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8/10
Great Early Talkie
Maleejandra30 April 2006
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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Sultry and spirited young Crawford cuts loose in a "wild" role
tomligon17 August 2002
From her first scenes looking bronzed as a Tahitian as she sings and dances on the beach at night, to the porcelain aristocratic beauty she presents later in the film, Joan Crawford shines in a role that she seems born to play. The film combines melodrama and comedy to bizarre contrast, and features a number of choice supporting performances (and accents!) Young and handsome Robert Montgomery plays the object of Crawford's affection, and such is the level of her love that when she is told that "the woods are full of men like him", she replies, "take me to the woods." This film also might show her earliest use of a Crawford trademark prop, the revolver.
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7/10
refreshing, fun Joan Crawford debut talkie
zeula15 December 2002
''Untamed'' surprised & delighted me, in the way, that I've never seen Joan play such a sassy, upbeat role before...... It's totally different from all her other roles, and I don't think, she played another similar part after...... Joan plays her part ''Bingo'', so charmingly & adorably...... (in a way, naive & innocent) It's really not something, Joan fans are used to watching...... This proves again, Joan's versatility, and her capability to do comedy...... Even though, certain parts in ''Untamed'' were silly & offbeat...... I really didn't seem to care, or really noticed it...... Because, Joan & Robert Montgomery had such marvelous chemistry together..... (It's always a refreshing & fun experience watching them every time) They had so much give and take, in their scenes together....... ''Untamed'' is obviously dated, but in a classy, old fashioned way...... What ''Untamed'' has, that other same genre movie lacks today is, ''classy romance''....... I recommend Joan & Robert Montgomery fans to check out this movie...... Really wished Joan & Robert could've made movies together...... They're simply superb, each time they team together......
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8/10
Bingo for Crawford in "Untamed!"
jparke109 January 2006
"Bingo" is exactly the word! This film hits all the right spots and its not all about Joan Crawford, who simply sparkles. I fell totally in love with her character!

It is not by accident that IMDb lists 107 films by Director Jack Conway between 1912 and 1948. This was his 72nd film according to that chronology and his expertise shows. I found it thoroughly engrossing and continuously entertaining. I laughed aloud often -- some really great gags and a fine early sit-com.

I don't know much about the writer Charles E. Scoggins, but co-writer Sivia Thalberg is credited with 15 films and is the sister of Irving Thalberg. That ought to tell you this film deserves close attention. Don't allow yourself to think of it as "cornball" and just engross yourself in it. You won't be disappointed.
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9/10
A great early Crawford movie!
eguinea54 September 2006
One of the first MGM soundies full of music, dance, drama and Joan Crawford! The early Crawford personality emerges as a feisty, likable, love-of-life character and she is wonderful! She is so different from her later 50's and 60's roles. If you have not viewed any of Crawford's silent movies or the early soundies, you should consider it. You can see the emergence of her acting abilities and even peg some of her acting characteristics that she carried with her throughout her entire 50 year career. Ernest Torrence is an engaging father figure, a marvelous character actor. Robert Montgomery (who appeared with JC six times) is the love interest torn between culture and animal. Lloyd Ingraham appears as the Crawford character's father early on. A must-see for film lovers interested in viewing early sound films.
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5/10
Not the best MGM had to offer
LadyJaneGrey18 January 2006
But not too bad, with some comedic moments, my favorite unintentional one being when Montgomery knocks back a shot and the liquid dribbles down the shoulder of his tuxedo!! Cut! Wait, just leave it in, who will notice. This is an early talkie, anyhow. Next scene! Joan is lovably fresh in her first talkie as the improbably nick-named Bingo, falling head over heels in love with poor but noble Andy McAllister. When she gets the monkey off her back (literally; she's grown up in the jungle), she moves to the city with her "uncles" (really her father's friends who are charged with her care) and enters society, with a little help from the MGM make-up, hair, and deportment departments. Can Bingo and Andy make a go of it? Will Andy go back to his girlfriend? Will Bingo realize one of her "uncles" likes her in that special way? As others have said, it's a wildly improbable tale but it is fun to watch such an early talkie, when everything was so awkward and painful, like adolescence. Montgomery in the fight scenes was indeed pale and slender; in fact, a muscular double had to be used for him during the strip-search scene in "The Big House." Oh, well. Men were littler then. Some of us like the suave, intellectual type.

