Call Her Savage

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Call Her Savage
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Directed by John Francis Dillon
Produced by Sam E. Rork
Written by Tiffany Thayer (novel)
Edwin J. Burke
Starring Clara Bow
Gilbert Roland
Music by Peter Brunelli
Arthur Lange
Cinematography Lee Garmes
Edited by Harold D. Schuster
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release dates November 24, 1932
Running time 82-92 minutes
Country  United States
Language English

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[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Preservation status[edit]

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]

Notes[edit]

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[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Alan Gevinson, ed. (1997). American Film Institute Catalog. University of California Press. 
  3. ^ TCM

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