Untamed Youth

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Untamed Youth
Original theatrical release poster
Directed by Howard W. Koch
Produced by Aubrey Schenck
Written by
  • John C. Higgins
  • Stephen Longstreet
Music by Les Baxter
Cinematography Carl E. Guthrie
Edited by John F. Schreyer
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • March 10, 1957 (1957-03-10)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Untamed Youth is a 1957 American drama film directed by Howard W. Koch, written by John C. Higgins and Stephen Longstreet, and starring Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson as two starstruck sisters who are sentenced to farm labor.

The film was featured on an early episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.


Sisters Penny and Jane Lowe are arrested for hitchhiking and skinny dipping and are sentenced to work on a rural Texas farm for a corrupt agricultural magnate named Russ Tropp. The judge who sentenced the sisters to the farm is dating Tropp and is unaware of the treatment of the prisoners, until her son is hired to work at the farm and uncovers that a scam had been going on. Through dating the judge, Tropp ensures that all delinquents and rule breakers are ordered to work off their sentence at his farm therefore giving him a stable amount of cheap labor, allowing him to undercut all competition he faces. The judge's son also falls in love with Jane, while Penny, who performs four songs in the film, dreams of making it big in show business. The film features Eddie Cochran as Bong, one of prisoners in the camp, who also performs a song onscreen.



  • In this film, Mamie Van Doren became the first actress to sing rock 'n roll in an American musical film.[citation needed]
  • Eddie Cochran co-wrote the song "Oobala Baby" with Les Baxter, Lenny Adelson, and Jerry Capehart which was performed by Mamie Van Doren.
  • Eddie Cochran performs the song "Cottonpicker".
  • Mamie Van Doren performs four songs in the movie, "Salamander", "Oobala Baby", "Rolling Stone", and "Go, Go, Calypso".
  • The Mamie Van Doren performances were released as a 45 picture sleeve 45 single on Prep Records as M1-1 in 1957.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000[edit]