Not a bad way to spend 90 minutes. Interesting to note the use of card titles in this movie, and also Joan's rather stilted emoting, both holdovers from the silent days which really were just days behind at that point. Such a curiosity in this day and age...
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8/10
Great Movie
bocheetus3 February 2005
The funniest parts in this movie are 1) Joan Crawfords painfully obvious underarm SWEAT STAINS!!!!!I mean obvious...this movie was apparently done before Joan's unpublicized sweat gland operations(just kidding)...... 2)The scene where Robert Montgomery has a boxing match in the living room during a party. He looks absolutely juvenile in his little tank top and his childlike rabbit punches. He was, of course, a married man by this, albeit a puny one. He obviously didn't possess a home gym. I recommend this movie.... Great example of an early talkie. Crawford was one of the few silent stars to make the transition to talkies and thrived. Montgomery was one of those actors recruited after the change from silents. Men who could speak while they gnawed at the scenery.......
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4/10
a bit hokie
speter16 October 2000
Fun to watch an early "talking" but the acting is marginal and the fight scene laughable. Fun seeing Montgomery and Crawford in the earliest part of their careers. But you can tell western electric was still playing around with sound trying to get the levels right. Sometimes background music overpowered dialogue.
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5/10
Bingo Was Her Name-O
utgard146 January 2014
Untamed is a dusty old creaker that has the distinction of being Joan Crawford's first talkie after years of mostly forgettable silent films. The plot is about an oil heiress named Bingo (Crawford) raised in the jungle by her father. She's pretty much a wild child though nothing like Tarzan. More like a hillbilly or something I guess. She's uncouth, as the kids might say. Anyway her father is killed and his two friends (Holmes Herbert and an overacting Ernest Torrence) decide to take her to New York to become civilized. On the ship she meets Robert Montgomery and falls in love. Being this is Joan's first talking picture, I'll cut her some slack. Her acting in the dramatic scenes was pretty bad but she does better with the comedy. Overall, a curio but nothing more. If you're a die-hard fan of Joan's, check it out. Otherwise you're not missing anything.
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4/10
Me Joan, You Bob
bkoganbing9 January 2014
Joan Crawford made her talking debut in this film Untamed about a young woman raised in the jungle and not used to civilized ways. Within the first 10 minutes of the film her father is killed and a pair of old oil wildcatters, Ernest Torrance and Holmes Herbert, become her new guardians. It seems that her father with oil leases and such has left her mighty rich young woman.

Rich she may be, but it's like leaving Paris Hilton's fortunes to Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. On ship Joan takes a liking to Robert Montgomery, but Torrance is constantly scheming to break them up fearing Montgomery is a fortune hunter. As for Bob, he has his pride.

The rest of the film is Torrance's machinations, Herbert warning against same, Joan not being used to civilized ways, and Bob's pride. That about sums this film which I fear hasn't worn well.

Crawford overacted a bit as did Torrance, but nearly everyone was doing that in those early talkies. But her voice registered well, no John Gilbert troubles for her. She also sang two songs in the film and Montgomery joined her in one of them. Good thing MGM didn't give him any more musical gigs in his career. But as for acting Montgomery's voice registered well for sound.

The story itself however was a bit much. It gets highly melodramatic at the end. Good thing Crawford had better things coming in her career and shortly.
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4/10
A promising film marred by MGM
bump6918 August 2000
Joan Crawford's first talkie reveals her to be irresistibly sexy and personable, but her role is hamstrung by the inane plot and contrived dialogue. Unfortunately, this is characteristic of most early MGM talkies. Ernest Torrence is notable as the guardian of Joan's character, but the rest of the cast, Robert Taylor included, is submerged in the froth of this lightweight comedy. See it for Joan, but don't say you weren't warned.
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3/10
Joan Crawford and her Body
arfdawg-111 March 2018
The Plot 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.

The only thing working in this film is Joan Crawford's tight young body. She's thin as a sheet of paper and smoking hot. The film itself is sorrt of bland.
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5/10
Very cute early Joan Crawford
HotToastyRag5 June 2019
Both leads were perfectly cast in the silly romance Untamed. Joan Crawford played a wild gypsy, who, after being exposed to civilization for the first time, still acts like a savage beast. Robert Montgomery plays a refined society playboy who falls for Joan's beauty and tries to kindly educate her with better manners. She tries to scare off female competition, and Bob tells her she just can't go around threatening to punch people in the nose. "Why not?" she asks.

