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Untamed (1940)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 24 July 1940 (USA)
Dr. Bill Crawford, on a hunting trip to Canada, is attacked by a bear and his guide, Joe Easter, saves his life and takes the badly-mauled Crawford to his cabin home, where he lives with ... See full summary »

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George Archainbaud

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Frederick Hazlitt Brennan (screenplay), Sinclair Lewis (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Dr. William Crawford
Patricia Morison ... Alverna Easter
Akim Tamiroff ... Joe Easter
William Frawley ... Les Woodbury
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Maggie Moriarty
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Smith
J.M. Kerrigan ... Angus McGavity
Eily Malyon ... Mrs. Sarah McGavity
Fay Helm ... Miss Olcott
Clem Bevans ... 'Smokey' Moseby, the Blind Man
Sibyl Harris Sibyl Harris ... Mrs. Dillon
Roscoe Ates ... Bert Dillon
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Doctor Billar
Gertrude Hoffman ... Miss Rhine (as Gertrude W. Hoffman)
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Doctor Hughes
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Dr. Bill Crawford, on a hunting trip to Canada, is attacked by a bear and his guide, Joe Easter, saves his life and takes the badly-mauled Crawford to his cabin home, where he lives with his beautiful young wife, Alverna. Leaning Bill there to recover, Joe goes on a prolonged hunting trip and Bill and Alverna fall in love. The local doctor, Billar, dies during an operation which Bill completes and then decides to remain in Lost Lake and continue his practice there...close to Alverna. The lovers decide that, in fairness to Joe, Bill must return to his former city. But an epidemic of streptococcus breaks out in the Lost Lake village. Bill, untrained in the ways of the primeval woods, sets out in a raging blizzard, in search of the messenger who had been sent to the nearest town for a special serum needed to break the epidemic. Fearing for his life, Alverna follows him and they find the messenger dead in his automobile, with the serum by his side. Exhausted they stagger into a deserted ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THEY FOUGHT THE WRATH OF THE SILENT NORTH...for the right to live! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mantrap See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and was never televised until many years afterward. See more »

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Technicolor soap opera set in the Canadian wilderness
13 January 2001 | by Knut-5See all my reviews

Handsome surgeon Milland travels to the Canadian wilderness for some much need R & R. He because good friends with Tamiroff, a French-Canadian trapper with a young and very beautiful wife (Morison). While Tamiroff is away hunting . . . well, need I go on?

Tossed into the story are gossipy old women, a blizzard, an epidemic, and a race against time and elements to get a vaccine.

This isn't a great film, but it's also not the turkey that the Maltin review suggests. The filmmakers obviously took care to make a quality picture, as it boasts good production and beautiful Technicolor photography. The scenes set during the blizzard are quite convincing, as frost from the actors' breath is visible.

Milland gives a sincere performance and draws upon his casual debonair. Patricia Morison, an actress who was usually wasted in unsympathetic supporting roles (the scheming villainess, the haughty "other woman," etc.), is a lovely and charming heroine in this film (love that long, dark hair of her's!) The supporting cast is also fine.

If a romantic soap opera is your cup of tea then this film is one that might make for pleasant time filler. Just make sure you see it in a good Technicolor print.


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