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Call Her Savage (1932)

TV-PG  |   |  Drama  |  27 November 1932 (USA)
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Sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways.


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Complete credited cast:
Sunny De Lane
Lawrence Crosby
Ruth Springer
Weldon Heyburn ...
Willard Robertson ...
Pete Springer
Anthony Jowitt ...
Jay Randall
Fred Kohler ...
Silas Jennings
Russell Simpson ...
Old Man in Wagon Train
Carl Stockdale ...
Dorothy Peterson ...
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Sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways. Written by Ed Lorusso

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The throbbing adventures of a woman who unleashed her courageous in its searching depiction of the secret things in a woman's life that its burning words left a trail of readers breathless and amazed. See more »








Release Date:

27 November 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sangue Vermelho  »

Box Office


$489,652 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Prints are rare. A fully restored print does exist, however, and is stored at the Museum of Modern Art. See more »


After Nasa is attacked (and impregnated) by Larry Crosby, the next title card says "One Month Later in New Orleans". Even allowing her baby to be a healthy preemie, the title card is wrong biologically and in keeping with the story. See more »


Pete Springer: [having seen Nasa and Moonglow] Why were you whipping him?
Nasa Springer: I was practicing in case I ever get married.
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(1848) (uncredited)
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Clara Bow - a Revelation!
23 January 2005 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

Beautiful, in a modern way (contrast with co-star Thelma Todd), facile with her lines, natural with her mannerisms, this lady can act! And she has a fine voice, so the "couldn't make the transition to talkies" bit doesn't apply here.

And the off-screen items that supposedly led to her decline are pretty lame explanations. I mean, suing someone who embezzled her was supposed to be scandalous? Even back then? What was she supposed to do, sue by proxy? I smell a John Gilbert-style studio sabotage of a "difficult star" here.

Back to the film. Call Her Savage is a Bow vehicle throughout, showcasing her broad range. Though an interesting nature-vs-nurture yarn, with frank pre-Code allusions to sexual kink and promiscuity which give us a peek into the mentality of the age, the stagy mannerisms that are the baggage of the silent era make for a somewhat dated melodrama. And the direction is pretty awful, too. But Bow manages to isolate herself from these drawbacks; in fact, throughout the film, she distinguishes herself from her surroundings. Isn't this star power?

Ordinarily, this film would score a6 or 7, but I give it a 9 because it's a rare opportunity to watch an actress whose star never should have faded.

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