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Untamed Youth (1957)

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Follows the vagrant sisters work for crooked characters at a rock 'n' roll prison's farm.

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 ... Margarita
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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Crime | Drama | Music

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sheriff Mitch Bowers: Okay, crawl out!
Jane Lowe: [skinny dipping in a pond] Well, you go away first!
Sheriff Mitch Bowers: Oh, that'd be neglect of duty.
Penny Lowe: Well, at least turn around. You're not much of a gentleman!
Sheriff Mitch Bowers: Huh! I never was! Now get out!
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Mamie Van Doren (1957) See more »

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Cottonpicker
Written by Les Baxter
Performed by Eddie Cochran (uncredited)
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MAMIE AT HER PEAK WITH GOOD SUPPORT!
19 September 2004 | by shepardjessicaSee all my reviews

This cool (1958, not 1957) bouncy fable with Mamie V. Doren & other good actors with good rock n' roll songs and a PLOT blows away other "exploitation" films made under Warner Bros. (B-movie) department. Mamie doesn't even hog screen time with her cool sister, played by Lori Nelson (the younger sister by one year), ...great dancing by actors, great locale and set, cinematography, issues, sexy girls, corruption, cotton-pickin', cops, black and white, an amusing cook named Pinky who spouts philosophy, clean towels and bad pay....Lurene Tuttle (from PSYCHO and MA BARKER'S KILLER BROOD) as a corrupt, in-love 50 yr.old with a clean-cut son who is a good guy, AND Mamie piping out 3 songs at appropriate times (while people rock n' roll) with keeping her threads on and being sexier than ever AND INNOCENT OF ALL CHARGES.

An 8 out of 10, for sure. I'm very surprised of the rating of this film by the voters. Oh, well...See it again..it's a cool cat! I'm stunned and perplexed by the seemingly lackadaisical response by the IMDb public..seriously. Has geriatric boobism taken over the spines of folks watching a fun, (with relevant issues) in a undoubtedly exploitation flick of the late 50's, but the recurrence of good times is always prevalent in this very decent plot. The timing of the first song in first 20 minutes comes right out of nowhere, but the second song in the cotton field is like...OKAY. And these are the fun parts of this dramady that kicks it completely (as a B-movie). But, people should stand up for their tastes (or lack of). Once again, an 8 out of 10. Best performance = Mamie Van Doren. A cleverly written poem of Southwest Justice and all of the girls are beautiful in this movie (which helps when there's a real plot).

The final twists and turns of the final 1/2 hour shows why Elvis' post-Army color movies were all BAD. Anyway, I'm sure I'm babbling now, but give this one a shot; you won't be disappointed even if you're not into Mamie Van Doren or this style of analytic form about late 50's pseudo-exploit-low budget W. Bros B-movies. Try to find this movie...it's really nice.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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