This week’s mystery movie has been the 1932 Fox picture “Call Her Savage,” directed by John Francis Dillon, with a screenplay by Edwin Burke from the bestselling novel by Tiffany Thayer. With Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd, Monroe Owsley, Estelle Taylor, Weldon Heyburn, Willard Robertson, Anthony Jowitt, Fred Kohler, Russell Simpson, Margaret Livingston, Carl Stockdale and Dorothy Peterson.
“Call Her Savage” was Bow’s first film with Fox after parting ways with Paramount and the movie was billed as her “comeback” after being absent from the screen since “Kick In.” Bow made one more movie for Fox, “Hoopla,” before retiring from the screen.
One reviewer said of Thayer’s book: “Savage is too dignified a term. Nasa is a sadist, a neurotic, a scalper, a madwoman, or she is perhaps more fitly called the purple figment of nightmarish dreams, conceived by the author in a brainstorm and thenceforth rationalized by him for some three hundred pages.”
The film opened in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 1932 at Loews State with the Pete Smith short “Football Footwork.”
Mordaunt Hall of the New York Times said (Nov. 25, 1932): “It is scarcely an offering that can be recommended for its plausibility, but who knows but that there may be a girl somewhere like Nasa Springer. Miss Bow does quite well by the rôle of this fiery-tempered impulsive Nasa, but whether the flow of incidents makes for satisfactory entertainment is a matter of opinion.”
In a review for the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 2, 1932,, John Scott noted that “her fans turned out in droves,” but said: ” ‘Call Her Savage,’ which the more discriminating theatergoers will undoubtedly deem tasteless and at times even unpleasant, gives the star opportunity to reveal her natural acting talents, but in so doing, requires her in one sequence to take to the street to provide medicine for her sick baby. A poignant note, but a questionable one.”
A restored print will be shown in New York on Wednesday as part of Film Forum’s “IT GIRLS, Flappers, Jazz Babies and Vamps” series, on Wednesday, March 23.
”Call Her Savage” is available from Fox Cinema Archives at various outlets such as Amazon, listing at $19.98.
“Call Her Savage” opens in Los Angeles, Nov. 30, 1932.
Clara Bow gets her El Kabong on in “Call Her Savage.”
For Monday, we have a mystery gent who appears to be in a bit of trouble.
Update: This is Fred Kohler.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Carl Stockdale.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Monday’s mystery gent) and Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery gent).
No, I didn’t change movies. Wednesday’s images are from the same mystery film as Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery pictures.
Update: This is Hale Hamilton and Anthony Jowitt
Brain Trust roll call: Anne Papineau (Tuesday’s mystery gent).
And for Thursday we have this mystery gent. Several other fine images, alas, were on Google image search.
Update: This is Frank Atkinson.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery gent and one of Wednesday’s mystery gents), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery gent, one of Wednesday’s mystery gents and a mystery chambermaid), Benito (mystery movie), Dewey Webb (mystery movie), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery gents), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie), David Inman (mystery movie and one of Wednesday’s mystery gents) and Sheila (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery gents).
And for Friday, we have these elegant mystery guests.
Update: This is Thelma Todd and Monroe Owsley.
And our mystery leading lady in all her pre-code glory.
Update: Clara Bow in her next to last picture.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery guest) and Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guest).