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Wild Girl (1932)

Bret Harte's story of Salomy Jane,a California mountain girl who is sought after by a number of men in the nearby small town of Redwood City.She is affected when two criminals are pursued ... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Doris Anderson (screenplay), Paul Armstrong Jr. (play) (as Paul Armstrong) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Farrell ... Billy - the Stranger
Joan Bennett ... Salomy Jane
Ralph Bellamy ... Jack Marbury
Eugene Pallette ... Yuba Bill
Irving Pichel ... Rufe Waters
Minna Gombell ... Millie
Willard Robertson ... Red Pete
Sarah Padden ... Lize
Morgan Wallace ... Phineas Baldwin
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Bret Harte's story of Salomy Jane,a California mountain girl who is sought after by a number of men in the nearby small town of Redwood City.She is affected when two criminals are pursued by authorities:one for killing a hypocritical mayoral candidate,the other for robbing the Stagecoach. Written by Lawrence Chadbourne

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Defiant, Untamed She Dared to Love a Man Hunted by the Law! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 20 December 1932)

Genres:

Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El beso redentor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Remake of Salomy Jane (1914) See more »

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Salomy Jane's Kiss
11 October 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Raoul Walsh tackles Bret Harte in this one. It's a natural for this usually muscular director with a vicious sense of humor; he was fond of repeating Jack Pickford's comment that his idea of light comedy was to burn down a whorehouse.

Although he has fallen out of favor, Harte and Mark Twain were judged neck-and-neck for the two best writers to come out of the Old West. Harte's characters were not one-dimensional; he approached them as complex human beings with conflicting sets of emotions and self-justifications. As a result, this movie, derived from "Salomy Jane's Kiss" has a lot going for it. Add in the outdoor shooting among the redwoods around Mount Shasta and the lovely conceit of using frame wipes that freeze the frame and then make it look like a page being turned, and you have a beautiful motion picture.

Unhappily, few of the performances are up to the visuals. Perhaps it was due to the fact that handling of sound outdoors was still pretty primitive and some of the performers are either unseasoned for the screen or still not out of the silent era and the line readings sound very stagey. Whatever the reasons, they act best when they are doing things, not saying things -- the hanging sequence is devastating.

Even with that cavil, this is a wonderful picture. Everyone looks right and Joan Bennett is stunningly beautiful. If you get a chance to see it -- mine came with the 2012 Museum of Modern Art 'To Preserve and Project' festival -- take it.


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