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Release Date:
9 July 1962 (Sweden) See more »
This is DARING seldom seen on the movie screen! This is DRAMA so powerful .. it stuns the senses! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Carroll Baker ... Mary Ann Robinson

Ralph Meeker ... Mike

Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Gates

Jean Stapleton ... Shirley Johnson

Martin Kosleck ... Landlord
Charles Watts ... Warren Gates

Clifton James ... Detective Bogart
George L. Smith ... Store Manager

Doris Roberts ... Mary Ann's Co-Worker
Ken Chapin ... Policeman
Anita Cooper ... Girl in 5 & 10
Ginny Baker ... Shopgirl
Tanya Lopert ... Shopgirl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nancy Baker ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Virginia Baker ... Girl in the 5 & 10 (uncredited)
Reid Cruickshanks ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Crowd (uncredited)
Mike Dana ... Gangster (uncredited)

Roger De Koven ... Bit Part (uncredited)

William Hickey ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Duke Howard ... Young Boy (uncredited)

Diane Ladd ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Warren Lyons ... College Student (uncredited)
Jane MacArthur ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Charles Matthews ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Logan Ramsey ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Peg Shirley ... Girl in 5 & 10 (uncredited)
Evelyn Wall ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Garfein 
Writing credits
Jack Garfein (screenplay) &
Alex Karmel (screenplay)

Alex Karmel (novel "Mary Ann")

Produced by
George Justin .... producer
Original Music by
Aaron Copland 
Cinematography by
Eugen Schüfftan (director of photography) (as Eugen Shuftan)
Film Editing by
Carl Lerner 
Casting by
Allan Dennis  (as Allen Dennis)
Art Direction by
Albert Brenner 
Richard Day 
Set Decoration by
Jack Wright Jr. 
Costume Design by
Frank L. Thompson 
Makeup Department
Herman Buchman .... makeup artist
Mary Roche .... hair stylist
Production Management
Steve Bono .... production supervisor
Jim Di Gangi .... production supervisor (as Jim DiGangi)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Di Gangi .... assistant director (as Jim DiGangi)
Angelo Laiacona .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound effects
Jim Shields .... sound (as James Shields)
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barr .... chief grip
David Golden .... chief electrician
Albert Taffet .... camera operator
Tom Volpe .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Florence Foy .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Hugh A. Robertson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Aaron Copland .... conductor
Transportation Department
Mickey Adley .... transportation
Other crew
Saul Bass .... title designer
Warren Lyons .... production assistant
Gordon Phillips .... dialogue supervisor
Robert Rosenblum .... production assistant
Betty Todd .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth Todd)

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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Carroll Baker says, "The production company wouldn't pay Aaron Copland's fee to do the score, so Jack (Garfein) and I paid him ourselves. I had to appear in two or three westerns after that just to make up the difference."See more »
Mrs. Gates:Mrs. Carter phoned. She wanted to know how you felt. I told her you were a little peaked, that's all. Anybody who calls, I tell 'em you're just a little bit down.
[raises window blind, looks outside]
Mrs. Gates:She said some more of those dirty people had moved in the next block. Honestly, I don't know what's going to happen to this neighborhood!
Mary Ann Robinson:Everyone is dirty!
Mrs. Gates:Eat some more! How can you expect to get well? I didn't mean to hurt anybody. Honestly, you can't even go out on the streets alone at night.
Mary Ann Robinson:[coldly] Why? What could happen?
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38 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Something Oddly Moving, 19 August 1998
Author: Eugene Kim ( from Arlington, Virginia, USA

An offbeat, oddly moving film in which Carroll Baker plays a young victim of rape. Although the crime goes unnamed in this 1961 movie, the pain and anguish suffered by Baker's character, Mary Ann, are candidly as well as sensitively handled. And while the film can only hint at Mary Ann's thoughts (unlike the book on which it was based), Baker gives a touching performance as the victim who tries to deny the crime by erasing all physical traces of it, and then seeking to lose herself in the jungle of New York City, only to find herself trapped in the apartment of a supposed Good Samaritan played by Ralph Meeker. The film's second half is weakened by the sketchiness of the characters' motivations, but the actors help to fill in the gaps. Legendary American composer Aaron Copland has added a grand (perhaps too grand) musical score; Eugen Schüfftan's crisp black & white cinematography and the extensive use of New York City locations add to this drama. Directed by Jack Garfein (Baker's then-husband), who co-wrote the script with Alex Karmel, author of the 1958 novel "Mary Ann."

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