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Director:
Writers:
Nelson Algren (novel)
John Fante (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
21 February 1962 (USA) See more »
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a new kind of love story starring ... See more »
Plot:
At the Doll House, a 1930's New Orleans bordello, Hallie is the main attraction both for clients and for Jo... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Laurence Harvey ... Dove Linkhorn

Capucine ... Hallie Gerard

Jane Fonda ... Kitty Tristram / Kitty Twist

Anne Baxter ... Teresina Vidaverri

Barbara Stanwyck ... Jo Courtney

Joanna Moore ... Miss Precious
Richard Rust ... Oliver

Karl Swenson ... Schmidt / Courtney

Don 'Red' Barry ... Dockery (as Donald Barry)

Juanita Moore ... Mama

John Anderson ... Preacher

Ken Lynch ... Frank Bonito
Todd Armstrong ... Lt. Omar Stroud (as Todd Anderson)
Sherry O'Neil ... Reba
John Bryant ... Spence
Kathryn Card ... Landlady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lillian Bronson ... Amy Gerard (scenes deleted)
Ted Jacques ... Sheriff (scenes deleted)
Chester Jones ... Black Waiter (scenes deleted)
Adrienne Marden ... Eva Gerard (scenes deleted)
Paul Maxey ... Auctioneer (scenes deleted)
Joni Beth Morris ... Little Girl (scenes deleted)
Bill Walker ... Black Man (scenes deleted)
Murray Alper ... Diner in Teresina's Cafe (uncredited)
Steve Benton ... 2nd Van Driver (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Guard in Teresina's Cafe (uncredited)
Cordy Clark ... Grocery Shop Attendant (uncredited)
Crahan Denton ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Man Listening to Speech (uncredited)
Barbara Hines ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Virginia Holden ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood ... Doctor in Teresina's Café (uncredited)
Edward Mallory ... Gentleman with Hallie (uncredited)
Elaine Martone ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Miss Masters ... Tony (uncredited)

Patricia Tiernan ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Ray Walker ... Salesman in Teresina's Cafe (uncredited)
Willard Waterman ... Man Listening to Speech (uncredited)
Florence Wyatt ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
 
Writing credits
Nelson Algren (novel "A Walk on the Wild Side")

John Fante (screenplay) and
Edmund Morris (screenplay)

Raphael Hayes  uncredited
Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Charles K. Feldman .... presentation producer
Charles K. Feldman .... producer
Joseph Lebworth .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald (director of photography) (as Joe MacDonald)
 
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad  (as Harry Gerstad)
 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire  (as Charles LeMaire)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Ben Nye .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Floyd Joyer .... assistant director
Blake Edwards .... director: additional scenes (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Saul Bass .... title designer
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Stocker Fontelieu .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Brook Benton .... vocals
Elmer Bernstein .... songs
Mack David .... songs
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Jack Dumont .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Blake Edwards .... director: additional scenes (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
114 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 friend of God or man - standing there hollering hate to the world. God is love. God is mercy and forgiveness. Try preaching that sometime Mr. Preacher. Teach people to forgive, not to crawl in fear. Teach people to love, not hate. preach the good book - preach the truth.
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Old style meller trying to bust out of its Production Code corset., 29 June 2007
Author: Boomer-51 from Bradenton, FL, USA

This film is strangely reminiscent of Pre-Code Barbara Stanwyck pictures like 'Baby Face' or 'Women They Talk About.' But, what makes the film so much fun is its marvelously fractured casting. It's rumored that the film owes its existence to Capucine. Charles Feldman, the talent agent, mounted the production to showcase his protégée and (some say) girlfriend. She's quite a beauty, but what makes her performance so remarkable is that she's totally oblivious to the fact that she doesn't belong in this film.

Laurence Harvey has the Southern accent down. And, as for Jane Fonda, this was the one break in her endless string of coy sex kitten roles from the sixties where she proves she can act. Some say she overdoes it, but I think she provides the real spice in this film.

In the midst of this batch of newcomers hobbled together from around the world (although they're all playing indigenous Southerners) are two pros trained in the old Hollywood studios. This is hardly a high point for Barbara Stanwyck. But, she proves that you can put her down anywhere - in a screwball comedy, a tearjerker, a hard-boiled film noir, or a TV western - and she can hold her own.

Anne Baxter acquits herself well in the thankless task of playing a humble Mexican. Probably less well known for her accomplishments than Stanwyck, she won an Oscar for playing one of the greatest dramatic arcs given to an actress in the forties in "The Razor's Edge." These two pros give some dignity to a film that easily could have degenerated in to laughable kitsch.

This film is notorious for its overt portrayal of a lesbian character. But, it actually has a more interesting gay connection. Fonda, against the prohibition of director Edward Dymyrik, was secretly being coached in her dressing room by her 'secretary' and live-in boyfriend Andreas Voutsinas. Six years later, he would set a new benchmark for outrageous mincing queens as Carmen Ghia in Mel Brooks' "The Producers."

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