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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

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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
Don Mallon
Joseph Bernard
Virginia Vincent

David Mooney ... Baby (as David Manzy)
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Ted Post ... Dart player at birthday party (uncredited)
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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
 
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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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Director Cameo: [Ted Post]Dart player at birthday party.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Fulley:Ann, I'm not asking you to drop it, just pull back, compromise.
Ann Gentry:Mr. Fulley, this case is full of compromise, and indifference, and criminal negligence, and we're responsible.
Mr. Fulley:Ann, you exaggerate. Other workers have put time in on this case and they've come up with no significant results.
Ann Gentry:None of those other workers spent enough time on the case to accomplish anything.
Mr. Fulley:That's not true, one did, and...
Ann Gentry:Yes, one did, and just when she was beginning to make progress, she disappeared.
Mr. Fulley:People drop out of sight, it happens.
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Weird horror psychodrama with sick ending, 4 March 2001
Author: thomandybish from Weaverville, NC

I just love horror psychodramas from the early seventies, and this one's one of the best. The story concerns Ann Gentry(Anjanette Comer), a young social worker and recent widow who lives with her mother-in-law. Ann is given the case of the Wadsworth family: raspy-voiced Mrs. Wadsworth(Ruth Roman),her two weird adult daughters(Suzanne Zenor and Mariana Hill), and Baby, an adult man who is literally an infant mentally and developmentally. As Ann comes to know more about the Wadsworths, she decides to rescue Baby from his negligent and abusive family, and the initial battle between this upstanding young woman and these depraved women is underway! After several verbal sparrings with Mrs. Wadsworth, Ann accepts an invitation to Baby's birthday party, unaware that the crazy women have a plan to take her out of the picture! The deranged three give Ann drug-lace punch and attempt to tie her up in the basement, planning to dispose of her later. However, Ann escapes with Baby in tow. But Mama Wadsworth and her girls aren't giving up that easy, and decide to find Ann and take Baby back . . .

The great thing about this film is that there are clues to the ending which, in retrospect, obviously hint at the outcome. What we have here is a battle of wits between two sets of psychos. Mrs. Wadsworth and her daughters are fruitcakes, to be sure, but the ending casts Ann's attempt to rescue Baby--and her reasons behind it--in a disturbing new light . ..

A weird little film with a sick ending that distroys everything you assumed at the beginning. Reccommended.

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