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Untamed Youth (1957)

| Drama | 1957 (Argentina)
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. Local agricultural magnate Tropp is a sponsor for a ... See full summary »

Director:

Howard W. Koch

Writers:

John C. Higgins (screenplay), Stephen Longstreet (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mamie Van Doren ... Penny Lowe
Lori Nelson ... Jane Lowe
John Russell ... Russ Tropp
Don Burnett ... Bob Steele
Eddie Cochran ... Bong
Lurene Tuttle ... Judge Cecilia Steele Tropp
Yvonne Lime ... Baby
Jeanne Carmen ... Lillibet
Robert Foulk ... Sheriff Mitch Bowers
Wayne Taylor Wayne Taylor ... Duke
Jered Barclay Jered Barclay ... Ralph (as Jerry Barclay)
Keith Richards ... Angelo
Valerie Reynolds Valerie Reynolds ... Arkie
Lucita Lucita ... Margaritia
Glenn Dixon Glenn Dixon ... Jack Landis
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Storyline

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. Local agricultural magnate Tropp is a sponsor for a local prison work program and the women are put in the cotton fields to work off their sentence. Tropp marries the middle-aged widowed judge in order to ensure a stable supply of cheap labor to undercut his competition. The prisoners suffer ill treatment, but the judge's son has signed on as a hired hand and begins to figure out the scam as he falls in love with Jane, and Penny dreams of making it big in showbiz. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Turns a searing spotlight on teen-age 'cons' in a House of Correction! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1957 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Anonyma koritsia See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Russ Tropp's car is a 1957 Imperial Crown Southampton coupe. 4,885 were made with a MSRP of $4,736 ($43,200 in 2018). Imperial was Chrysler's luxury brand, much as Lincoln is to Ford and Cadillac is to GM. See more »

Quotes

Bob Steele: You know what I found out about that food? Tropp's feeding canned dog food and he calls it "beef stew"!
Judge Cecilia Steele Tropp: Oh, no, no! Russ wouldn't do a thing like that!
Bob Steele: What do you mean he wouldn't do it? He's doing it! Mother, I saw the empty cans.
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Soundtracks

Rolling Stone
Written by Les Baxter and Lenny Adelson
Performed by Mamie Van Doren (uncredited)
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Mamie Gyrates
17 June 2015 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

The story of an unscrupulous cotton farm owner who uses the local correction system for his personal profit, the focus of "Untamed Youth" is really the unbridled sexuality of rock and roll, then in its infancy.

Consider this tagline: "Starring the girl built like a platinum powerhouse-- Mamie Van Doren." The film offers some scenes of rock and roll dancing awkwardly shoehorned into the scenes of dramatic social injustice. And those scenes of dancing are not bad, despite the corny gyrations of Van Doren. The story as a whole is a mess.

Best viewed as a novelty, "Untamed Youth" fits perfectly into the genre of low-grade drive-in movie fare.


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