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Untamed (1929)

Approved | | Drama | 23 November 1929 (USA)
When her rich oilman father is killed, Bingo, raised in the wilds of South America, inherits the company. Her guardians Ben and Howard send her to New York for civilizing but on the way she... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Bingo Dowling
Robert Montgomery ... Andy McAllister
Ernest Torrence ... Ben Murchison
Holmes Herbert ... Howard Presley
John Miljan ... Bennock
Gwen Lee ... Marjory
Edward J. Nugent ... Paul (as Edward Nugent)
Don Terry ... Gregg
Gertrude Astor ... Mrs. Mason
Milton J. Fahrney ... Jollop (as Milton Farney)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Dowling (as Lloyd Ingram)
Grace Cunard ... Milly
Tom O'Brien Tom O'Brien ... Moran
Wilson Benge Wilson Benge ... Billcombe


When her rich oilman father is killed, Bingo, raised in the wilds of South America, inherits the company. Her guardians Ben and Howard send her to New York for civilizing but on the way she meets Andy, wonderful in every way but wealth. He can't live off her money, he says, as he turns to Marjory. Uncivilized Bingo, who hits anyone she disagrees with, shoots Andy in the arm. Now it's okay for him to marry her. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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You'll love her voice-her acting will sweep you off your feet! (Print Ad- Lawrence Daily Journal-World,((Lawrence, Ks.)) 5 December 1929) See more »




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Release Date:

23 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jungle See more »


Box Office


$229,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film made a profit of $508,000 for MGM ($7,160,700 in 2016 dollars). See more »


Marjory: Where's Bingo?
Andy: How should I know?
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Alternate Versions

MGM also released this movie in a silent version with film length of 1,630 m. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Joan Crawford (1962) See more »


Chant of the Jungle
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Sung and danced by Joan Crawford
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Great Early Talkie
30 April 2006 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Untamed is famous for being Joan Crawford's first talkie, a curiosity. I had heard it was only a mediocre film by both fans of Crawford and those who really do not care for her. I was surprised that I liked it so much considering these reviews; Untamed is a good quality early talkie and a bright spot in Crawford's early career.

Crawford plays "Bingo," an untamed girl from the jungles of South America whose father dies, leaving her with a large oil inheritance. Some old friends of the family escort her to New York where she is to live in luxury, but they are startled when she abruptly falls in love with Robert Montgomery. They convince her that there are hundred of men like him in New York; she goes there to find that she yearns for him more than ever. She finds that he misses her too and the two plan to get married, until Crawford's uncle meddles again. The end of this film is quite shocking, and there are plenty of moments to entertain throughout.

Unlike her later 1930s films, Crawford is wild and free here, sort of like a Trilby yet to find her Svengali. Her personality is radiant and she acts much more like a savage than a society girl. This pre-code film has her kicking her legs up to throw up her skirt, sleeping in a man's room, seeing him before he is dressed, drinking large quantities of alcohol during Prohibition, and condoning violence, an unladylike characteristic. Montgomery is terribly handsome in this film, a great romantic lead for Crawford. Perhaps this is the reason they starred in several other films together. The two sing several times here; neither has an outstanding voice, but the music helps add some realism and entertainment to the screen.

Overall, this is not only a curiosity, but a great early film. It does not suffer from the slow pacing, static camera, wordy dialogue, and loud silences that other early talkies did. Be sure to give it a proper chance.

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