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The Baby -- One of the most disturbing movies in Hollywood history: Anjanette Comer stars as an L.A. County social worker who investigates the case of Mrs. Wadsworth;her two buxom daughters;and son "Baby," a mentally-disabled man who sleeps in a crib;eats in a high-chair;crawls;and wears diapers. But what secrets of unnatural attachment and sexual obsession are all of these women hiding?
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Release Date:
March 1973 (USA) 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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  (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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

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)
Crew believed to be complete

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84 min | Australia:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Norway:(Banned) (1973-2003) (cinema release) | UK:X | USA:PG

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Director Cameo: [Ted Post]Dart player at birthday party.See more »
Doctor:What's your special interest in this case?
Ann Gentry:Can you think of anything more horrible than being buried alive? Well that's what's happened to this client. He's been imprisoned by a kind of sick love. He's a normal full grown man, trapped with no way out.
Doctor:There's something here I don't understand. If he isn't seriously retarded, then how do you account for the fact that he can't walk, talk?
Ann Gentry:Negative reinforcement, some kind of consistent punishment to discourage him from normal learning.
Doctor:That's a pretty serious charge.
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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Morbid, perverse and fascinating, 30 July 1999

This is a bizarre piece of southern gothic. It's a movie full of bright primary colors and very over-the-top performances. I can't really figure out what it's really about but it's fascinating, morbid, perverse and has one of the most shocking twists at the end of it.

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