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Abe Polsky (written by)
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Release Date:
March 1973 (USA) See more »
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Horror is his formula! See more »
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A social worker who recently lost her husband investigates the strange Wadsworth family. The Wadsworths... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anjanette Comer ... Ann Gentry

Ruth Roman ... Mrs. Wadsworth

Marianna Hill ... Germaine Wadsworth
Susanne Zenor ... Alba Wadsworth (as Suzanne Zenor)
Tod Andrews ... Doctor

Michael Pataki ... Dennis
Beatrice Manley ... Judith (as Beatrice Manley Blau)
Erin O'Reilly ... Babysitter
Don Mallon
Joseph Bernard
Virginia Vincent

David Mooney ... Baby (as David Manzy)
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Ted Post ... Dart player at birthday party (uncredited)

Directed by
Ted Post 
 
Writing credits
Abe Polsky (written by)

Produced by
Elliott Feinman .... executive producer
Ralph Hirsch .... executive producer
Abe Polsky .... producer
Milton Polsky .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
 
Cinematography by
Michael D. Margulies (director of photography) (as Michael Margulies)
 
Film Editing by
Bob Crawford Sr. 
Dick Wormell 
 
Makeup Department
Byrd Holland .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jesse Corallo .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesse Corallo .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Charles Chicetti .... props
Michael Devine .... set director
Stanley Dyrector .... painter: nursery paintings
 
Sound Department
Richard Greer .... sound effects
Robert L. Harman .... sound mixer (as Robert Harman)
William Markee .... boom man
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Lynch .... gaffer
Dixon Wimpy .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shirley Brewton .... wardrobe
Frances Dennis .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Brad Blake .... assistant editor
Andrew London .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music cutter (as John Caper)
Gerald Fried .... conductor
 
Other crew
Hazel W. Hall .... script supervisor (as Hazel Hall)
 
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84 min | Australia:89 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Norway:(Banned) (1973-2003) (cinema release) | UK:X | USA:PG

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David Mooney shaved his whole body for his role as Baby.See more »
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Germaine Wadsworth:You know, Scorpios really aren't cautious, just dangerous.See more »
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Pleasantly bent, 28 November 2001
Author: eminges from mission, ks

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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