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|
|Release dates||November 24, 1932|
|Running time||82-92 minutes|
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. This knowledge allows 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
This is a film that is about the status of women in the 1920's and racism against American Indians. The film is really a prologue to modern feminism and the centers on the humanity of Native Americans, hence the title of the film.
Excerpt in The Celluloid Closet
In the documentary film The Celluloid Closet, an excerpt of Call Her Savage shows Nasa in the back of a taxicab, with a man who says "You wanted to go slumming, so I'm taking you to a place in the Village that's pretty rough", followed by a shot of the pair entering a gay bar.
- 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.
- Call Her Savage at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Call Her Savage at the TCM Movie Database
- Call Her Savage at the Internet Movie Database
- Call Her Savage at AllMovie
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