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The Cry Baby Killer -- US Home Video Extra (Clip) from Buena Vista Home Entertainment
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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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this rare find is completely watchable on one level, almost in spite of itself... See more (9 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)

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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cry-Baby (1990)See more »

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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
this rare find is completely watchable on one level, almost in spite of itself..., 1 March 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

You'd know why you'd want to find this film, as it's the ultra-low budget, barely-a-drive-in quickie that features the great Jack Nicholson in his feature debut at the tender age of 21 (he was a mailman at MGM in his previous years in Hollywood). He plays a youth out of control, though also under duress. He's taken a woman and kid hostage, and outside the crowd builds in anticipation as the cops struggle to find a compromise to get everyone safely out. The film is complete with a theme song that just repeats 'cry-cry-cry, cry-baby killer', and in a style that is as polished as a junkyard dog. The story itself, by the way, is told in a way that is so simplistic and with over-acting (or maybe too trying-to-be-realistic acting) that is typical of this kind of un-pretentiously kind of fare. '' But the reason in the end to reach into the recesses of ebay or elsewhere to find it is to see Nicholson in his early larval stage of a career, and somehow he does make the work fascinating to watch. Obviously not his best by a long-shot, and his first big break in the B-world would come later in Little Shop of Horrors and even later in Easy Rider. However I did like how he was keeping his scenes pretty well grounded, keeping to the situation at hand with all of the confusion and shattered rebellion that's in a youth of his real age. It's almost like checking out the Beatles when they were still the Quarry Men or something- it's not necessarily 'good', but you might be surprised at how it's not really bad either.

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