Untamed Youth is a 1957 American drama film directed by Howard W. Koch, written by John C. Higgins and Stephen Longstreet, and starring Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson as two starstruck sisters who are sentenced to farm labor.
Original theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Howard W. Koch|
|Produced by||Aubrey Schenck|
|Music by||Les Baxter|
|Cinematography||Carl E. Guthrie|
|Edited by||John F. Schreyer|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Sisters Penny and Jane Lowe are arrested for hitchhiking and skinny dipping and are sentenced to work on a rural Texas farm for a corrupt agricultural magnate named Russ Tropp. The judge who sentenced the sisters to the farm is dating Tropp and is unaware of the treatment of the prisoners, until her son is hired to work at the farm and uncovers that a scam had been going on. Through dating the judge, Tropp ensures that all delinquents and rule breakers are ordered to work off their sentence at his farm therefore giving him a stable amount of cheap labor, allowing him to undercut all competition he faces. The judge's son also falls in love with Jane, while Penny, who performs four songs in the film, dreams of making it big in show business. The film features Eddie Cochran as Bong, one of the prisoners in the camp, who also performs a song onscreen.
- Mamie Van Doren as Penny Lowe
- Lori Nelson as Jane Lowe
- John Russell as Russ Tropp
- Don Burnett as Bob Steele
- Glenn Dixon as Jack Landis
- Lurene Tuttle as Judge Cecilia Steele Tropp
- Eddie Cochran as Bong
- Yvonne Fedderson as Baby
- Jeanne Carmen as Lillibet
- Robert Foulk as Sheriff Mitch Bowers
- Wayne Taylor as Duke
- Jered Barclay as Ralph
- Valerie Reynolds as Arkie
- Lucita as Margaritia
According to a reviewer for the New York Times who witnessed the movie's premiere in 1957, Untamed Youth sought to "portray sisters who run afoul of the law and are sent to a prison farm populated almost entirely by rock 'n' roll addicts, Call it a fate almost worse than death."  Decades later, the film was featured on an early episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.