""Untamed" was silly but fun - Bob Montgomery was terrific,
Cast: Joan Crawford ( as Alice 'Bingo' Dowling), Robert Montgomery, Ernest Torrence,
When Bingo's (Joan) father is killed, she inherits his oil company , however because she was raised in rural South America,
her guardians, Ben (Ernest Torrence) and Howard (Holmes Herbert) decide to send the unsophisticated Bingo (Joan) to New York
to gain some culture.
A milestone in Joan's career. "Untamed" was her first "talkie." She never doubted her ability to talk
on film, she would tirelessly take diction and elocution lessons to rid herself of her natural Southwestern accent. She even
bought a Dictaphone and read verse into it as her first husband, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. supervised. Her determination to succeed
in the new medium ensured that she was one of the few silent stars who made the transition from silent to sound with ease.
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Reviewer, writerdonna7, says...
"Untamed" is Joan Crawford's first sound film and presents a creaky bridge between silents and talkies, although
our "dancing daughter" is, as always, vivacious and natural even when speaking with a refined accent. It's not a
great film, but its rawness and that of its largely youthful cast is part of its abundant charm. There are occasional issues
with sound, such as when the background music almost drowns out the dialogue, and title cards are used, if sparingly. The
plot concerns a wild child named Alice "Bingo" Dowling who lives in the jungles of South America with her prospecting
father (Lloyd Ingraham). The film opens with a deeply-tanned Crawford in a sexy, little dress and bare legs doing her standard
hoochie-koochie dance (lots of legs, limbs and flapping) for the natives and singing "Chant of the Jungle." When
her daddy is on his death bed, felled by a bad heart and a bad man with designs on Bingo, he makes his two friends, Ben Murchison
(Ernest Torrence) and Howard Presley (Holmes Herbert) promise to look after his little girl (in a hilariously protracted death
scene) and reveals the whereabouts of a deed that essentially makes Bingo an oil heiress. Shortly, "Uncle Ben,"
as Bingo refers to him, is taking his ward via ship to New York and finding her a handful, but "worth it." As Murchison
remarks when looking on the prettily sleeping Bingo, "Sometimes the sweetest flowers grow in the mud."
Pierre de Rohan of the "New York Morning Telegraph" (1929) had this to say, "Miss Crawford seems more than
a little ill-at-ease in the trappings of a jungle hoyden and only slightly more comfortable in the equally alien antics of
a Manhattan debutante. She never, therefore, makes her role seem real and I doubt whether any other actress could."
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