In her early, very pretty days, Joan eats up her scenes with energy and hilarious melodrama. The film itself is very dated, so I can't imagine anyone wanting to watch it unless they're a fan of the cast. Nowadays, it's looked at as misogynistic to try and tame a woman's wild impulses and get her to act like a "lady". But in 1929, it was very funny to watch the glamorous Joan Crawford embarrass herself in polite society. Give this movie a watch if you like her early days, and you'll be rewarded with a couple of dance numbers, as well as a song from Robert Montgomery!
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7/10
A compelling drama that marked Crawford's first starring role
leftistcritic7 March 2019
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This morning I watched this film as I continue to watch older films like this one. Already I was grumbling a bit as I had wanted to watch Honor Among Lovers (1931) but it was hard to find online, so I watched this film instead. The ratings on here on this film go from the lowest (2 stars) to the highest (8 stars), so that opens the ground for my rating. I would not give this film a rating of 10 but would also not dismiss it outright, so I'm willing to give it a "proper chance" as Maleejandra suggested in their review, where they described that in this film she is "wild and free here," with a radiant personality, acting "much more like a savage than a society girl," while she kicks her legs up to throw her skirt up, sleeps in a man's room, seeing him before he is dressed, drinks a good amount of alcohol and is utterly violent, seen as "unladylike." But there is more to say about the film than just this.

The film begins with showing Bingo Dowling (played by Jean Crawford) dancing around in a settlement somewhere in the South American jungle, a bit reminiscent of a sort of stereotypical "Wild West town." In this opening sequence, one man tries to forcibly kiss her, to which she punches him in the nose in response. In the meantime, two suits, as you could call them, Ben Murchison/Uncle Ben (played by Ernest Torrence) and Howard Presley/Uncle Howard (played by Holmes Holbert), approach Bingo's father, whom is played by Lloyd Ingraham. Soon the scruffy man who tried to kiss Bingo approaches him, saying that he wants to marry Bingo, to which he refuses to grant, leading this man to stab him, grievously injuring him. As he dies in his bed, he says he wants to make sure his daughter gets a sizable part of his oil inheritance and in his dying words he recognizes the joyful Bingo come in, singing with a howler monkey on her shoulder. She is soon devastated when she learns of her father's death, undoubtedly affecting her psychologically.

But she seems to get over this quick as she travels with Uncle Ben and Uncle Howard (whom is not an uncle), accidentally bumping into Andy McAllister (played by Robert Montgomery) who she quickly grows fond of, even though they have known each other very little time. She threatens violence (a punch in the nose), literally against another woman whom Andy is talking with, saying this is "my man" and that Andy isn't "your little boy." Interestingly, she is much more aggressive in her advances toward Andy while he is almost a bit more passive, surprised her passion. Even so, Uncle Ben puts the breaks on this romance, saying it is impossible because there are many other men like Andy in New York (claiming that Andy is not unique) and that Andy has little money. This is one of the points where the movie's logic doesn't add up. If we accept all of his pretenses, it still confounds me that Uncle Ben could not find a job for Andy in the oil fields in South America as an engineer, or at least an engineer-in-training (as his schooling is not done yet). So, his denial of the romance between them is on pretty flimsy grounds, since by the end of the film when they finally get together (spoiler!), he is only earning about $60 a week, which isn't much better than having no money. Still, it is enough to convince Andy to stay away from her, for over a year, where they are drawn back together.

While you could say that after one year has passed and Bingo is part of high society in New York that she is "tamed," but the fact is she is still "untamed," able to mix the language of high society with her approach of utter violence. This is clear from the fact that she allows for the fight between a jealous man and Andy in the arena, which results in Andy being victorious, in some way proving Andy's "manliness" or "toughness" to her, a spectacle that Uncle Ben is shocked by. Thinking that Andy is not right for her, Uncle Ben works to interfere yet again, offering Andy a $50,000 check which he knows will insult him as he objects to the marriage with Bingo because she has so, so much more money than him, leading him to shutter at the idea of literally living off her money. At the film's climax, Bingo takes decisive action (which you can probably guess) to make sure Andy does not go with another woman, bringing them together as the film closes on a happy note.

