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½ February 14, 2016
The whole thing is awfully, awfully silly. The strangely pneumatic Ms Van Doren wants to be an entertainer and regularly bursts into song, but dances like she has only heard rock ‚??n‚?? roll dancing¬†described¬†and has never seen it. So joyfully imbued with the rock ‚??n‚?? roll spirit are these kids that - despite being desperately exploited - they manage at one point to spontaneously break into a big number in the cotton fields.

It‚??s replete with quaint 1950s-isms, such as one woman in a catfight threatening to give the other an ‚??Italian haircut‚?? (I still don‚??t know what that means) and regularly exclaiming ‚??Chihuahua!‚?? (quite possibly to confirm her identity as a Latina)‚?¶ and Eddie Cochrane.

It can‚??t really be said to be a prison movie. Though a private prison precursor, perhaps.
Super Reviewer
½ June 18, 2015
A hugely under-appreciated B movie. The cast is superb starting with Mamie Van Doren - the first female actor to sing rock and roll in a movie. The campy plot line and cheesy dialogue entertainingly groan-inducing. The music is surprisingly catchy.. Director Howard W. Koch would go on to have a very distinguished career in Hollywood including head of Paramount Pictures.
May 24, 2015
Rock n Roll exploitation at its tamest where the unruly youth are also at their tamest. The acting is not very good though John Russell isn't too bad and there is a cameo by Eddie Cochran who sings a song. the film poster is so misleading so don't expect a raucous film just some youth who have been a little naughty but are all clean cut and innocent
Super Reviewer
May 15, 2015
The acting was disturbing but the musical numbers and dance were even worse. A wouldn't even call it a "campy classic", this teen exploitation would make Elvis cry.
November 2, 2014
Thin, broken plot with recycled characters and a odd bit of charm. Long musical pieces and some corny moments, it's a early MST3K classic.
½ July 17, 2014
Not exactly the worse movie ever. just seems to be lacking something like good acting.
½ March 27, 2014
A musical about juvenile delinquents picking cotton in a Texas work camp, oh and Mamie Van Doren's breast. A horrible premise and the story or acting does not get any better. Although Ms. Van Dorens breast are magnificent it is not worth watching.
March 18, 2013
Hits rock bottom. but its so bad its good
May 14, 2012
A relic of the cinema of "rebellious" youth from the 1950s. Ridiculously bad, but points for having the audacity to stage ludicrous dance sequences in the middle of doing work on a cotton farm.
½ October 17, 2011
I hate these teenage movies. There's no point to them and the songs are awful!
March 8, 2011
I haven't seen it but it was out when I was 12.
December 4, 2010
An entertaining slice of exploitation, starring Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson as rock-and-rollers sentenced to hard labor after they are busted for skinny-dipping.
½ August 5, 2010
Two sisters (one the famously curvy Mamie Van Doren) are arrested on their way to California for some minor offense. They get sentenced to a work program and end up on a cotton farm that essentially uses juvenile delinquents as indentured servants and have to try to find a way out of their situation.

A 50's Teenspolitation film that is heavy on musical numbers and little else. The owner of the farm is a cartoonish villain and the rest of the characters are poorly developed.

Not really recommended, though if you do decide to sit through it, keep a lookout for rocker Eddie Cochran as one of the teens who sings a song.
May 24, 2010
i will never forget this movie....for it's been a few weeks since i watched this abomination and i've still got the 'you ain't gonna make a cotton picker outta me' song in my skull. while it is fun to sing the song and add in my own words, it's still very annoying...much like the majority of this film was.
½ August 29, 2009
The story involves a juvenile work program that's, in reality, an agricultural sweatshop and scam for a huge cotton grower. But it's basically just a vehicle for Mamie Van Doren to wear skimpy outfits and dance around. A fair amount of fun and B-movie actors abound in this 50's teen exploitation pic. Mamie's role is a good bit different from her later 'Girls Town'; she's much more of an airhead in this one. Her popularity in the late 50's was enough to make this a minor hit for the studio.

Untamed Youth was condemned by the Catholic Legion for Decency. Which is somewhat amusing considering how tame this is by today's standards.

Also stars Lori Nelson as Mamie's sensible sister. Lori Nelson headlined quite a few B-flicks in the mid-50's.
½ June 28, 2009
At the beginning of the movie, one of the main characters states, "I haven't lost any respect!" I disagree, you have by doing this film.
½ March 25, 2009
This film is full of irritating singing scenes and nonsensical dialogue.
The premise is interesting, but the execution is terrible.
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