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Wild in the Country (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 June 1961 (USA)
A troubled young man discovers that he has a knack for writing when a counselor encourages him to pursue a literary career.



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Cast overview:
Irene Sperry
Noreen Braxton
Betty Lee Parsons
Phil Macy
Cliff Macy
William Mims ...
Uncle Rolfe Braxton
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Dr. Underwood
Christina Crawford ...
Monica George


Glen Tyler (Elvis Presley) a down on his luck youth is sent to councilor Irene Sperry (Hope Lange) to begin battling his personal demons while under her tutelage a flair for writing emerges. Can She guide him down the right path or will her interference lead to his demise? Written by Conroys

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SINGING MAN...giving his heart to HOPE LANGE - TUESDAY WELD - MILLIE PERKINS (original ad - several caps) See more »




Not Rated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 June 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lonely Man  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)|


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ~7.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~7.4 seconds. See more »


Betty Lee Parsons: I have no intention of wasting sympathy on him.
Glenn Tyler: Sympathy is never wasted, Betty Lee. One way or another, you get it back, or so it says in the Book.
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In My Way
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Not just another Elvis vehicle
12 May 2005 | by (Reno, Nv) – See all my reviews

Funny thing. My local video store had this movie listed under "musicals". If there is one thing this picture is NOT, it is a musical. It is the one valid dramatic effort of Elvis' career, and easily the best picture he ever starred in. He sings exactly two musical numbers, both are fairly natural in sequences in the film. The first one early in the film while riding with sweetheart Millie Perkins (as Billie Lee) in a pickup truck. . . is a bit musical-ISH, if you will, in that it sort of comes out of a stylization contrivance of the film-makers. Yet it is very romantic and sweet. The other one is a serenade to Tuesday Weld (Noreen in the movie) that is very comfortably meshed in with this heartfelt story. Anyway, Elvis plays a young man, Glenn, who comes from a troubled past, evolving from country roots that were wild and unsettled between his father and mother. His father was a lazy good for nothing. His mother, who died in his childhood, is depicted as having been a good hearted woman. So Glenn gets in trouble with the law when he nearly kills his brother in a fight. His father wants him to go to jail, but a compassionate parole board, advised by psychiatrist Irene Sperry (Hope Lange) allows him one more chance with his uncle, where he helps with his uncle's distillery. His uncle has a daughter, Noreen, who has a child but no husband,(wonderfully played by Tuesday Weld) who is kind of wild like Glenn (but also tender hearted). In a complicated plot Glenn has both Noreen and Billie Lee to consider. Millie Perkins, as Billie Lee, is also quite inspiring and sweet. Eventually, as Glenn gets in more and more trouble, he ends up falling for the psychiatrist widow Sperry, and at that point he has more women troubles than any man SHOULD have. . . .BUT. . .it's all good. He gets discovered by the psychiatrist for his natural talent, WRITING! Believe me, the troubles this guy has. . . all of us guys would like to be burdened with. Some of the beautiful scenery from the Smokey mountains in Tennessee is quite stunning. Also, I really enjoyed the natural quality that can never be found nowadays in period pieces from the same era (1961). The cars are distinctly authentic, for instance, not all pristine conditioned masterpieces. I give this movie all 10 stars just from the sweet effort given by cast and film makers to NOT make just another money making Elvis vehicle, but a compassionate dramatic tale of moral strength and sweetness.

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