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Release Date:
22 December 1955 (USA) See more »
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Not ONE WORD is spoken on the screen!
Plot:
This film, with no dialogue at all, follows a psychotic young woman's nightmarish experiences through one skid-row night. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Adrienne Barrett ... The Gamin
Bruno VeSota ... Rich Man (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Ben Roseman ... Law Enforcer / Father
Richard Barron ... Evil One
Ed Hinkle ... Butler (as Edward Hinkle)
Lucille Rowland ... Mother (as Lucille Howland)
Jebbie VeSota ... Flower Girl (as Jebbie Ve Sota)
Faith Parker ... Nightclub Dancer
Gayne Sullivan ... Wino

Shorty Rogers ... Himself (as Shorty Rogers and His Giants)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Shelley Berman ... Stoned Beatnik (uncredited)
Jonathan Haze ... Character (uncredited)

Ed McMahon ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Newsboy (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Parker (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Parker  original screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
John Parker .... producer
Ben Roseman .... associate producer
Bruno VeSota .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
George Antheil 
 
Cinematography by
William C. Thompson 
 
Film Editing by
Joseph Gluck 
 
Production Design by
Ben Roseman 
 
Sound Department
Buddy Myers .... sound
Michael Pozen .... sound effects editor (as Mike Pozen)
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Simpson .... special photographic effects
 
Music Department
Ernest Gold .... musical director
Marni Nixon .... singer: featured voice
Shorty Rogers .... musician: new concepts in modern sounds (as Shorty Rogers and His Giants)
Ernest Gold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Everett Baker .... technical production associate
Eddie Dutko .... production assistant (as Edward Dutko)
Albert Duval .... technical production associate
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Daughter of Horror" - USA (recut version)
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Runtime:
56 min | USA:61 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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The flower girl was played by Jebbie VeSota. She was married to Bruno VeSota who played the "rich man" and was also the associate producer of this film.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:I have so much to show you. So much that you are afraid to see. Come, let me take you by the arm and show you the bed of evil you sprang from. Let me take you back, to when you were a little girl. Let me show you... your father.
[Flashback scene of The Gamine's father]
Narrator:Let me show you... your mother.
[Flashback scene of The Gamine's mother]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Daughter of Fear (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wig AlleySee more »

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27 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
you have never seen anything like this before, 31 May 2001
Author: chrispi-2 from Los Angeles

This is one of the best and most intelligent films ever--although I don't think I'll be seeing it again anytime soon. I have never been so assaulted emotionally, psychologically, and intellectually by a movie. If you are looking for a fun and scary horror movie--this is NOT what you are looking for. This film is very disturbing. It is not gory, or overly graphic, just disturbing. The aesthetics of the film stretch back to early German Expressionism to 70s psychedelia. It is a bizarre mix of many things, most of which work perfectly. As you watch it, it's very easy to start judging the movie and go "Oh God, it's doing this or that". There are definately times when the movie borders on badness. But it is always one step ahead of itself, and one step ahead of you, and one step ahead of any other movie I have ever seen. The things the director does are amazing--he does things that were so ahead of his time.

The portrait of the main character is amazing. I've never felt so close to a character who completely freaked me out, as I did to her. She is SCARY--and so human in a wierd way. And that's why this movie was so good. It is not a black and white horror movie. It's not a slasher flick. It is definately trying to tell you something. Whether the final message is feminist or sexist is up for debate. This film is so well done that it's hard to tell whether it's being purposeful or exploitative. It's pointless to write more. You just have to see it.

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