Untamed

  • 1929
  • 1 HR 28 MIN
  • NR

Crawford made the change from silents to sound with this movie and she was the best thing about it, which is not saying much. Crawford plays an oil heiress to millions. She's been living in the interior since she was a little child and has no idea of what life is like in the big city. The money has been left to her but will be overseen by her late father's...read more

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Crawford made the change from silents to sound with this movie and she was the best thing about it, which is not saying much. Crawford plays an oil heiress to millions. She's been living in the interior since she was a little child and has no idea of what life is like in the big city. The

money has been left to her but will be overseen by her late father's associates, Torrence and Herbert, a pair of tough old birds. They think that their charge is a diamond who needs buffing so they take her north to New York where she can acquire the sophistication that she'll need to go along

with her new wealth. They are taking a liner and Crawford meets and falls for Montgomery, a handsome young man who has everything to recommend him as a prospective husband for Crawford, with the possible exception of the fact that he'd have to borrow money from a churchmouse to make ends meet. The

two are madly in love but Montgomery is a proud man, and the moment he finds out that Crawford is rich, he backs away because he does not want to live on her money. That's just fine with Torrence and Herbert, since they are not thrilled with Montgomery and have been trying to break up the duo

anyhow. In New York, the untamed Crawford is a fish out of water. She won't tolerate any nonsense and uses her fists to make the point. This kind of untrammeled behavior raises eyebrows in polite society, but the fact that she is so rich mitigates any disapproval. Crawford makes no bones about her

love for Montgomery, but he tries to fend her off, hoping that he will eventually make it on his own so he can ask for her hand. When that doesn't seem to be happening, he thinks he has to jettison Crawford entirely and this he does by running off with Lee. The moment Crawford finds out about

this, she is suddenly a primal creature again and retaliates by shooting Montgomery. It's just a flesh wound in the arm but it proves to Montgomery how much Crawford loves him and to what lengths she will go. Herbert and Torrence cease attempting to break up the couple and Montgomery is offered a

position with the oil company; he tosses aside his pride and he and Crawford will be married. Crawford sings "Chant of the Jungle"(Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed), and the film also includes the number "That Wonderful Something Is Love" (Joe Goodwin, Louis Alter).

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