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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 overview, first billed only:
Hallie Gerard
Kitty Tristram / Kitty Twist
Teresina Vidaverri
Jo Courtney
Miss Precious
Richard Rust ...
Schmidt / Courtney
Dockery (as Donald Barry)
Frank Bonito
Todd Armstrong ...
Lt. Omar Stroud (as Todd Anderson)
Sherry O'Neil ...
John Bryant ...


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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Release Date:

23 March 1962 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Auf glühendem Pflaster  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first Hollywood film to openly feature lesbianism. By appearing in the movie, Barbara Stanwyck became the first American actress to portray a lesbian character in a feature film. See more »


The jukebox in Teresina's diner is a Wurlitzer model 1015. The 1015 was a post-war model produced from 1946 through 1947 and would not have been seen in the Depression. See more »


Preacher: Jezebel! That's right, I mean you! Now both of you sinners are hurrying past.
Dove Linkhorn: You got no business with us mister.
Preacher: Oh, sinners is my business. You and that hip-slinging daughter of Satan. You know there's the smell of sulfur and brimstone about you. The smell of hellfire.
Dove Linkhorn: Who ordained preacher?
Preacher: I am self-ordained son; I had the call.
Dove Linkhorn: You were called by the wrong voice mister.
Preacher: Lord strike this sinner down. Send a bolt down to smite and consume the blasphemer now!
Dove Linkhorn: He won't hear you. Cause you no ...
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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 »


Referenced in The Cosby Show: Rudy's Walk on the Wild Side (1990) See more »


Walk on the Wild Side
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Brook Benton
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The Big Tease In The Big Easy
13 April 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

This film has a dynamite opening. A real life black cat prowls around a maze of pipes and fences, as Elmer Bernstein's jazzy musical score blares out the film's title song, a haunting invocation to low life everywhere.

Throughout, both the music and the B&W cinematography evoke a noirish, downbeat mood totally in sync with the film's theme of embittered sleaze. Although set in the 1930's, the film looks and sounds more like something from the hip, "beat" generation of the 1950's. And I'm comfortable with that.

What I'm not comfortable with is the casting and the screenplay. Lithuanian born Laurence Harvey is totally not convincing as a Texas tramp. French born Capucine, looking like she just walked in from the set of "La Dolce Vita", seems lost in the role of a Southern belle. A somewhat inexperienced Jane Fonda overacts the role of Kitty Twist. And American Anne Baxter, looking more like Suzanne Pleshette than Anne Baxter, plays a Mexican senorita, with the help of a big wig. Among the major roles, the only credible cast member is Barbara Stanwyck, as the bossy owner of the Doll House, your typical red light house of prostitution.

The film's red light title is a big tease. It advertises brothel life, but the screenplay delivers only boredom and preachy morality. But in 1962 the moralistic Hays Code still exerted influence on what Hollywood could say and show. The result here is a yellow light plot that merely hints at sleaze.

Forty years after its release, "Walk On The Wild Side" does have entertainment value, both as a curious period piece, and as a sudsy soap opera with some campy dialogue, helped along by the always engaging Barbara Stanwyck.

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