CALL HER SAVAGE was Clara Bow's 1932 comeback film. Thelma Todd was also in it.
Call Her Savage
|Call Her Savage|
|Directed by||John Francis Dillon|
|Produced by||Sam E. Rork|
|Written by||Tiffany Thayer (novel)|
Edwin J. Burke
|Music by||Peter Brunelli|
|Edited by||Harold D. Schuster|
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
Plot summaryA 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.
- Clara Bow as Nasa Springer
- Gilbert Roland as Moonglow
- Thelma Todd as Sunny De Lane
- Monroe Owsley as Lawrence Crosby
- Estelle Taylor as Ruth Springer
- Weldon Heyburn as Ronasa
- Willard Robertson as Pete Springer
- Anthony Jowitt as Jay Randall
- Fred Kohler as Silas Jennings
- Russell Simpson as Old Man In Wagon Train
- Margaret Livingston as Molly
- Carl Stockdale as Mort
- Dorothy Peterson as Silas' Wife
- Marilyn Knowlden as Ruth (as a girl)
- Douglas Haig (uncredited) as Pete as a Boy
Preservation statusThe film was restored in 2012 by the Museum of Modern Art and premiered at the third annual Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood.
NotesThis 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.
- Mordaunt Hall (1932-11-25). "Clara Bow as a Termagant in a Film of a Novel by Tiffany Thayer -- The Night Mayor". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
- Alan Gevinson, ed. (1997). American Film Institute Catalog. University of California Press.
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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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