A novel by Fannie Hurst was tailored to the talents of Gloria Swanson in The Untamed Lady. La Swanson plays St.Clair Van Tassell, a spoiled-rotten millionairess. After several outrageous examples of wealth-flaunting, St. Clair's new husband Larry Gastien vows to "tame" her. This he does by refusing to cowtow to her tantrums and forcing her to take responsibility for the damage that she has selfishly wrought on others. And waddya know? She likes this treatment, emerging as a good and dutiful wife by film's end (Of course, it helps that she's tormented by guilt after causing serious injury to Larry in an auto accident). The trade magazine Variety summed up the overfamiliar plot of Untamed Lady thusly: "As true as Heinz has 57 kinds, so has Miss Swanson done 27 of these things."
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