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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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Alba Wadsworth (as Suzanne Zenor)
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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, 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 <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Ann Gentry: What about the family income?
Mrs. Wadsworth: Just what the county gives us for Baby.
Ann Gentry: Your daughters, are they employed?
Mrs. Wadsworth: Are my daughters... no, they help out the best they can, but it doesn't come to too much. Alba gives tennis lessons in the afternoon and Jermaine...
Germaine Wadsworth: Once in a while I do a TV commercial.
Mrs. Wadsworth: Sometimes I don't know how we make ends meet, but we always seem to manage.
Ann Gentry: Isn't there any money from your husband's pension? Or his social security?
Mrs. Wadsworth: Why no, how could there be?
Germaine Wadsworth: [laughs] She thinks he's dead...
Mrs. Wadsworth: [...]
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Pleasantly bent
28 November 2001 | by (mission, ks) – See all my reviews

The Baby joins a select club of really flaky little films from the poofy-hair-on-guys era, early 70's to early 80's; the best of these was Night Warning, William Shatner's wigged-out Impulse is another, the MST'd Touch of Satan is another. The Baby and Impulse even share the services of the wondrous Ruth Roman, who in The Baby looks more than ever like Victor Mature in full drag. All these feature somebody driving around in a Dodge Dart or a Maverick and plot twists that make you ask, "What were these people ON?"

Ted Post was already in his late fifties when he did The Baby, so the lame direction can't be written off as a young director learning his craft. It just plain sucks. Anjanette Comer stands around screeching and flapping her hands for emphasis like she's at a community-theater audition; it's hard to see any of the luminescent Aimee Thanatogenos from The Loved One, just eight years before. And Baby is a hoot - this was pretty much the entire career of the hard-working young actor trying to make us believe he's a teenager operating at a 9-month-old level, but somebody decided to dub in the sounds of a real baby coming from his adult voice-box, and you don't buy the bit for five seconds.

But there's just enough here to make it worthwhile to stick it out for the snapper ending. Anybody who says they guessed where this was going is lying like a red dog. It's no Night Warning, but if you've seen Night Warning and you need another sip from the same bucket, it'll do.


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