Now, considering this was the first starring role for Crawford and considering the sound quality of this movie was not the best at times, I am willing to rate it higher than most of the people on here. At the same time, this film has the white savior written all over it, with two white men literally pulling her out of what is considered "the jungle" (it really isn't) and bringing her to New York to make her "civilized." You could also say it is a bit chauvinist in that Bingo wants a strong man as a protector, but the fact is that Andy needs to be pressured and convinced into being at her side, which is not an easy task once they get to New York. Crawford's role reminds me of Ellen Peterson/"The Gamin" (played by Paulette Goddard), alongside Charlie Chaplin as the factory worker, but also of the conception of Tarzan, of a "wild" white man whom was raised by apes on the Atlantic coast of Africa, which is thoroughly racist and sexist as we would see it now. So, I think the film has some of those themes, with "untamed" just being the nice way of saying "savage," clearly. As such, the best I can rate this film is a 7 out of 10, which is lower than my other ratings on here, but this is completely justified based on the nature of the movie itself. And with that, my review of this movie comes to an end.
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6/10
Joan speaks, and a legend is born!
mark.waltz24 September 2018
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More than 40 years after her death, people are still studying the work and life of one of the top movie stars of all time: Joan Crawford. Whatever your feelings of her acting talent, there's no denying the fact that her magnetism has been an influence on many actresses who have come since she was named box office poison, a short period of career that ended with a triumphant return to the top of the charts and an Oscar. In her very first talking film, she shows a very natural way of acting, and even if the film is dated in many ways, it stands the test of time from the light that shines on her.

Certainly, the premise of the film is absurd: She's an obvious American girl who was brought up in South America, and she has the temperament and feistiness of the stereotypical Latina. She's not afraid of going after the man she falls in love with at first sight, and after the death of her father, prepares to return to America for the first time with uncle Ernest Torrence. Aboard the ship to New York, she spots handsome playboy Robert Montgomery and is instantly smitten, even though he's enjoying the company of the wealthy and older Gwen Lee. Uncle Torrence finds Montgomery to be unsuitable, considering the wealth that Crawford has inherited from her late father, and does everything he can to break them up. True love runs its course, although it takes time for her to find a way to make things work.

Made at the beginning of the sound era, this includes a couple of songs, although it can't be referred to as a full fledged musical. Crawford and Montgomery are an appealing team, and while Torrence's character could have been written as a brutish villain, the script allows him to show several dimensions. The scenes between Crawford and Lee have spark as well, and even at only 24 or 25 when she made this, Crawford is able to command the screen with her large eyes and pleasing personality. This is a film that might require multiple viewings to come to like; My initial rating of this was 3/10, and having not seen it in over 20 years, I found it greatly appealing. It is only moderately static in spots. Crawford's career had several stages to it, and this being the beginning of her second stage finds her at her most appealing. It is films like this that show why Crawford was indeed Bette Davis's favorite movie star in spite of all the indications of their "feud".
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4/10
Bingo's bangles bungle; she should leave them in the jungle. Warning: Spoilers
I've never understood the 'camp' phenomenon, with its devotees (camp followers?) who actually prefer to see their cult favourites -- usually larger-than-life actresses -- in *bad* films, rather than good ones. But Joan Crawford's 'camp' credentials are unquestioned, and 'Untamed' is a campfest. Those who like to see Joan Crawford in queen-bee mode (you know who you are) will enjoy this film immensely. Me, I liked Joan better in 'Daisy Kenyon'.

Here, she's cast as Bingo Dowling -- yes, Bingo! -- an oil heiress who's been living in the remote jungle with two older men named Murchison and Presley, whom she calls her 'uncles'. She takes a shine to handsome young Andy McAllister, and the two of them warble some bad songs. This movie was made in 1929, when silent films were fading fast and the Hollywood studios were scrambling to prove that their stars could not only talk but even sing. Actually, Joan was a pretty good singer and dancer in 'Hollywood Revue of 1929', but her singing in 'Untamed' is quite dire. And the sound recording is bad: well below the usual high standard of Douglas Shearer and MGM.

