IMDb > The Day of the Locust (1975)
The Day of the Locust
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Day of the Locust (1975) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 14 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.2/10   3,462 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 6% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Nathanael West (novel)
Waldo Salt (screenplay)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Day of the Locust on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
22 August 1975 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
By train. By car. By bus. They came to Hollywood... In search of a dream. See more »
Plot:
An art director in the 1930's falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Mulholland Drive" with more blood. See more (65 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Donald Sutherland ... Homer Simpson

Karen Black ... Faye Greener

Burgess Meredith ... Harry Greener

William Atherton ... Tod Hackett

Geraldine Page ... Big Sister

Richard Dysart ... Claude Estee

Bo Hopkins ... Earle Shoop

Pepe Serna ... Miguel
Lelia Goldoni ... Mary Dove

Billy Barty ... Abe Kusich

Jackie Earle Haley ... Adore (as Jackie Haley)
Gloria LeRoy ... Mrs. Loomis (as Gloria Le Roy)
Jane Hoffman ... Mrs. Odlesh

Norman Leavitt ... Mr. Odlesh (as Norm Leavitt)
Madge Kennedy ... Mrs. Johnson
Ina Gould ... Lee Sisters
Florence Lake ... Lee Sisters
Margaret Willey ... The Gingos
John War Eagle ... The Gingos

Natalie Schafer ... Audrey Jennings
Gloria Stroock ... Alice Estee

Nita Talbot ... Joan
Nicholas Cortland ... Projectionist
Alvin Childress ... Butler
Byron Paul ... Guest
Virginia Baker ... Guest
Roger Price ... Guest
Angela Greene ... Guest
Robert O. Ragland ... Guest
Abbey Greshler ... Guest
Ann Coleman ... Girl
Gyl Roland ... Girl

Paul Stewart ... Helverston

John Hillerman ... Ned Grote

William Castle ... Director (as William C. Castle)
Fred Scheiwiller ... 1st Asst. Director
Wally Rose ... 2nd Asst. Director

Grainger Hines ... French Lt.
DeForest Covan ... Shoe Shine Boy (as De Forest Covan)
Michael Quinn ... Major Domo

Robert Pine ... Apprentice
Jerry Fogel ... Apprentice

Dennis Dugan ... Apprentice

David Ladd ... Apprentice

Bob Holt ... Tour Guide
Paul Jabara ... Nightclub Entertainer
Queenie Smith ... Palsied Lady
Margaret Jenkins ... Choral Director
Jonathan Kidd ... Undertaker
Kenny Solms ... Boy in Chapel
Wally K. Berns ... Theatre Manager (as Wally Berns)
Bill Baldwin ... Announcer at Premiere
Dick Powell Jr. ... Dick Powell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Jon Carlson ... Actor (uncredited)
Brent Dunsford ... Fan (uncredited)
Arlene Harris ... Aging bar customer (uncredited)
Vince Trankina ... Looter (uncredited)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
John Schlesinger 
 
Writing credits
Nathanael West (novel)

Waldo Salt (screenplay)

Produced by
Jerome Hellman .... producer
Sheldon Schrager .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall  (as Conrad Hall)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark 
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald 
 
Art Direction by
John J. Lloyd  (as John Lloyd)
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins  (as George Hopkins)
Rick Simpson (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Lynn Del .... hair stylist
Graham Meech-Burkestone .... hair stylist (as Graham M. Birkstone)
Pascal .... hair stylist
Marlene D. Williams .... hair stylist (as Marlene Williams)
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sheldon Schrager .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arne Schmidt .... second assistant director (as Arnie Schmidt)
Barry Stern .... second assistant director
Charles Ziarko .... second assistant director
Tim Zinnemann .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Allan Gordon .... property master
Adam John Backauskas .... property maker (uncredited)
Gary Fettis .... carpenter (uncredited)
L. David Gordon .... draper (uncredited)
Carl Hansen .... leadman (uncredited)
Roger Irvin .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Robert Krume .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Johnny Lattanzio .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
James F. McGuire .... set designer (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Dean Edward Mitzner .... set designer (uncredited)
Gary Myers .... set designer (uncredited)
Ernie Sawyers .... assistant props (uncredited)
Rick Simpson .... leadman (uncredited)
Bill Sully .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sig Tingloff .... set designer (uncredited)
J. Dennis Washington .... set designer (uncredited)
Ward Welton .... paint foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Campling .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound mixer
Dennis Johns .... sound assistant
Tom Overton .... sound recordist (as Tommy Overton)
Tennyson .... sound assistant
 
