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Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  21 February 1962 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hallie Gerard
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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
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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THIS IS AN ADULT PICTURE! Parents should exercise discretion in permitting the immature to see it. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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21 February 1962 (USA)  »

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Auf glühendem Pflaster  »

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Trivia

Several contemporary reviewers mentioned that, although the film was set in the 1930s, Capucine seemed to be wearing contemporary (1962) fashions. Director Edward Dmytryk stated that it was because she was the "protege" of producer Charles K. Feldman, who decreed that, despite the film's 1930s setting, she would be dressed in the latest Pierre Cardin designs. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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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 »

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Edited into Bass on Titles (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere in the Used to Be
(uncredited)
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Brook Benton
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Fun trash
24 February 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1930s New Orleand Texan Laurence Harvey (!!) finds one time lover Capucine (!!!) working in a bordello. He wants to take her away, but the bordello's lesbian madam, Barbara Stanwyck wants Capucine for herself. Then there's Jane Fonda as a real wild girl...

Film starts off with a great title sequence that perfectly sets the tone of the film--loud, brassy and dirty. This was probably considered pretty controversial it its time (in fact it's never made totally clear than Stanwyck is a lesbian, but there are hints all over the place), but it's a camp classic now. It's sleazy but lots on fun with tons of campy dialogue to spare. Apparantely this film had a very whimsical casting director--Harvey (an English actor) and Capucine (a French actress) play Texans and Anne Baxter (in a black fright wig) is a Mexican!

The acting varies--Harvey is just OK with a credible Texas accent; Fonda is really great projecting raw sexuality; Capucine is beautiful but wooden; Stanwyck chews the scenery in a very amusing way and Baxter turns in a very moving and great performance.

Lots of fun with the right crowd--I saw it years ago with a gay and lesbian crowd and we laughed all the way through it!


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