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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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Morton Feldman was originally hired to compose the score, but was replaced by Aaron Copland.See more »
Mary Ann Robinson:What's happened has happened, Mother.See more »


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31 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Baby Doll Grows Up!, 23 August 2004
Author: dbonk from Surrey, B.C.

Actually, New York,New York is the real star of SOMETHING WILD. Carroll Baker is lovingly lit throughout the whole picture(thanks to Director and then husband Jack Garfein)amidst the alternate squalor and splendor of America's greatest city.

The brutal rape of Miss Baker's character within the first 5 minutes of the movie is depicted with surprising frankness for its time. One can almost smell the sweat of the predatory thug who, without saying a word, viciously violates her. This scene is all the more harrowing in that there is no music soundtrack provided. Yet another example that The Hays Code was becoming by 1961 an historical document not reflecting the current mood of what the North American movie public was indeed mature enough to view on the silver screen.

I really enjoyed the kitchen sink realism of this picture, from the cattiness of the girls at Woolworth's against fellow worker Miss Baker(Doris Roberts nails her part for all it's worth) to the good natured slovenliness of Jean Stapleton's next door neighbor in the tenement slum.

Ralph Meeker(every man's meat&potatoes actor)is Carroll Baker's 'knight in shining armor' in this movie. Rescuing Miss Baker from a leap into despair and the briny deep, he then proceeds to hold her captive in his castle,or in this case a barren basement bed and...bed. "Mike" is an auto mechanic and yet he has no phone,no radio, and just one light bulb that illuminates the entire room. However, away from the elbow grease of his job, "Mike" likes to spend his hard earned money bending his elbow at the neighborhood bar. We see the staggering evidence on more than one occasion and poor Carroll, already victimized earlier now has to confront yet another man turned beast.

Of particular notice is Carroll Baker's wardrobe throughout this flick. She wears light-colored dresses and matching white pumps which, with her soft, flowing blonde hair, enhances her already luminous presence on screen. This is all the more striking in black & white,particularly during the location shots along the sleazy store fronts of 42nd St. Only at the movie's end does she wear a dark print dress and jet black high heels. Likewise in BABY DOLL, Miss Baker wore white until the final reel,after her climactic encounter with Eli Wallach,in which she then donned a black dress.

Parallels may be drawn between the two movies, but SOMETHING WILD is as valid today as a subway token. Some days you are lucky to find a seat,while on others you better hold on to the overhanging strap.

Rate this *** out of **** stars.

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