Yes, Girl Week 2016 is still going strong! Earlier today, I borrowed my blog from Joel to talk about Brooklyn. With that out of the way, I'll step aside once more. Joel has another wonderful woman to tell us about.
1932. Not Rated, 82 minutes.
Strap in kids, this one’s a wild ride!! In this pre-code legendary “IT” girl Clara Bow, in her second to last feature, plays Texas rich girl Nasa Springer who drives her father crazy with her “hot blood”. Unable to handle her and worried about her involvement with his Native American hand Moonglow (Gilbert Roland) he ships her off to a Chicago boarding school.
That doesn’t slow her down one bit and she elopes with a hothead ne'er do well who abandons her in short order taking her most of her loot with him. Disowned by Daddy, deserted and knocked up she’s reduced to penury and while out attempting to ply the world’s oldest profession for medicine for the baby tragedy occurs.
She’s down but not out yet and toughs her way back until her reptile of a husband, now ravaged by venereal disease and going mad shows back up, attempts rape and tries to hold her up for more cash. Showing this is a true pre-code when Clara, after wrestling him to the ground, warns his “Don’t get up!” he responds “I get up every afternoon!!” Then Moonglow shows up to tell her she’s inherited a fortune and she’s off to New York for a little night life, including a visit to a gay club where the waiters sing about sailors in pajamas! Eventually word arrives that trouble’s brewing down at the ranch so she hits the trail back for the final revelation of the mystery to her wildcat ways!! All in just over 80 minutes!
Wildly sexual, and for most of the running time unencumbered by underwear, Bow drives this with enormous star presence. It’s an unruly but fascinating film that doesn’t miss a trick in subjects that would soon be verboten for decades…whippings, miscegenation, drug use, STDS, interracial romance, swearing, near nudity, homosexuality as well as a glorious cat fight between Clara and the gorgeous but ill-fated Thelma Todd, nicknamed “Hot Toddy” she ran with a fast crowd and was murdered a few years after this for pushing back at the mobsters who wanted to turn her seaside restaurant into a money laundering front. You’ll rarely, if ever, see anything like it!
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