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The Wild One (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama | February 1954 (USA)
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Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

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Laslo Benedek

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John Paxton (screenplay), Frank Rooney (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlon Brando ... Johnny Strabler
Mary Murphy ... Kathie Bleeker
Robert Keith ... Sheriff Harry Bleeker
Lee Marvin ... Chino
Jay C. Flippen ... Sheriff Stew Singer
Peggy Maley ... Mildred
Hugh Sanders ... Charlie Thomas
Ray Teal ... Frank Bleeker
John Brown John Brown ... Bill Hannegan
Will Wright ... Art Kleiner
Robert Osterloh ... Ben
William Vedder William Vedder ... Jimmy
Yvonne Doughty Yvonne Doughty ... Britches
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Cop-hating Johnny Strabler is recounting the fateful events that led up to the "whole mess" as he calls it, his role in the mess and whether he could have stopped it from happening. The Black Rebels, a motorcycle gang of which Johnny is the leader, cause a ruckus using intimidation wherever they go, with their actions bordering on the unlawful. On the day of the mess, they invade a motorcycle racing event, at which they cause a general disturbance culminating with one of the gang members stealing a second place trophy to give to Johnny. Despite not being the larger winning trophy, it symbolizes to Johnny his leadership within the group. Their next stop is a small town where their disturbance and intimidation tactics continue. Some in town don't mind their arrival as long as they spend money. Harry Bleeker, the local sheriff, doesn't much like them but is so ineffective and weak that he doesn't do anything to stop them, much to the annoyance of some of the other townsfolk, who see the ... Written by Huggo

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Marlon Brando! Driven Too Far By His Own Hot Blood! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Blood See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Brando and most of the Black Rebels ride Triumphs and other British motorcycles, while Lee Marvin and his boys ride Harley-Davidsons. See more »

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Wire holding handle-bar/throttle can be seen during side view of Johnny's run-away cycle before it hits and kills Jimmy. See more »

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[watching Johnny and Chino fight]
Charlie Thomas: What are they fighting about?
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A Teen Rebellion-Biker Movie I Actually Liked
15 September 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The was first famous "biker" movie and so it's dated, for sure, but still interesting. In fact, it's so dated in parts that it's charming. What surprised me was that some of the expressions of the day and the hand-slapping is still around today! I'll bet a lot of people did not know they didn't do these "hip" things so long ago.

Marlon Brando, as the lead character "Johnny Strabler," was fun to watch and Mary Murphy - an unknown actress to me - was very attractive as "Kathie Bleeker."

What looked strange was the bikers, in general. They looked so clean-cut it was almost laughable, hardly like the bikers since then. The gang member who looked the part was Lee Marvin as "Chino," who was a hoot the first time I saw this film but an overblown clown on subsequent viewings.

The movie had some nice film-noir photography, too, with some nice nighttime shots. The only negatives were a couple of stupid dialog scenes but you'll get that in dated pictures (and in most movies of today, too!)

'The Wild One" is corny, but, on a personal note, I felt far better than the other '50s teen-rebellion stories, such as Rebel Without A Cause.


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