The Baggage Man is a minor antagonist in Jack London's 1903 short adventure novel The Call of the Wild, and its 1996 live action adaptation The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon. He is an abusive smuggler who is responsible for kidnapping Buck from his California home and selling him to the Klondike.

In the 1996 film adaptation, he was portrayed by Deano Clavet.

History

During Buck's life in Santa Clara Valley at Judge Miller's place, he is stolen by the gardener's assistant named Manuel and is sold to the Baggage Man to Seattle. When Buck looked out of the car and realized that his life would never be the same, he attacked his kidnapper, but the baggage man tightened the rope around his neck and swung him to the ground before kicking him. The baggage man went for his throat, but Buck dodged it and bit the man's hand. However, the baggage man choked him once again and has decided that he has fits, so he decides to take him to a saloon-keeper in San Francisco.

The saloon-keeper buys Buck from the baggage man and he unwrapped his wounds as the other men throw Buck into a crate. A few smugglers come and pick up the crate onto the wagon as they continue to torment Buck. For two days, they continued to torment and starve Buck until they arrive at Seattle, where Buck was taught the law of the club by The Man in the Red Sweater.

Buck is then later sold to a pair of French-Canadian mailers named Francois and Perrault and he, along with Curly, are taken to the Yukon on the Narwal.

Trivia

  • In the 1996 TV movie The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon, Buck is sold to the Man in the Red Sweater after the Baggage Man, instead of being sold to a saloon keeper then the Red Sweater.

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Books
The Cruise of the Dazzler: French Pete | Red Nelson
The Call of the Wild: Spitz † | Hal, Mercedes & Charles † | Manuel | Yeehats † | Black Burton † | Dolly † | The Man in the Red Sweater | Wild Huskies | The Baggage Man
The Sea-Wolf: Wolf Larsen
White Fang: Beauty Smith | Lip-Lip † | Jim Hall † | The Lynx † | Tim Keenan | Cherokee

Short Stories
Bâtard: Bâtard † | Black Leclère
The Leopard Man's Story: De Ville
Moon-Face: The Protagonist

Movies
White Fang (1925): Beauty Smith
The Sea-Wolf (1926): Wolf Larsen
The Sea-Wolf (1930): Wolf Larsen
The Call of the Wild (1935): Mr. Smith † | Smith's henchmen
White Fang (1936): Beauty Smith
The Sea-Wolf (1941): Wolf Larsen
White Fang (1946): Handsome Smith
Wolf Larsen: Wolf Larsen
The Call of the Wild (1972): Black Burton | Spitz † | Dutch Harry | Francois and Perrault † | Hal, Mercedes & Charles † | Manuel | Yeehats † | The Baggage Man
White Wolf (1973): Beauty Smith † | Jim Hall | Chester | Corrupt Mountie
The Call of the Wild (1976): Spitz † | Francois | Manuel | The Man in the Red Sweater | The Baggage Man
Klonkdike Fever (1980): Soapy Smith † | Will Ryan † | Soap Gang
The Call of the Wild: Howl Buck (1981): Spitz † | Hal, Mercedes & Charles† | Manuel | Wild Huskies | Murderers
Shiroi Kiba Monogatari (1982): Beauty Smith | Kuuti | The Lynx | Kooch | Lip-Lip | Tim Keenan | Cherokee
White Fang (1991): Beauty Smith | Luke & Tinker | Sykes | Cherokee
The Call of the Wild (1993): Spitz † | Hal, Mercedes & Charles † | Yeehats
White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf (1994): Reverend Leland Drury † | Mr. Heath | Miners | Lloyd Halverson | Lip-Lip
Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon (1996): Spitz† | Hal, Mercedes & Charles† | Manuel | Yeehats | Wild Huskies | The Man in the Red Sweater | The Baggage Man
White Fang (1997): Beauty Smith | Lip-Lip
White Fang (2018): Beauty Smith | Curtis | Jim Hall | Ned | The Lynx
Into the Void: Wolf Larsen
The Call of the Wild (2020): Hal † | Spitz

Television
Spitz | Hal, Mercedes & Charles | Wolf Larsen | Beauty Smith | David | Jake | Sam Calman | Uncle Jay

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