Monday, May 21, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Call Her Savage. 1932. USA. Directed by John Francis Dillion. With Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd. 35mm. 92 min.
After suffering a nervous breakdown in 1931, Clara Bow left Paramount to make her final two films at Fox. The first, based on a notorious bestseller by Tiffany Thayer, was Call Her Savage, a hodgepodge of sensational situations that often seems meant to remind audiences of some of the more salacious rumors about Bow’s private life. Yet audiences (and even some critics) embraced Bow, whose incandescent personality—as the “hot-blooded” daughter of a Texas oil baron, terrorizing Chicago and New York with her sexual indiscretions—shines through and ultimately commands sympathy. Preservation funded by Turner Classic Movies and the Celeste Bartos Fund For Film Preservation.