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The Wild One (1953)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  February 1954 (USA)
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Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

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Johnny Strabler / Narrator
Mary Murphy ...
Kathie Bleeker
Robert Keith ...
Sheriff Harry Bleeker
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Chino
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Sheriff Stew Singer
Peggy Maley ...
Mildred
Hugh Sanders ...
Charlie Thomas
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Frank Bleeker
John Brown ...
Bill Hannegan
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Art Kleiner
Robert Osterloh ...
Ben
William Vedder ...
Jimmy
Yvonne Doughty ...
Britches
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Storyline

Cop-hating Johnny Strabler is recounting the fateful events that led up to the "whole mess" as he calls it, his role in the mess and whether he could have stopped it from happening. The Black Rebels, a motorcycle gang of which Johnny is the leader, cause a ruckus using intimidation wherever they go, with their actions bordering on the unlawful. On the day of the mess, they invade a motorcycle racing event, at which they cause a general disturbance culminating with one of the gang members stealing a second place trophy to give to Johnny. Despite not being the larger winning trophy, it symbolizes to Johnny his leadership within the group. Their next stop is a small town where their disturbance and intimidation tactics continue. Some in town don't mind their arrival as long as they spend money. Harry Bleeker, the local sheriff, doesn't much like them but is so ineffective and weak that he doesn't do anything to stop them, much to the annoyance of some of the other townsfolk, who see the ... Written by Huggo

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Hot feelings hit terrifying heights in a story that really boils over! See more »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

San Francisco Hell's Angels chapter president Frank Sadilek bought the striped shirt that Lee Marvin wore in the movie, and wore it when meeting police officials. See more »

Goofs

At completion of opening credits when the view switches to the wide shot of the pack preparing to make a left turn, the lead bike (Johnny)already has the trophy tied to the headlight. Johnny isn't presented with the stolen trophy until a later scene at the races. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Singer: I don't get you. I don't get your act at all, and I don't think you do either. I don't think you know what you're trying to do or how to go about it. I think you're stupid. Real stupid and real lucky. Last night you scraped by, just barely; but a man's dead on account of something you let get started even though you didn't start it.
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Referenced in Alice: The Wild One (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Chino
Music by Leith Stevens
Shorty Rogers and his Orchestra:
Shorty Rogers, Conrad Gozzo, Ray Linn, Maynard Ferguson, Thomas Reeves - trumptes; Harry Betts, Bob Enevoldsen, Jimmy Kneeper - trombone; Bud Shank, Herb Geller - alto sax; Willis Holman, William Perkins - tenor sax; Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper - alto sax; John Christian Graas - French horn; Paul Sarmento - tuba; Russ Freeman - piano; Joe Mondragon - bass; Shelly Manne - drums.
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10 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Marlon Brando's leather jacket is the star of this dated vehicle, a movie which has aged terribly. His biker outfit has become a symbol of rebellion, but the movie behind the costume doesn't have much going for it. None of the bikers in this picture seem particularly menacing. The gangs in "West Side Story" are probably more cause for concern. Seriously, how can you be bothered by a gang of bikers which includes Mr. Kimball from "Green Acres" fame?


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