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Something Wild (1961)

A young rape victim tries desperately to pick up the pieces of her life, only to find herself at the mercy of a would-be rescuer.



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Cast overview:
Mary Ann Robinson
Shirley Johnson
Charles Watts ...
Warren Gates
Detective Bogart
George L. Smith ...
Store Manager
Mary Ann's Co-Worker
Ken Chapin ...
Anita Cooper ...
Girl in 5 & 10
Ginny Baker ...
Tanya Lopert ...


Mary Ann Robinson, a young woman living in The Bronx, New York, with her neurotic, overbearing mother and kindly but ineffectual stepfather, is raped while walking home one night. Keeping the attack to herself, Mary Ann runs away, seeking to lose herself in Manhattan by renting a seedy flat and taking a job in a dime store. Overwhelmed by people's hostility and her own despair, Mary Ann tries to jump off the Manhattan Bridge, only to be stopped by Mike, a garage mechanic who takes her back to his modest basement apartment nearby. At first appreciative of Mike's kindness, Mary Ann becomes terrified when he refuses to let her leave. Is Mike really Mary Ann's rescuer - or is he another rapist? Written by Eugene Kim <gene_kim@earthlink.net>

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CARROLL BAKER and SHOCK after SHOCK after SHOCK... See more »




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9 July 1962 (Sweden)  »

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Something Wild in the City  »

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Carroll Baker was married to director Jack Garfein at the time they made this film (they divorced in 1969). See more »


Mike: You're getting thinner all the time. You look like a ghost.
Mary Ann Robinson: If I went out sometimes I'd be less pale.
Mike: Sometimes I think you're hopeless.
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I can't get this film out of my mind.
4 February 2003 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Believe it or not, my mother took me to the drive in to see this movie with her in the early 60's. At the time the drive-in was the place to go to cool off during family arguments or in times of extreme boredom. I was only about 10 at the time, but now 40 years later I still remember this film, and researched IMDB to find it again. I have not seen a recent copy, and understand that it is not available for purchase, but I think it would be a fine addition to classic black and white film history, so I hope it is re-released on video or DVD. Even as a young girl I was haunted by Carole Baker's character, not understanding exactly what had happened to her, but realizing that the love she developed with Ralph Meeker was somehow sad, but sweet and deeply emotional at the same time. I remember how desolate the character of Ralph Meeker was, and his apartment reflected this barren soul. They were two people who hurt desperately, and could only relieve their pain by coming together and sharing their emotionally tortured souls. I recommend you watch this movie if you get a chance.

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