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Wild in the Country
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Writers:
Clifford Odets (screenplay)
J.R. Salamanca (novel)
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Release Date:
15 June 1961 (USA) See more »
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ELVIS PRESLEY sings of love to HOPE LANGE - TUESDAY WELD - MILLIE PERKINS (original ad - mostly caps) See more »
Plot:
A troubled young man discovers that he has a knack for writing when a counselor encourages him to pursue a literary career. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Elvis Presley ... Glenn Tyler

Hope Lange ... Irene Sperry

Tuesday Weld ... Noreen Braxton

Millie Perkins ... Betty Lee Parsons

Rafer Johnson ... Davis

John Ireland ... Phil Macy

Gary Lockwood ... Cliff Macy
William Mims ... Uncle Rolfe Braxton
Raymond Greenleaf ... Dr. Underwood
Christina Crawford ... Monica George
Robin Raymond ... Flossie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Arnt ... Mr. Parsons (uncredited)

Mark Bailey ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Mr. Spangler (uncredited)
Joe Butham ... Mr. Dace (uncredited)

Pat Buttram ... Mr. Longstreet (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Bartender (uncredited)
Linden Chiles ... Doctor (uncredited)
Will Corry ... Willie Dace (uncredited)
Ruby Goodwin ... Sarah (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man at Hospital Bazaar (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Juror (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Man at Coroner's Inquest (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Milk Bottle Bazaar Concessionaire (uncredited)
Doreen Lang ... Mrs. Parsons (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Conductor (uncredited)
Elisha Mott ... State Trooper (uncredited)

Alan Napier ... Prof. Joe B. Larson (uncredited)
Jack Orrison ... Dr. Creston (uncredited)
Jason Robards Sr. ... Judge Tom Parker (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Man at Hospital Bazaar (uncredited)
Harry Shannon ... Sam Tyler (uncredited)
Frankie Silver ... Woman in Booth (uncredited)

Red West ... Hank Tyler (uncredited)
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Directed by
Philip Dunne 
 
Writing credits
Clifford Odets (screenplay)

J.R. Salamanca (novel "The Lost Country")

Produced by
Peter Nelson .... associate producer
Jerry Wald .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kenyon Hopkins 
 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Donfeld  (as Don Feld)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Edward Woehler .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director
Harry Scott .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Homer Plannette .... gaffer (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Sharp .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
 
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114 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | 4-Track Stereo

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Trivia:
The song "Husky Dusky Day", sung in the movie by Elvis Presley and Hope Lange, was unreleased for years and appeared on an official record only in the 1990s.See more »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Simone Signoret and Elvis Presley!!??, 23 August 2002

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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