Untamed Youth

Untamed Youth is a 1957 American teen 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.

Untamed Youth
Original theatrical release poster
Directed byHoward W. Koch
Written by
  • John C. Higgins
  • Stephen Longstreet
Produced byAubrey Schenck
CinematographyCarl E. Guthrie
Edited byJohn F. Schreyer
Music byLes Baxter
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • March 10, 1957 (1957-03-10)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


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; 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 and allowing him to undercut all competition he faces. The judge's son falls in love with Jane, while Penny, who performs four songs in the film, dreams of making it big in show business. One of the girls- named Baby- at one point falls ill, leaving the judge's son to hijack one of Tropp's cars to rush her to a hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, Baby ends up passing away from internal hemorrhaging caused by a miscarriage unknownst to everyone beforehand. The film features Eddie Cochran as Bong, one of the prisoners in the camp, who performs a song onscreen.



According to a reviewer for the New York Times who saw 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."[1] Decades later, the film was featured on an early episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and an updated livestream version in 2021 during Joel Hodgeson's Make More MST3K campaign on Kickstarter featuring 4 generations of Tom Servo performers.[2]


Mystery Science Theater 3000