The rare silent film The Untameable,Directed by Herbert Blaché, perhaps best known today as the husband of pioneering female director Alice Guy Blaché a melodrama billed as "The Most Shocking Film of 1923!" will be screened at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2008, at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles. Then popular movie actress Gladys Walton stars.
Long before Nunnally Johnson's 1957 drama The Three Faces of Eve earned Joanne Woodward a Best Actress Academy Award, The Untameable tackled the "sensational" (and shocking!) issue of split personality disorder. Directed by Herbert Blaché, perhaps best known today as the husband of pioneering female director Alice Guy Blaché, and adapted by Hugh Hoffman from Gelett Burgess' novel, The Untameable stars Gladys Walton in the dual role of Joy and her sadistic alter-ego Edna.
Long before Joanne Woodward there was Gladys Walton
According to information found in the press release for The Untameable, "the dual role of Joy/Edna was Gladys Walton's most challenging up to that time … Edna is a whip-toting brute who dresses in leopard skins and flogs the Oriental maid with whom she lives in a relationship with strong lesbian elements. Miss Walton portrays this bizarre sadist in a manner shocking to even the most brazen flapper of 1923 … The Untameable is an astonishing film, and it is safe to say (at the least) that you have never seen anything else like it!"
Also featured in The Untameable are handsome 1920s leading man Malcolm McGregor, John St. Polis, and Etta Lee.
'The Most Shocking Film of 1923!'