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Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 23 March 1962 (Italy)
At the Doll House, a 1930's New Orleans bordello, Hallie is the main attraction both for clients and for Jo, the madame. Her comfortable if tedious life is disrupted by the arrival in town ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hallie Gerard
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Kitty Tristram / Kitty Twist
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Teresina Vidaverri
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Jo Courtney
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Miss Precious
Richard Rust ...
Oliver
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Schmidt / Courtney
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Dockery (as Donald Barry)
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Mama
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Preacher
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Frank Bonito
Todd Armstrong ...
Lt. Omar Stroud (as Todd Anderson)
Sherry O'Neil ...
Reba
John Bryant ...
Spence
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At the Doll House, a 1930's New Orleans bordello, Hallie is the main attraction both for clients and for Jo, the madame. Her comfortable if tedious life is disrupted by the arrival in town of Dove Linkhorn, her true love of three years before who is now searching for her. When Linkhorn learns the truth of her profession he triggers a chain of events involving a number of people, including the young Kitty with whom he travelled from Texas and who is now the Doll House newest recruit. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Drama | Romance

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23 March 1962 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Auf glühendem Pflaster  »

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Trivia

During the filming, Capucine objected to filming kissing scenes with Laurence Harvey, feeling that he was not manly enough for her. Harvey reportedly replied, "Perhaps if you were more of a woman, I would be more of a man. Honey, kissing you is like kissing the side of a beer bottle." See more »

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Dove arranges to meet Hallie "the day after tomorrow." But when they meet, he says, "You look different, even since yesterday." See more »

Quotes

Dove Linkhorn: What are you doing here, Kit?
Kitty Twist: I run the candy concession.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits are shown over a background of a newspaper showing the doll house crowd convictions, then we follow a black cat as it walks over the newspaper and farther down the street. See more »

Connections

Referenced in One World: A Walk on the Wild Side (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Walk on the Wild Side
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Brook Benton
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Love for sale in New Orleans...
27 June 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Laurence Harvey is terrific as a penniless Texas cowboy who hitches his way to New Orleans in the 1930s in search of a lost summer love, a French artist who--unbeknownst to him--is now working at a bordello; Barbara Stanwyck is the madame at the Doll House, married to a crippled tough but with heavy lesbian leanings towards Capucine, the girl who broke Harvey's heart; Jane Fonda is pretty good as a teen tramp who also ends up working for Stanwyck, and Anne Baxter is a proprietress of a diner who takes Harvey in. Though based on a novel by Nelson Algren, this screenplay sometimes plays like sub-Tennessee Williams, with the rather laughable story-conceit that New Orleans was just another small town in the '30s (walk up the street and you've seen it all!). Capucine, haughty and breathless, matches up well with Harvey, and her run-ins with benefactor Stanwyck are heated, but those hoping for some crackling gay subtext will be disappointed (Barbara's inclinations aren't hypothetical, but she's hardly out of the closet). There are some good, fruity lines of tough-talking dialogue, and more sentimental moments that have surprising resonance (as when Baxter says, "Why can't two people care about each other...without the world making it dirty?"). Of course it's Hollywood-ized, with a camp score by Elmer Bernstein and Joanna Moore as the resident good-hearted tootsie who gets taken for granted. But Fonda has a great scene near the end when she helps Capucine out of a jam, and Harvey makes a big impression on the audience without overdoing or overstating his sleek handsomeness. *** from ****


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