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The Baby (1973)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  March 1973 (USA)
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A social worker who recently lost her husband investigates the strange Wadsworth family. The Wadsworths might not seem too unusual to hear about them at first - consisting of the mother, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Ann Gentry
Mrs. Wadsworth
Germaine Wadsworth
Susanne Zenor ...
Alba Wadsworth (as Suzanne Zenor)
Tod Andrews ...
Beatrice Manley ...
Judith (as Beatrice Manley Blau)
Erin O'Reilly
Don Mallon
Joseph Bernard
Virginia Vincent
Baby (as David Manzy)


A social worker who recently lost her husband investigates the strange Wadsworth family. The Wadsworths might not seem too unusual to hear about them at first - consisting of the mother, two grown daughters and the diaper-clad, bottle-sucking baby. The problem is, the baby is twenty-one years old. Written by Brian J. Wright <>

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There shall be mayhem wherever he goes! See more »


Horror | Thriller


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David Mooney observed children with mental retardation in special schools to research his role as Baby. See more »


Ann Gentry: I only thought...
Mrs. Wadsworth: Maybe you think too much. When it comes to Baby, I do all the thinking.
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Oh Baby!
22 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Worthwhile,off beat, modern Gothic tale centering on a dysfunctional family that emasculates the only male in the family by keeping him a baby:even though he is fully grown. And lucky "Baby", all the women in the film want him for their own reasons. An unusual premise, with effective performances, efficient direction, and good use of location makes for an enjoyably twisted B movie. The movie drags a bit toward the end, and begins to seem a bit thin but, it remains compelling. A real find on budget DVD.

Comer is well-cast in the lead and Roman's performance is classic. As Roman's daughters, cult figure Marianna Hill (Red Line 7000,Medium Cool, High Plains Drifter,Dead People) and Suzanne Zenor are convincingly creepy. And did I mention Beatrice Manley Blau as Comer's mother-in-law? Now, she's scary!

Slick and sick little film that ends with a nice twist. Shelved by the studio;than given a limited theatrical release. A bit difficult to categorize but, definitely worth seeking out. The DVD, regrettably, has no extras but, the transfer looks good.

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