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Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 21 February 1962 (USA)
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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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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a side of life you never expected to see on the screen! See more »

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21 February 1962 (USA)  »

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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

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 »

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Walk on the Wild Side
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Brook Benton
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At Home with Stanwyck & Company! Come On In........
8 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Laurence Harvey is on a quest to find his true love. He couldn't leave his ailing father, so of course Capucine as Hallie wound up in a house of sin in New Orleans, headed by Barbara Stanwyck. Laurence befriends Jane Fonda along the way to find Hallie, and Jane takes an instant liking to him and does what she can to get his attention. One pit stop was at Anne Baxter's little diner and gas station.

All this sounds quite simple, but its treatment and style is such that you feel its down-in-the-dirt quality and you get the feeling it's a guilty pleasure in watching it. It also features Juanita Moore, from "Imitation of Life" with Lana Turner, and Joanna Moore (who was the mother of Tatum O'Neal) has a very memorable if somewhat brief role.

For all the great stars and talent in the making of this movie, the one person you really empathize the most for is Anne Baxter, who comes to feel something for Laurence Harvey. Everyone else, including Laurence and Jane, are portrayed as somewhat selfish and hard in their own way; in other words, these are not very likable people. Even Capucine, who the viewer is supposed to feel sorry for in her predicament, doesn't really emote enough feelings for the viewer to really care about her.

I know I seem to be giving it a hard time, but I give it an '8' for its entertainment value and presentation with some of the best actors of the time. Like always, Stanwyck is great, and Anne Baxter's accent is so natural, you see the character and not Anne, which is a testimony to her acting chops. So, walk on the wild side with Stanwyck & company.


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