Speaking of which: MGM were consistently the studio with the best production values, the most opulent sets and the most stylish costumes. You'd hardly know it here. Several exterior sequences -- notably in the jungle -- have clearly been filmed indoors on a set-dressed soundstage. Several other sets are too swank for their own good. A simple little shop is kitted out like a posh emporium. As Bingo, Crawford flashes too many bangles, and her jewellery tends to rattle loudly in the bad sound mix.

SPOILERS NOW. Eventually, Bingo shoots Andy (good idea!) but they fall in love anyway (bad idea!).

I consider myself a Joan Crawford fan (for several reasons) but 'Untamed' is not her finest hour. I'll give some slack to all concerned, as this talkie was made during Hollywood's awkward transition period. For that reason, and out of sentiment for Joan Crawford, I'll rate this movie 4 out of 10 ... but I'm being generous.
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5/10
Polished but overlong; fun to watch young Crawford and Montgomery
gridoon20199 April 2018
Yet another one of those late 1920s - early 1930s "a poor man cannot possibly marry a rich woman because everyone will think he's doing it for her money only" movies. It's a bit of inconsequential trivia, and overlong to boot (85 minutes), but it's fun to watch a young, beautiful Joan Crawford as a fiery Latin America wildcat - cum - New York society girl, and Robert Montgomery already shows in this early role why he was one of the best leading men of his era. The film does feature one sequence that I've never seen before: an impromptu boxing match (complete with ring and bell) in the middle of a high-society party! And although the ending is predictable, the means by which we get there are not. ** out of 4.
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Crawford Makes the Film
Michael_Elliott31 July 2012
Untamed (1929)

** (out of 4)

After her father is murdered, Bingo (Joan Crawford) gets taken away from the South American jungles and heads to New York City. Even though she pretty much grew up as a wild child, her father's friend (Ernest Torrence) is given control of her and he objects when she falls in love with a poor boy (Robert Montgomery) so the two kids must prove that they're right for one another. This early talkie from MGM is about as predictable as it can get and it's highly doubtful that the viewer isn't going to know what's coming from around each corner so this film is pretty much just for Crawford fans who must see everything the actress did in her career. The entire film has a pretty strange vibe to it because when we first meet the Bingo character she's doing some crazy tribal dance and you really think that she's some wild child that you'd expect to see in a Lon Chaney film. After no time she settles down to be quite normal and this here is never really explained but Crawford's performance was pretty interesting. She was somewhat over-the-top in a good way while playing the wild child but she settled down during the section portion of the film and in the end she's the only reason to watch this thing. It's rather amazing to see how well she transformed into a sound star and you have to think that she was among the best to do so. Montgomery isn't too bad in his part but the screenplay does him no favors. Torrence is a tad bit all over the place but I still enjoyed watching him. At just 85-minutes the film is a little creaky in spots and there's no doubt that the pacing is a bit off. Still, Crawford fans might want to check it out but others should stay clear.
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4/10
Crawford Sweats Out Her First Talkie
wes-connors24 July 2012
Raised in the jungles of South America, sweaty oil heiress Joan Crawford (as Alice "Bingo" Dowling) returns to the United States after acquiring her estate. Along the way, Ms. Crawford meets doughy student Robert Montgomery (as Andy McAllister). They are mutually attracted, but find themselves on opposite sides of the tracks. While rich, Crawford is "Untamed" and must be civilized. She is helped into New York society by guardian Ernest Torrence (as Ben Murchison) and hit-man Holmes Herbert (as Howard Presley). In a startling scene, they have left one of Crawford's male admirers with his eyeballs removed. This film was Crawford's first "talking" feature. She and Mr. Montgomery are not always presented in a flattering manner, but the film delivered on its implicit sex appeal.

