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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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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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Our vagrant youth! (original print ad - all caps) 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

Don Burnett was on loan from MGM for this film. See more »

Quotes

Bob Steele: The Law? Mother, I don't care about the Law. And I don't think you will either, not after I tell you a few of the things that are going on out at Mr. Tropp's private little kingdom.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Mamie Van Doren (1957) See more »

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Salamander
Written by Les Baxter
Performed by Mamie Van Doren (uncredited)
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"If you had two heads you'd still be a moron!"
10 March 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

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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