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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

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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
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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
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Lt. Omar Stroud (as Todd Anderson)
Sherry O'Neil ...
Reba
John Bryant ...
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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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a side of life you never expected to see on the screen! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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23 March 1962 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Auf glühendem Pflaster  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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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

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 »

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

Soundtracks

Walk on the Wild Side
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Brook Benton
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MEEE-OOOWWWW, a potboiler in the best sense of the word featuring Elmer Bernstein's substantial music over a terrific title sequence by Saul Bass.
10 March 2004 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

This sleazy bit of melodrama, loosely based on a racy Nelson Algren book, is now dated kitsch; but can be enjoyed for what it is, thanks to the Hollywood team that put it all together. It's trashy intentions and heavyhanded delivery work in it's favor nowadays, so the brilliant Columbia DVD transfer is well worth checking out. The highlight of the movie is the Elmer Bernstein score; a masterwork with a life all it's own. The cast is a hoot: Barbara Stanwyck standing out as a lesbian brothel owner, a stiff dyke, hardly correct as a New Orleans Madame; Jane Fonda is a pouty, sultry slut, overdoing her overaged, nubile nymphette act; Laurence Harvey stretches all credibility as the good-boy Texas heartthrob searching for his lost love; an utterly miscast Capucine, playing an artsy, elegant whore-with-a-heart-of-gold; and Anne Baxter is quite humorous as a Mexican cafe owner. It's hard not to enjoy a movie with lead characters whose names are Dove and Kitty Twist, and a title song performed by Brook Benton with lyrics like: "Chances of goin' to Heaven, 6 to 1!".


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