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When her rich oilman father is killed, Bingo, raised in the wilds of South America, inherits the company. Her guardians Ben and Howard send her to New York for civilizing but on the way she meets Andy, wonderful in every way but wealth. He can't live off her money, he says, as he turns to Marjory. Uncivilized Bingo, who hits anyone she disagrees with, shoots Andy in the arm. Now it's okay for him to marry her. Written by
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Joan Crawford made her talking debut in this film Untamed about a young woman raised in the jungle and not used to civilized ways. Within the first 10 minutes of the film her father is killed and a pair of old oil wildcatters, Ernest Torrance and Holmes Herbert, become her new guardians. It seems that her father with oil leases and such has left her mighty rich young woman.
Rich she may be, but it's like leaving Paris Hilton's fortunes to Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. On ship Joan takes a liking to Robert Montgomery, but Torrance is constantly scheming to break them up fearing Montgomery is a fortune hunter. As for Bob, he has his pride.
The rest of the film is Torrance's machinations, Herbert warning against same, Joan not being used to civilized ways, and Bob's pride. That about sums this film which I fear hasn't worn well.
Crawford overacted a bit as did Torrance, but nearly everyone was doing that in those early talkies. But her voice registered well, no John Gilbert troubles for her. She also sang two songs in the film and Montgomery joined her in one of them. Good thing MGM didn't give him any more musical gigs in his career. But as for acting Montgomery's voice registered well for sound.
The story itself however was a bit much. It gets highly melodramatic at the end. Good thing Crawford had better things coming in her career and shortly.
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