Special Effects by
Tim Smyth .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunt coordinator
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
James M. Halty .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Edesa .... assistant camera
Dave Friedman .... unit still photographer (as David Friedman)
Daniel R. Jordan .... key grip (as Danny Jordan)
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator (as Tom Laughridge)
Rick Martens .... gaffer (as Richard Martens)
Danny Marzolo .... best boy
Ronald Vidor .... assistant camera (as Ron Vidor)
Thomas Del Ruth .... camera operator (uncredited)
Don Farnsworth .... second grip (uncredited)
Robert Jason .... electrician (uncredited)
Robert Moore .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Dianne Crittenden .... additional casting (as Diane Crittenden)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert De Mora .... wardrobe (as Robert de Mora)
G. Tony Scarano .... wardrobe (as Tony Scarano)
Patrick Cummings .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Alan Hoffman .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Carol Lunsford .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Donna Roberts .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Bill Slattery .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Don Vargas .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Beckwith .... assistant editor
Christopher Greenbury .... assistant editor
Mary Kessel .... assistant editor
Barry McCormick .... assistant editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
Alan L. Shefland .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Robert O. Ragland .... composer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Baken .... driver (uncredited)
John Brumby .... driver (uncredited)
Jerry Cipperly .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Alan Falco .... driver (uncredited)
Bill Gray .... driver (uncredited)
Ed Heboian .... driver (uncredited)
Ben Reade .... driver (uncredited)
Jean Spray .... driver (uncredited)
James Thornsberry .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Dennis Yank .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marge Champion .... dance supervisor
Michael Childers .... production associate
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor (as Karen Wookey)
Michael Maslansky .... unit publicist
Dan Perri .... title designer
Ronald Shedlo .... presenter
Bruce Weintraub .... production assistant
Harry Winer .... observer: AFI
Noreen Beasley .... assistant: Dan Perri (uncredited)
Sam Bernstein .... controller (uncredited)
Melissa Clark .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Charles W. Geiger .... location manager (uncredited)
Joanie Laine .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Ruben Martinez .... craft service (uncredited)
Jane Raglan .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Barbara Spitz .... production secretary (uncredited)
Joanne W. Strangman .... teacher (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
144 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The name of the small Pekingnese dog that belonged to Audrey Jennings (Natalie Schafer) was "Froufrou".See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: At the premiere of "The Buccaneer", the announcer (Bill Baldwin) says that the film stars Fredric March, Anthony Quinn, Douglas Dumbrille, Walter Brennan and Beulah Bondi, as if the last four actors named all had star billing. In reality, Quinn was a little-known 23-year-old at the start of his career and, like Dumbrille, Brennan and Bondi, had what was very much a supporting role. The most prominently-billed actors after March in the title role were Franciska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff and Margot Grahame.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mrs. Odlesh:It isn't as splashy as some other places, but we pride ourselves on being a little classier.
Tod Hackett:[referring to a large crack in the plaster wall] Hmmm, the crack's real.
Mrs. Odlesh:Oh yes. We call this our earthquake cottage. Mrs. Porter had occupancy then. During the big one in '33. Property damage ran into the millions.
Tod Hackett:Will you fix it if I stayed for a while?
Mrs. Odlesh:Oh no! No! This is our showplace. Mrs. Porter wouldn't let us touch that wall. She worked that sampler herself to cover over the hole. Alrighty. I hope you'll be very happy here.
[...]
See more »
Movie Connections:
References I'm No Angel (1933)See more »
Soundtrack:
ISN'T IT ROMANTIC?See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
"Mulholland Drive" with more blood., 7 July 2003
Author: Muffy-5 from Kitchener, Ontario

