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You know, it's illegal to bring wolves in town. Don't ya?
~ Smith blackmailing Grey Beaver for White Fang
Next time, bring a live dog.
~ Smith after White Fang's fight with a German shepherd

Charles "Beauty" Smith (or just Beauty Smith) is the main antagonist of Jack London's White Fang. He is a sometime cook and dogfight enthusiast who buys up White Fang to battle other dogs to the death in illegal matches. He cheats Grey Beaver into selling him White Fang in exchange for whiskey. He turns White Fang into the "Fighting Wolf" by constantly tormenting him, both physically and emotionally. He has White Fang fight other dogs in order to earn money.

Actors

  • Steve Murphy (1925 film)
  • John Carradine (1936 film)
  • Nikolai Plotnikov (1946 film)
  • John Steiner (1973 film and Challenge to White Fang)
  • Hōsei Komatsu (Shiroi Kiba Monogatari)
  • James Remar (Disney)
  • Robbie McGregor (Burbank)
  • Michael Rudder (The Legend of White Fang)
  • Michael Mulheren (GoodTimes Entertainment)

Role

Jack London

He is an ugly man who gets Grey Beaver addicted to alcohol so that he can buy White Fang. He trains White Fang to become a fighting dog. He tries to steal White Fang back after Weedon Scott forcefully buys him, but White Fang brutally attacks him.

Disney

After White Fang saves Jack from a grizzly bear, Smith blackmails Grey Beaver for the wolfdog, saying that ownership of a wild animal is considered illegal. Smith and his gang train White Fang to be vicious in order to enter him into illegal dogfights. White Fang eventually meets his match in a brutal fight against a bulldog, but Jack happens upon the fight and intervenes in the nick of time. Having earlier reached his father's claim and begun the work of digging for gold, Jack returns with White Fang to the cabin where he seeks to transform White Fang's vicious and territorial nature.

Jack's attempts to tame White Fang eventually succeed; both wolfdog and man develop a close and trusting bond. Alex helps Jack mine for gold and they strike it rich with the help of White Fang. One morning, Jack travels to the town to claim proper ownership to the gold when one of Smith's colleagues notices White Fang with him. Seeking retaliation and planning to steal the gold, Smith and his men attack the cabin site. Jack and Alex manage to outwit Smith's bandits. White Fang nearly attacks Smith until he's ordered by Jack to back down. Jack and Alex force Smith and his men back to town where they are arrested.

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Trivia

  • Smith's first name was only revealed in the 1973 film and the 1974 Italian film Challenge to White Fang.
  • He was named "Handsome Smith" in the 1946 film.
  • Beauty Smith is similar to Abdullah from Disney's 1989 film Cheetah. Both are gambling animal abusers. Both train the heroes (Smith trains White Fang to fight dogs; Abdullah trains Duma to race). Both get arrested at the end after they get attacked by the heroes.

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