Wednesday, September 2, 2015


CALL HER SAVAGE was Clara Bow's 1932 comeback film. Thelma Todd was also in it.

Call Her Savage

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Call Her Savage
Directed byJohn Francis Dillon
Produced bySam E. Rork
Written byTiffany Thayer (novel)
Edwin J. Burke
StarringClara Bow
Gilbert Roland
Music byPeter Brunelli
Arthur Lange
CinematographyLee Garmes
Edited byHarold D. Schuster
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release dates
  • November 24, 1932 (1932-11-24)
Running time
82-92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Call Her Savage (1932) is a Pre-Code drama film directed by John Francis Dillon and starring Clara Bow.[1] The film was Bow's second-to-last film role.

Plot summary

A wild young woman, born and raised in Texas, rebels against the man she believes to be her father. Moving to Chicago, she marries badly, loses her child in a boardinghouse fire, is nearly forced to become a prostitute, and is renounced by her father, who tells her he never wishes to see her again.
Upon learning that her mother is dying, she hurries home to Texas. There she learns that she is a so-called "half-breed," half white and half Indian. The assertion is made that this explains why she had always been "untameable and wild", which played into the stereotypes of the 1920s for American Indians. This knowledge of her lineage would supposedly allow her the possibility for happiness in the arms of a handsome young Indian who has long loved her from afar.


Preservation status

The film was restored in 2012 by the Museum of Modern Art and premiered at the third annual Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood.[3]


This is a film that is about the status of women in the 1920s and racism against American Indians. The film is really a prologue to modern feminism and the centers on the humanity of American Indians, hence the title of the film. Among the stereotypes confronted in the film was an attempt by "Dynamite's" father to force her into a marriage, and her cat fight in a social club.


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CALL HER SAVAGE was one of Clara Bow's last movies. And it was the third movie that her and Thelma Todd made together, the others being FASCINATING YOUTH and NO LIMIT. CALL HER SAVAGE was an effort to make something different from Clara Bow's other movies, which tended more towards light-hearted entertainment. A NEW YORK TIMES review dated November 25, 1932 said in part, "Miss Bow does quite well by the role of this fiery-tempered impulsive Nasa, but whether the flow of incidents makes for satisfactory entertainment is a matter of opinion."

I didn't care for this one myself. Give me the good old days when Clara Bow's movies weren't quite so full of misery.



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