Untamed (1955)

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In 1847, the Irish potato famine forces Katie O'Neill and her husband to immigrate to a troubled South Africa where Katie runs into an old flame.



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Complete credited cast:
Paul Van Riebeck
Katie O'Neill Kildare
Kurt Hout
John Justin ...
Shawn Kildare
Hope Emerson ...
Maria DeGroot
Lt. Christian
Henry O'Neill ...
Squire O'Neill
Paul Thompson ...


When the great potato famine hits Ireland, the diaspora begins as thousands emigrate. Among those leaving the Emerald Isle is Katie O'Neill and her husband, who decide that the promised land is South Africa and make their way there. Once there, they discover the hardships that are the reality of the homesteader experience. To complicate matters, Katie meets up with the love of her life, Paul van Riebeck. Will there be betrayal on the veldt? Written by Alfred Jingle

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Release Date:

1 March 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Katie Called Katje  »

Box Office


$3,560,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)| (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Many studios rejected the project as too expensive to film. See more »


Near the end of the movie as Kurt is killed by the spear, blood appears on his shirt as soon as the spear hits the shirt. See more »


Referenced in Mischief (1985) See more »

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Too much and yet too little
27 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have no idea what anyone was thinking when this film was done. I am a huge fan of Tyrone Power but I can't say he was very good in this. I honestly don't think it was his fault. The script was rotten.

First of all, the beginning scenes, showing the romance between Katie and Paul, seemed totally like they were from another film and just slapped on at the beginning. Incredibly disjointed. I could never figure Katie out, nor did I want to. People compare the role to Scarlett O'Hara, and I guess there were similarities. I think one of the problems is that we didn't see enough of their characters before they hit South Africa so the love story could really develop for the audience. He kissed her on the staircase. Okay, so what then? "Was I just some girl you kiss and leave?" she asks. Is that all he did? Or did he have sex with her and leave? Hello, it makes a big difference. It seemed to me that all she did was throw herself at him, and I never got the impression that he loved her. Good case in point was the scene where her neck and shoulders were sore and she was stretching, etc. It took him about an hour to take the hint.

Her abuse of the Richard Egan character was ridiculous. One ends up losing respect for both of them.

Henry King usually does a great job, and of course, the action scenes are very stirring, but the characters all seemed remote.

It's possible Fox did this movie to use blocked funds in Africa. I can't think of any other reason. I read on this board that Victor Mature was supposed to play Kurt. Well, Robert Mitchum was supposed to play Paul, but he wisely never showed up and the studio got Power, who was in a hurry to finish up his contract with that place. Filming had already started. Mitchum would have seemed even less interested in Katie, and Victor Mature would have come off as even more of a fool, so it probably worked out for the best. Well, it did for those actors, anyway.

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