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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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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 »
Plot:
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)
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)
 
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Runtime:
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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Trivia:
This was Tod Andrews's final film before his death on November 7, 1972 at the age of 57. He died seven months before the film's release.See more »
Quotes:
Ann Gentry:Mrs. Wadsworth, if I could convince you that Baby is capable of growth and development, you wouldn't stand in his way, would you?
Mrs. Wadsworth:Of course not, what mother would?
Ann Gentry:Well then I think you should consider putting Baby into a special clinic for the retarded.
Mrs. Wadsworth:Clinic? You mean like a hospital?
Ann Gentry:Oh no, not like a hospital. It's a day clinic, more like a school, where Baby could be with other people like himself, it's really the best way, maybe the only way.
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Bizarre Enough to Hold Your Attention, 3 September 2001
Author: richard winters (rwint) from Chicago, Illinois

Bizarre, truly twisted tale of a mother who keeps her grown son in a perpetual infant state. Conflict arises when a social worker tries to intervene. Very low budget and flatly photographed yet it's offbeat enough to keep you going all the way to it's twist ending. There are not too many roles requiring grown men to wear diapers, sleep in a crib, and cry, but if there were Manzy would most certainly win the award. Hill and Zenor, as the two daughters, are sexy enough to create some diversion. Roman and Comer make good adversaries, which they play to the hilt!!

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