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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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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
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 »
Ann Gentry:When was the last time Baby was examined by a psychologist? Psychological tests to determine his mental range and physical reactions?
Germaine Wadsworth:He had all those tests when he was a baby.
Ann Gentry:But he must've had more tests since then.
Germaine Wadsworth:No, there didn't seem to be any reason for it. Why?
Ann Gentry:Nothing in particular, just a thought.
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Oh Baby!, 22 March 2006
Author: brefane from United States

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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