Call Her Savage

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Call Her Savage
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 (1932-11-24)
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. The assertion is made that this explains why she had always been "untameable and wild", which played into the stereo types of the 1920s for Native Americans. 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.


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]


This 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 Native Americans, 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.


  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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