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Release Date:
17 August 1958 (USA) See more »
YESTERDAY a Teenage Rebel... TODAY a mad-dog slayer!
Nicholson makes his film debut as a juvenile delinquent, who panics when he thinks he's committed murder. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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)

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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70 min | USA:75 min (director's cut) | 61 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Originally released on double-bill with "Hot Car Girl."See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cry-Baby (1990)See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Great Camp, 7 March 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Cry Baby Killer, The (1958)

*** (out of 4)

This is somewhat of a Holy Grail for me because I've been dying to see this flick since I became a fan of Jack Nicholson back in the late 80s. I've been pretty lucky to know people who own rare movies but not a single one ever had this film and in fact, I never he knew anyone who had actually seen it. In the film Nicholson (in his debut) plays a hot headed teen who is upset when the town's tough guy steals his girl. After being jumped, Nicholson gets ahold of a gun, kills the tough guy and then takes another man, a woman and her baby hostage. A tough as nails cop (Harry Lauter) tries to talk him out as the television station and onlookers gather outside. This moral/teenage flick is in the same vein as Rebel Without a Cause but it stands out due in large part to being Nicholson's debut. I wouldn't say he gives a good performance as he goes way too over the top in a few scenes but you can see certain trademarks that'll show up in some of his classic performances. The scenes with him screaming at the crying baby get some unintentional laughs as does a few other scenes but this just adds to the cult appeal. Since this film is on DVD now I'm sure it will become a cult classic of the Drive-In teenage films. Producer Roger Corman and screenwriter Leo Gordon have cameos.

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