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Director:
Writers:
Leo Gordon (screenplay)
Leo Gordon (story)
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Release Date:
17 August 1958 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
YESTERDAY a Teenage Rebel... TODAY a mad-dog slayer!
Plot:
Nicholson makes his film debut as a juvenile delinquent, who panics when he thinks he's committed murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A film that's a B movie classic, special because of legendary Jack's first screen appearance and well done at it's time from Roger Corman. See more (8 total) »

Cast

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Harry Lauter ... Police Lt. Porter

Jack Nicholson ... Jimmy Wallace
Carolyn Mitchell ... Carole Fields

Brett Halsey ... Manny Cole
Lynn Cartwright ... Julie
Ralph Reed ... Joey
John Shay ... Police Officer Gannon
Barbara Knudson ... Mrs. Maxton
William A. Forester ... Carl Maxton
John Weed ... Police Sgt. Reed
Frank Richards ... Pete Gambelli

Bill Erwin ... Mr. Wallace
James Fillmore ... Al
Smoki Whitfield ... Sam (as Jordan 'Smoki' Whitfield)

Ed Nelson ... Rick Connor

Mitzi McCall ... Evelyn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roger Corman ... Joe - TV Truck Man (uncredited)
Leo Gordon ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Claude Stroud ... Werner (uncredited)
Ruth Swanson ... Mrs. Wallace (uncredited)
Bruno VeSota ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... John Lawson - Gambelli's Lawyer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jus Addiss  (as Joe Addis)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leo Gordon  screenplay
Leo Gordon  story
Melvin Levy  writer

Produced by
Roger Corman .... executive producer
David Kramarsky .... producer
David March .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby 
 
Film Editing by
Irene Morra 
 
Art Direction by
Don Ament 
 
Makeup Department
David Newell .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Agnew .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Harry Reif .... set dressing
Richard M. Rubin .... property master
 
Sound Department
Philip Mitchell .... sound (as Phil Mitchell)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nelson Cordes .... camera operator
Charles Hannawalt .... key grip (as Charles Hanawalt)
John Millman .... gaffer
 
Music Department
Dick Kallman .... composer: song "Cry Baby Cry"
 
Other crew
Stanley Bickman .... assistant to producer
Bill Martin .... title designer
Donna M. Norridge .... script supervisor (as Donna Norridge)
 

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Runtime:
70 min | USA:75 min (director's cut)
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Roger Corman has claimed that this was the first film he released that didn't make money, although he subsequently earned his costs back by selling the television rights.See more »
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A film that's a B movie classic, special because of legendary Jack's first screen appearance and well done at it's time from Roger Corman., 11 January 2008
Author: Danny Blankenship from Petersburg, Virginia

After all these years it's finally a treat to watch this B film classic from 1958 "Cry Baby Killer". It's very special because it's Nicholson's first film appearance, and a must see for any die hard fans of Jack. The film is pretty low key and stays simple with it's plot and the acting is straight forward, and Nicholson does good work for a newcomer even though his voice and many words are spoken with a soft slow draw accent. At it's time Roger Corman really done this film short in time length, yet the concept and plot of 1958 was a little ahead of it's time with the hostage taking and media circus developing which would be so common in many later action and adventure films. Nicholson in his first film debut plays loner and rebel type teenager Jimmy Wallace who is defeated in a brawl with thugs resulting in his girl leaving him. Jack's character Jimmy like so many of his later anti-hero type characters develops the big chip on the shoulder and the feeling for macho acts takes place. Then Corman's direction pulls out all the drama and stops when Jimmy is next in a brawl he grabs for a gun panics and shoots, leading him to take cover in a storeroom with a mom and her baby setting up a long standoff! Good suspense for 1958 is added by showing police interrogation and media interviews and flashing cameras the type of circus film lovers would later so commonly see in the 80's and 90's. So the direction and plot line was for 1958 ahead of it's time, good job by Roger Corman. All in all nothing great, yet for a 1958 film the plot and acting is decently good and a real treat to see since it's Jack's first actual screen time a must see for Nicholson enthusiast.

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