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Call Her Savage (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 27 November 1932 (USA)
Sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways.

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Edwin J. Burke (screenplay) (as Edwin Burke), Tiffany Thayer (from the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clara Bow ... Nasa Springer
Gilbert Roland ... Moonglow
Thelma Todd ... Sunny De Lane
Monroe Owsley ... Lawrence Crosby
Estelle Taylor ... Ruth Springer
Weldon Heyburn ... Ronasa
Willard Robertson ... Pete Springer
Anthony Jowitt ... Jay Randall
Fred Kohler ... Silas Jennings
Russell Simpson ... Old Man in Wagon Train
Margaret Livingston ... Molly
Carl Stockdale ... Mort
Dorothy Peterson ... Silas' Wife
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Sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways. Written by Ed Lorusso

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SHE'S BACK...and greater than ever See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

They Call Her Savage See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$489,652 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the documentary The Celluloid Closet (1995) (based on Vito Russo's book of the same name), this was the first Hollywood movie to depict a gay cabaret. See more »

Goofs

The dresser mirror is knocked over at the beginning of Nasa and Larry's tussle, then reappears in its original position in the following shots. See more »

Quotes

Pete Springer: [having seen Nasa and Moonglow] Why were you whipping him?
Nasa Springer: I was practicing in case I ever get married.
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Connections

Featured in Girl 27 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
In the score during the wagon train sequence
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"I'm going to get even with life"
27 September 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It is sad that the demons in Clara Bow's life curtailed a career in talking motion pictures that would have seemed promising. She positively sizzles in Call Her Savage.

The film has Clara cast as one wild child Texas heiress, granddaughter of Willard Robertson and daughter of Estelle Taylor. Robertson has his hands filled with her and finally sends her off to school in Chicago.

After that the post flapper era men just flock to her. But Clara sets her sights on dissolute playboy Monroe Owsley, taking him away from Thelma Todd. Owsley is brutally frank about his male privilege telling Todd in no uncertain terms as he's allowed to stray because after all he pays the bills. The chick fight that Bow and Todd engage is one for the books, much better than Marlene Dietrich and Una Merkel in Destry Rides Again.

Clara's ride goes up and down from the wild child to the degradation of prostitution to back up on top again. Through it all the reason for her wildness is given in the explanation of her heritage. Her one true friend in the end is grandfather's faithful ranch hand Gilbert Roland and what they have in common.

I agree with another reviewer that the film is both sexist and racist and glories in it. It's also brutally frank and no wonder Joseph Breen and his crowd got such fits over films like Call Her Savage.

A great before the Code film and a sad reminder in what we lost when Clara Bow couldn't make more films like this.


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