CALL HER SAVAGE
1932, 20th Century Fox, 88 min, USA, Dir: John Francis Dillon

If there is one film that deserves to be called “the most pre-Code film of them all,” it is John Francis Dillon’s CALL HER SAVAGE. In 1932, the Fox Film Corporation was desperate for a hit, so it brought Clara Bow (“The It Girl”) out of retirement and adapted a sensational novel for her, violating every rule of the 1930 Production Code. One reviewer called the film “a flashy, trashy, tasteless and unpleasant exhibit” but conceded that “not even the most captious can deny its superficial appeal.” With showy support from stunning Thelma Todd and lounge lizard Monroe Owsley, Clara Bow burns up the screen in one outrageous episode after another.


IT (1927)
1927, Kino Lorber, 72 min, USA, Dir: Clarence G. Badger

The film that launched a thousand bobbed hairdos, IT stars the remarkably sassy Clara Bow as Betty Lou, a department store worker who has “It” (aka sex appeal). What does an It Girl do when the man of her dreams doesn't know she exists? She dates his best friend! This attention-getting technique works swimmingly, but complications arise when Betty Lou is mistakenly written up in the daily newspaper as an unwed mother. A flirty, fashionable romp about class politics.


DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS
1922, 83 min, USA, Dir: Elmer Clifton

Elmer Clifton directed this exciting and realistic saga of 19th century whaling, featuring an actual whale hunt captured on film. Shot on location in New Bedford, Massachusetts with locals in period costume as extras, the film stars Raymond McKee, Marguerite Courtot and, in her second film role, Clara Bow.


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