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Release Date:
19 July 1957 (West Germany) See more »
Turns a searing spotlight on teen-age 'cons' in a House of Correction! See more »
Sisters Jane and Penny are arrested for hitchhiking on their way to Los Angeles when they stop for a quick skinny-dip in a rural town... See more » | Full synopsis »
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"If you had two heads you'd still be a moron!" See more (19 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mamie Van Doren ... Penny Lowe
Lori Nelson ... Jane Lowe

John Russell ... Russ Tropp
Don Burnett ... Bob Steele
Glenn Dixon ... Jack Landis

Lurene Tuttle ... Judge Cecilia Steele Tropp
Yvonne Lime ... Baby

Jeanne Carmen ... Lillibet
Robert Foulk ... Sheriff Mitch Bowers
Wayne Taylor ... Duke
Jered Barclay ... Ralph (as Jerry Barclay)
Keith Richards ... Angelo
Valerie Reynolds ... Arkie
Lucita ... Margaritia
Eddie Cochran ... Bong
Wally Brown ... Pinky, the cook
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Andrews ... Farmer Collingwood (uncredited)
Robert Banas ... Dancer (uncredited)
Les Baxter ... (uncredited)
Jim Canino ... Boy (uncredited)
Michael Emmet ... Doctor (uncredited)
Terry Frost ... Farmer Yancey (uncredited)
William Henry ... TV Announcer (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Jim, Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Morales (uncredited)
Leon Tyler ... Cottonpicker Boy at Dance (uncredited)
John Veitch ... Farmer Jackson (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard W. Koch 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John C. Higgins 
Stephen Longstreet  story

Produced by
Aubrey Schenck .... producer
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie  (as Carl Guthrie)
Film Editing by
John F. Schreyer 
Art Direction by
Art Loel 
Set Decoration by
Frank M. Miller  (as Frank Miller)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tommy Thompson .... assistant director
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
Other crew
Joe Lanza .... choreographer (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

The film was originally condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency, but that only served to enhance the curiosity factor, resulting in it being a big moneymaker for the studio.See more »
Lillibeth:Don't hit me in the mouth again, you'll break my dental plate.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mexico Never Sleeps (1959)See more »
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Mamie Van Doren---When Did She Sign for "Untamed"?
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"If you had two heads you'd still be a moron!", 10 March 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Untamed Youth (1957)

** (out of 4)

If you look at any critic books you're probably going to find this one with a BOMB rating and it being called one of the worst films of all time. Something this entertaining can't be considered one of the worst ever made. Period. Sisters Penny (Mamie Van Doren) and Jane (Lori Nelson) Lowe gets picked up by a crooked Sheriff and the two are sentenced by a crooked judge to a work farm where the owner abuses the workers and gets his pockets filled with their hard work. Soon the judge's son (Don Burnett) returns home from the Navy and begins to see what's really going on at the camp. UNTAMED YOUTH is one of many drive-in juvenile flicks that were released in this era and while it has one of the worst reputations of any, this is just so memorable because of all the camp, wild dialogue and unbelievable situations. I'm really not sure where you start but there's some of the most memorable dialogue that you're ever going to find in a film. There this: "Don't hit me in the mouth again. You'll break my dental plate". Also this: "If you had two heads you'd still be a moron." You've also got an opening sequence with the two beautiful blonds skinny dipping with the perverted Sheriff spying on them. There's also some very campy musical numbers, which for some reason the "inmates" are able to put on. I'm still not sure why the evil owner allowed all of this considering everything else he was doing to them. Then there's the hilarious ending where the people finally can't take any more. I won't ruin what exactly happens but it's certainly funny. Mamie Van Doren, as you'd expect, gives a pretty blah performance but that pointy bra is constantly at work. Nelson actually gives a pretty good performance as she's the only thing that doesn't come off campy. The supporting players all fit their roles nicely. UNTAMED YOUTH is pure camp and I'd say it deserves the right to be considered a cult classic.

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