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Call Her Savage (1932)

TV-PG | | Drama | 27 November 1932 (USA)
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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(screenplay) (as Edwin Burke), (from the novel by)
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Cast

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Sunny De Lane
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Call Her Savage was based on the novel of the same name by author Tiffany Thayer. The novel was published in 1931. See more »

Goofs

Opening scene depicts wagon train crossing the west, which would have happened in the 1840s -1860s. The title card after this scene says "18 years later in Rollins, Texas". The following scenes shows Nasa being born and then approximately 20 years later Nasa riding her horse. Her father observes her whipping Moonglow from his 1930's auto. Therefore, about 40 years have transpired, suggesting the wagon train was crossing the west in 1890. Transcontinental rail travel was common by 1880. 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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Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
In the score during the wagon train sequence
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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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