**** Untamed (11/23/29) Jack Conway ~ Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Ernest Torrence, Holmes Herbert
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4/10
Highly Implausible Film
terlgerl9 January 2006
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I watched this old 'talkie' late one night on the classic movies station (couldn't sleep). I figured this movie is 77 years old. It was pretty weird watching a movie with young actors that are all dead by now. The movie was semi-interesting but the end was disappointing. Andy is going to leave 'Bingo' when she shoots him in the shoulder. WTF? And he immediately changes his mind about leaving and decides that she is the woman for him. The movie ends about 40 seconds after 'Bingo' shoots Andy. Again, WTF? The two actors never had any chemistry to start with. Andy was good looking...but scrawny and effeminate. Joan Crawford looked good, but what was up with the sweat stains? And the singing? The movie is for the very bored only....definitely not a classic. It seemed like they were filming in sequence and run out of budget or were just sick of making the movie by the end of it.
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Crawford's First Talkie
nickandrew31 July 2001
Joan Crawford's first talkie is a dated, cornball story of an oil heiress named Bingo, who has been raised in the tropics. She soon falls in love with a poor New York City man played by Robert Montgomery. The dialogue is bad, and the sound is not that great, but if you like Joan, you may enjoy it only for one viewing.
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3/10
Over the top melodrama
JohnSeal2 September 2002
This creaky and absurd film starts out promisingly enough, as young Joan Crawford does a decidedly risque dance to native accompaniment. It's all downhill from there, and the film's climax is particularly absurd, as Crawford makes up with lover Robert Montgomery immediately after shooting him! Not one of the brightest stars in MGM's firmament.
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2/10
Untamed Technology of Talkies
Cineanalyst4 August 2018
Early talkies such as "Untamed" always astound me as to how they supplanted silent films. The art form had achieved a new peak at the end of the silent era, then, audiences and studios decided to patronize this sort of shoddy drivel. The best that may be said of "Untamed" is that it proved Joan Crawford, in her first sound film, could be a star in the talkies. Her voice was fine, and her eyes expressive. She shines in the scenes where she returns to the type of flapper role that initially made her a star in the silent "Our Dancing Daughters" (1928). Her singing and the opening dancing scene are awkward, but as others have mentioned, she proved her musical talent in other pictures. Worse yet are her histrionics in her father's death scene, which is too early in the picture to deserve to be so maudlin, and her ludicrous actions in response to beau Andy's drunkenness in the denouement. The inane story and dialogue do her no favors, nor does her character being named "Bingo."

At least, Crawford can throw a better punch than her co-star Robert Montgomery. Apparently, he learned a bit about boxing in the time between his hilariously-bad bout here and his starring as a prizefighter in "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941), which doesn't feature impressive fight scenes by any means, but at least they're not ridiculous like this one. The only boxing scene I recall being possibly worse than this was seeing Wallace Beery whiffing haymakers in "The Champ" (1931). In "Untamed," the filmmakers fail to conceal the pulled, mostly liver punches with fast-motion and jump cuts. Compared to this contest, Montgomery's singing is far superior. Meanwhile, Ernest Torrence, who was one of the best character actors of the silent era (with his imposing stature, he was a natural villain), unfortunately, delivers many of his lines with an irritatingly-elongated drawl, as if the dialogue weren't complete rubbish already.

The melodrama is classist, colonialist and sexist, concerning the "civilizing" of the "untamed" Bingo and her and Andy not marrying because he's not rich enough to buy her expensive jewelry, and his "Scotch pride" won't allow them to live on her wealth. The plot is episodic, jumping from a rather racially-offensive sequence where the father is murdered by a lascivious racial "other" in South America, to the jungle-wild Bingo flirting with Andy aboard an ocean liner while Uncle Ben rails against the folly of the whippersnappers' love when he's not trying to squeeze out a drink from a broken bottle of hooch on the floor (hey, what happened to the monkey Chico, anyways?), to Bingo being the life of the party as a New York flapper as she continues her hot-and-cold nonsense affair with Andy and continues to argue it out with her uncle. A carry-over from the silent era, title cards separate the acts and describe ellipses.

"Untamed" also suffers from the usual creakiness from only the second theatrical season of regular talkies, including being a production confined to sound stages and background noise, such as during the party scenes, tending to drown out dialogue. Editing from long to less-long, if not medium or close-up, shots tend to look like jump cuts, especially when not concealed by matching on action. Missing fourth walls are especially apparent in stagy scenes in the cramped ship cabins and in a sequence where their lack is literally exposed by the camera following characters through three rooms of a men's club. The film's average shot length of 12.6 seconds is made lethargic by being compounded by awkward editing, a lack of close-ups and camera movement and an abundance of bad dramaturgy. "Untamed" fails in most regards to tame the new medium of talking pictures.

But, again, what happened to Chico? He's the real star in this one; it's too bad he only had one scene.
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