Taming the Wild
Cast & Crew
Rod La Rocque
June Bolton, a headstrong heiress who craves excitement, flees to Los Angeles after a car accident for which she is wanted by the police. Her mother, ineffectual as a disciplinarian, learns of the incident while on the steamship Malolo , and wires the family lawyer, Dick Clayton, to find June and guard her until her return. Dick finds June in a downtown hotel, where reporter Jimmy Taylor is trying to get her story. June escapes Dick by jumping into the limousine of a dangerous but charming racketeer, Bert Graham. Graham takes June to his notorious Red Mill Inn, and she quickly befriends Hazel White, a dancer. When Dick arrives, he and Graham have a fight, and in the confusion, June and Hazel are arrested. Hazel's boyfriend, Steve McDonald, bails them out, but is then ordered by Graham to do away with Dick. Steve takes Dick for a ride, but allows him to escape, for which he is brutally murdered by Graham. As June becomes further embroiled in the underworld life, Dick remains undaunted in his pursuit of her, but one day, deciding she had has enough of Dick's interference, she slaps him and fires him. Later while June is out driving with Hazel and Graham, Graham is gunned down by his enemy, Hogan. Graham survives, and while he is recuperating, June visits him in the hospital, prompting more scandalous headlines. Meanwhile, June learns that Graham is trying to pin Steve's murder on Hogan. Determined to silence June, Hogan visits her at her hotel room and attacks her. Dick arrives just in time, however, and following a fight, the police apprehend Hogan. When June taunts Dick, saying no man can tame her, he spanks her with a hair brush and leaves. June, sorry for her temper, calls after Dick and, handing him the hair brush, tells him he may need it again. Jimmy now has the ending to his story, "America's Madcap No. 1."
Rod La Rocque
Although Motion Picture Herald release charts give a release date of February 15, 1936, the film was not reviewed by Variety until January 27, 1937, and by the New York Times until March 28, 1938. Ads for this film state: "Romantic story of a daring little rich girl!...Should a girl be spanked?" The New York Times reviewer stated that the film comes under the heading of "film roughage-suitable mainly for growing boys-and [not] recommended to persons with fastidious tastes or weak stomachs." Recording engineer Wes Moreland receives credit for this film in Hollywood Reporter production charts only and it is unclear what contribution he made to the final film.