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Call Her Savage (1932)

Passed | | 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.

Writers:

Edwin J. Burke (screenplay) (as Edwin Burke), Tiffany Thayer (from the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clara Bow ... Nasa Springer
Gilbert Roland ... Moonglow
Thelma Todd ... Sunny De Lane
Monroe Owsley ... Lawrence Crosby
Estelle Taylor ... Ruth Springer
Weldon Heyburn ... Ronasa
Willard Robertson ... Pete Springer
Anthony Jowitt ... Jay Randall
Fred Kohler ... Silas Jennings
Russell Simpson ... Old Man in Wagon Train
Margaret Livingston ... Molly
Carl Stockdale ... Mort
Dorothy Peterson ... Silas' Wife
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Alluring to men who feared her fury- envied by women whose hate she despised- storming through life- in search of her master. (Print Ad- Winthrop News, ((Winthrop Minn.)) 15 December 1932) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

They Call Her Savage See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$489,652 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The dresser mirror is knocked over at the beginning of Nasa and Larry's tussle, then reappears in its original position in the following shots. 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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Bizarre Film
8 April 2003 | by kensmarkSee all my reviews

A good historical example, though, of how films were generally more puritanical during the middle of the 20th century than beforehand. In this movie, which veers from camp to slightly surreal melodrama, viewers are treated to a wide range of prominent details that they might not expect from such an old film.

For example, we see Clara Bow playing a promiscuous young woman (though this is eventually explained away with an excuse unlikely to be used today). Her nipples are clearly displayed (through a sheer blouse, no bra) for quite a long time, and there's an undeniable S&M scene in which she whips a forbidden love interest.

There's a frank, even casual approach taken to extramarital sex, adultery, interracial liaisons, and prostitution, and we even see a working-class gay bar complete with transvestite cabaret.

Most of these topics are treated so unjudgmentally that I was really curious if the director had any opinion at all, and I wondered how a contemporaneous audience, with both the Roaring Twenties and the stock market crash recently behind them, would have viewed the film.

An interesting film, very watchable (and frequently unintentionally amusing, to the modern eye), and, of course, historically important for being a Clara Bow talkie.


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