based on Jack London stories. The first was The Sea Wolf, 1913. According to items in the Jack London collection, scenes from the film were shot in San Francisco, Oakland and other locations in the Bay Area of CA. Additional information in the London collection indicates that the film was shot in the fall of 1913, but that its release was delayed while Bosworth, Inc. waited for London's contractual agreement with another company to expire. A modern source places Joe Ray in the cast. London's novel was filmed twice again: in Russia in 1918 as Creation Can't Be Bought, with Vladimir Mayakovsky starring and Nikandr Turkin directing; and by Columbia in 1942 as The Adventures of Martin Eden, with Glenn Ford starring and Sidney Salkow directing.