Wild in the Country (1961)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  15 June 1961 (USA)
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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:
Glenn Tyler
Irene Sperry
Noreen Braxton
Betty Lee Parsons
Phil Macy
Cliff Macy
William Mims ...
Uncle Rolfe Braxton
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Dr. Underwood
Christina Crawford ...
Monica George
Robin Raymond ...


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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ELVIS PRESLEY sings of love to HOPE LANGE - TUESDAY WELD - MILLIE PERKINS (original ad - mostly caps) See more »




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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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Glenn Tyler: You'd think I set a blow torch to the American flag. What's a man for if he can't aim high, ma'am?
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Simone Signoret and Elvis Presley!!??

Elvis Presley as a hell-raising juvenile delinquent? I don't think so. That's what `Wild in the Country' would have us believe, but in reality he's the only honest and decent male in the movie. He plays a misunderstood young man from a poor white trash background who is sent to a psychologist as part of his parole after he gets into trouble (which he often does through no real fault of his own, naturally). Hope Lange plays the `older woman,' who discovers a budding literary talent in her charge. However, according to director Philip Dunne's memoirs the part was originally offered to Simone Signoret (!). Contemplating this pairing is more exciting than anything that happens in this movie. Miss Lange gives it a good try, but she was only about 3 years older than Elvis. Signoret would have made a man out of him in no time! This was supposed to be Presley's big dramatic breakthrough in a non-singing role, but according to Dunne, the bosses at Fox insisted upon interpolating songs. The movie also suffers from the Production Code censorship of the time (no actual going to bed with Lange, thank you), and Elvis was too nice to be really bad. Considering all the strikes against it, it's surprising that `Country' is still as watchable as it is. Presley is as good as he's allowed to be, and Tuesday Weld also spices things up as the requisite `bad girl' who tempts him. Call this one a `bad movie to love.'

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