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Call Her Savage (1932)

 -  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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Moonglow
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Sunny De Lane
Monroe Owsley ...
Lawrence Crosby
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Ruth Springer
Weldon Heyburn ...
Ronasa
Willard Robertson ...
Pete Springer
Anthony Jowitt ...
Jay Randall
Fred Kohler ...
Silas Jennings
Russell Simpson ...
Old Man in Wagon Train
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Molly
Carl Stockdale ...
Mort
Dorothy Peterson ...
Silas' Wife
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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 heart...so revelatory...so 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 »

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Release Date:

27 November 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sangue Vermelho  »

Box Office

Budget:

$489,652 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to the documentary The Celluloid Closet (1995) (based on Vito Russo's book of the same name), this was the first Hollywood movie to depict a gay bar. See more »

Quotes

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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Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
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The most extreme of the pre-code Hollywood talkies I've seen yet
20 October 2008 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

It's a shame that the common film-goer doesn't realize that sexual innuendo existed prior to film in the 1960s. Before the production code was strictly enforced, all sorts of depravity was captured on film and barely veiled. And until "Convention City" becomes available (if that will ever happen), "Call Her Savage" has to be the most extreme of all the early pre-code films available. The film presents a delirious story of a wild Texas girl (played in what was supposed to be her sound comeback by Clara Bow) getting cast off into the city. The film is full of not exactly subtle depictions of incest, bestiality, pedophilia, and all around sordidness. One particularly memorable sequence takes place in a drag bar, another one involves a child dying in a burning building. I can't forget to mention the positively epic cat fight between Clara Bow and Thelma Todd.

Another factor to the delirious atmosphere of the film is how uneven its tone is. The film veers sharply between screwball comedy and melodrama without missing a beat. I'm not sure if this was to treat audiences in the low economy of the time with as much as they could ask for from a motion picture, but it makes this a camp classic as well. It also makes it a very quickly paced experience, as the film is never remotely dull because there's always something over-the-top happening. In all fairness, what holds the film together is Clara Bow. As the strong willed female protagonist, she manages to play off the comedic and more tragic aspects of the film, making her character believable no matter how ridiculous the screenplay is. Also, she's still strikingly beautiful in this day and age, so it's obvious why all the males in the film fall for her. "Call Her Savage" is a hard to find film, but anyone interested in early Hollywood really needs to seek it down. (8/10)


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