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Untamed

Untamed

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Untamed , When the great potato famine hits Ireland, the diaspora begins as thousands emigrate. Among those leaving the Emerald Isle is Katie O’Neill and her husband, who decide that the promised land is South Africa and make their way there. Once there, they discover the hardships that are the reality of the homesteader experience. To complicate matters, Katie meets up with the love of her life, Paul van Riebeck. Will there be betrayal on the veldt?

Irish lass journeys to South Africa during the 1850s to reconnect with lost love,

Untamed , It takes the great Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s to drive Susan Hayward and her new husband along with their baby out of Ireland and having heard all about South Africa from the dashing Tyrone Power who had previously visited her father, they embark there.

Of course, Hayward conveniently meets up with Power there and decides to get free territory there. How convenient that Sean, her husband, gets killed and Hayward is left to become impregnated by Power.

Power, as the leader of the Free Dutch has no time for Hayward and she then falls for Richard Egan, the heavy in the film. Rita Moreno is as fiery as ever but is given little to say or do here. Her jealousy of competitor Hayward is from the moment she sees her.

Power learns of his son and Egan, now as evil as they come, still wants Hayward.

The lavish cinematography and endearing story make this one interesting film.


Scarlett O’Hara crosses the veldt: big, enjoyable hokum

 
Everyone works hard to make this grand-scaled hokum as enjoyable as possible. As a redheaded Irish spitfire, Susan Hayward finally gets her chance to play Scarlett O’Hara, but packs all her chiffons and crinolines [with matching shoes and stockings] in a covered wagon and sets off to cross the veldt with wise Agnes Moorehead and a cast of thousands [well, hundreds]. She’s chasing Tyrone Power across South Africa, although he’s something of a stiff, but she also loves hearty Richard Egan. The script stuffs in everything from a fancy dress ball to an emergency amputation. Henry King directs it all with some intensity, especially a harrowing and spectacular Zulu attack, and uses the wide screen well to capture the spaciousness of the land. Should be seen on the big screen at least in letterbox].


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