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The Wild Party (1975)

R | | Drama, Comedy | March 1975 (USA)
An aging silent movie comic star tries for a comeback by staging a wild party that turns into a sexual free-for-all. The comic ends up killing his mistress and her latest boyfriend.

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Cast

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Jolly Grimm
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Queenie
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Dale Sword
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Kate
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Tex
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James Morrison
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Nadine (as Annette Ferra)
Eddie Lawrence ...
Kreutzer (as Eddie Laurence)
Bobo Lewis ...
Wilma
Don De Natale ...
Jackie
Dena Dietrich ...
Mrs. Murchison
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Mr. Murchison (as Regis J. Cordic)
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Madeline True (as Jennifer Lee)
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Bertha (as Marya Small)
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Tailor
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Storyline

An aging silent movie comic star tries for a comeback by staging a wild party that turns into a sexual free-for-all. The comic ends up killing his mistress and her latest boyfriend. Written by <bruce.bozarth@worldnet.att.net>

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Hollywood in the '20s...Gin, Sin and a Night they're still whispering about! See more »

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Drama | Comedy

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Release Date:

March 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fiesta salvaje  »

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| (director's cut) | (video) | (DVD) (director's cut) | (DVD)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the Merchant Ivory Productions official website, "time also has a framing role in The Wild Party (1975), shot soon after Autobiography of a Princess (1975). It has a curious history, having been inspired by a blank-verse narrative poem of 1926 by Joseph Moncure March about a disastrous Greenwich Village party given by a vaudeville comic in his walk-up apartment. The lyricist Walter Marks saw in it the idea for a musical film, with the setting changed to Hollywood at the end of the silent-movie era. Shortly after the project was brought to Edgar Lansbury and Joseph Beruh, producers of 'Godspell' and other Broadway musicals, Walter Marks's brother Peter [Marks] discussed it with [director James] Ivory and mentioned that a director was needed. It was in this way that Ivory, as director, and [Ismail] Merchant, as co-producer with Lansbury and Beruh, were brought in. An important change was made in the script on which Ivory and Marks collaborated: the musical became a drama with music". See more »

Quotes

Kate: Well, happy Sunday morning to you.
Jolly Grimm: [referring to Queenie] Why is she doing this to me? I don't understand.
Kate: Had to happen. She's young. You ain't. That's just how it goes.
Jolly Grimm: I don't understand.
Kate: There were lots of guys before you. There'll be lots of guys after you. Come on. Dale probably ain't the first.
Jolly Grimm: Don't say that. I don't want- I don't want you to say that!
Kate: Come on, be a realist! You guys think you got some kind of patent on foolin' around? A woman's got needs too, you know.
Jolly Grimm: Shut up!
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Connections

Featured in Do What You Love: Class of 1984 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Singapore Sally
Written by Walter Marks
Performed by Raquel Welch, Tiffany Bolling, Dom DeLuise, Tom Hulce, Bea Arthur and Chorus Line
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Raquel Welch the best thing in this movie
12 July 2015 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

(Very) loosely based on the Fatty Arbuckle scandal from circa 1921, this film is set in 1929, and based on a poem from that era, which I have not read, a few lines of which are voiced over in the film. James Coco's character was very annoying. This is not really criticism, because that was obviously intentional. Perry King played his part as melodramatically as a scene from the times. Royal Dano was excellent as befits his long and distinguished career as a character actor.

It has been a long time since I have seen a film with Raquel Welch. She was long mocked back in the day (before silicone) as just a big pair of boobs, but I found her performance compelling, and the best part of this movie.


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