I first saw "Day of the Locust" because I thought Karen Black was keen. I liked the film, but I can't say I understood its point at the time. What's with the faceless people, Sutherland's hands, and the angry dwarf? Sounds like David Lynch to me, especially in light of "Mulholland Drive" and its scathing, unsympathetic view of Hollywood (it even has a cowboy!)

I finally got around to reading the Nathanael West novel -- which is absolutely brilliant -- and decided to watch the film again. And I need to say that, as much as I still appreciate and enjoy the movie, it really missed the boat, trying to cram bits and pieces of ideas from the novel (the strange, artificial relationship between Faye and her father, the barely-restrained violence of those who "come to Hollywood to die," the anachronistic and cold facade of Hollywood and the people in charge of it), meanwhile stuffing in some 70's ideas, reflecting back on the beginnings of WWII (which wasn't an issue in the book at all), and -- strangely enough -- adding warmth and humanity to characters whose sole characteristic (in the novel) was that they had NO warmth or humanity whatsoever.

And that's the weird thing about this movie. I remember, when I first saw it, I was amazed at how unlikeable all the characters were. After reading the book, however, I can say that the characters in the movie are FAR TOO likeable to support any of the book's themes. This is most notable when it comes to Faye's little breakdowns, letting the viewer know that she's really a good person who wants to be loved, turning her into a VICTIM of the star system. But the point of the book -- as I gathered, anyway -- was that these people aren't victims at all. They're greedy people who victimize each-other, and usually in sloppy, stupid ways ("Jeepers, Creepers!") Faye isn't capable of an unaffected tender moment, all she can do is pretend. The same goes for her father: even his moments of genuine sickness and pain are filtered through his never-ending vaudeville routine.

Homer Simpson, as well, is portrayed (in the film) as a sort of unfortunate lump, and a bible-thumper to boot, taken advantage of by Faye. But that destroys one of the great levels of nastiness in the novel: Homer is just as much as an opportunist as Faye, and he deserves everything he gets. Why is he being so generous, letting her stay with him and hold cock-fights in his garage? Because he's a pathetic, incapable human being who barely has a human feature to him: he's just a collection of nervous ticks. He lusts after her, and he seems to delight in his thwarted lust. He's got less going for him than that lizard on the cactus, eating flies.

The film suffers from an attempt to make the characters likeable, almost without exception. The only person who escapes this "Hollywood-ization" of the book is Adore, the horrible child star whose fate nobody who has seen the movie (or read the book) will ever forget. Jeez!

If you find yourself watching this movie and "just not getting it," do yourself a favour and read the book. It won't make the movie any clearer, but you can at least view the movie as a clear-cut example of the sort of thing the book was pointing out and railing against, way back in 1939 when this idea was still a novel one: Hollywood films are manipulative and full of fakery, and so are humans in general, and people in general are also ghoulish and horrible, and no amount of eyelash-fluttering or smooth tango-dancing will disguise that. You might be the owner of a big studio and have an inflatable dead horse in your pool, but you still can't relate to your wife, and the only thing left in your life is pathetic thrill-seeking (cock-fights, cheesy stag flicks).

(Incidentally, I'm amazed at how many quirky things ended up in the screenplay that WEREN'T part of the book! Kudos to the scriptwriter for that at least!)

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (65 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Day of the Locust (1975)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
The Long Goodbye buy_to_own
William Atherton was irresistibly sexy... tony-r-vario
the little girl arismckenna
Karen Black claims... EdenTrask
Other movies about making movies shes_dead
Homer Simpson? erik_yeah
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Black Dahlia Fellini Satyricon I'm Not There. My Own Private Idaho The Bad and the Beautiful
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.