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During the shooting of the film, director James Ivory called one of the takes of a scene with Raquel Welch "a bit dull" and asked for a retake. Because of this, Welch walked off the set and refused to return until Ivory apologized to her in front of the entire cast and crew. Ivory capitulated and they continued with the scene.
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The part played by James Coco is partly inspired by the silent-film star Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle who had been accused of raping and accidentally killing bit player Virginia Rappe during a party he threw on Labor Day weekend of 1921. Coco's role was inspired by Arbuckle's work. But the movie had nothing to do with the Arbuckle/Rappe case.
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The name of the film that 1920s star silent movie comic Jolly Grimm (James Coco) had made, his first in five years, which included the writing, directing, starring, producing and financing of it, was "Brother Jasper".
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The story-line of Joseph Moncure March source 1926 "The Wild Party" poem was changed so as to add in a Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle silent movie star scandal-like story element.
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The year during the Roaring Twenties decade that this motion picture is actually set is 1929.
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The movie was made and released about forty-nine years after its source poem of the same name by Joseph Moncure March, of which the film is loosely based, had been first published in 1926.
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Part of a cycle of movies made during the mid-1970s about Tinseltown, Old Hollywood and its Golden Age including the Silent Film era. The pictures include Inserts (1975), Valentino (1977), Nickelodeon (1976), Silent Movie (1976), The Wild Party (1975), The Last Tycoon (1976), Hearts of the West (1975), The Day of the Locust (1975), and The World's Greatest Lover (1977).
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This is a Merchant Ivory Productions picture directed by 'James Ivory' and produced by Ismail Merchant that was not written by regular house scribe Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
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Reportedly, star Raquel Welch and costume designer Ron Talsky were in a personal relationship around the time the movie was made and released. Talsky also designed Welch's clothes for _The Last of Sheila (1973), Kansas City Bomber (1972), The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974).
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The first, final and only ever produced cinema movie screenplay of lyricist Walter Marks.
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The film's source 1926 poem by Joseph Moncure March has been adapted for as stage musicals twice. One was a Broadway production with music composed by Michael John LaChiusa whilst the other was an off-Broadway show with music composed by Andrew Lippa.
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Vincent Canby in 1981 in 'The New York Times' stated: "The Wild Party (1975) was made in 1975 but is only now receiving its New York premiere is the result of one of those not atypical fallings-out between the people who actually make movies and those who finance them. The original distributor, American International Pictures, didn't like [director] Mr. [James] Ivory's version and released, instead, a drastically cut, re-arranged version that did poorly at the box office. The movie was then put on the shelf for four years. The film being shown at the Art is the one Mr. Ivory and [producer] Mr. [Ismail] Merchant wanted released in the first place".
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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".
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One of two Merchant Ivory Productions that debuted in the year of 1975. The two films are The Wild Party (1975) and Autobiography of a Princess (1975). The latter, Autobiography of a Princess (1975), was filmed first, but released second, whereas the former, The Wild Party (1975), was filmed second, but released first.
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