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All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960)

The minister of the town has died and his son Chad has no tears for him. Sarah, who now calls herself Salome, is pregnant with Chad's baby, but Chad has no future, no job and no money. ... See full summary »


Michael Anderson, Vincente Minnelli (uncredited)


Rosamond Marshall (novel), Robert Thom (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Chad Bixby
Natalie Wood ... Sarah 'Salome' Davis
Susan Kohner ... Catherine McDowall
George Hamilton ... Tony McDowall
Pearl Bailey ... Ruby
Jack Mullaney ... Putney Tinker
Onslow Stevens ... Joshua Davis
Anne Seymour ... Mrs. Bixby
Virginia Gregg ... Ada Davis
Mabel Albertson ... Mrs. McDowall
Louise Beavers ... Rose


The minister of the town has died and his son Chad has no tears for him. Sarah, who now calls herself Salome, is pregnant with Chad's baby, but Chad has no future, no job and no money. Therefore, she leaves town on the train heading East. On the train she meets Tony who is heading back to Yale. Tony and his sister Catherine have one thing in common; they are both young, rich and bored with their lives. Salome goes to Yale with Tony and they are soon married, but she does not tell him about Chad or the pregnancy. Ruby takes Chad to New York where he plays trumpet and makes a name for himself. Catherine leaves school and moves in with Tony and Salome, creating tension between the young couple. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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There are no rules...there is no limit...IN THE LOVE-HUNGRY WORLD OF THESE YOUNG SOPHISTICATES!


Drama | Music | Romance


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This was Redd Foxx's film debut. See more »


Chad Bixby: I love ya, Salome, but if I can't have ya, I'm gonna hurtcha
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Referenced in The IT Crowd: Moss and the German (2007) See more »

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Eat your heart out,you cannibals!
11 August 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Anderson's movie is derivative.It looks like lite Douglas Sirk: the spoiled kid sister (played by Susan Kohner who worked with Sirk) is not unlike Marylee (Dorothy Malone) in "Written on the wind" ;besides ,Ruby's funeral will fatally make you think of that of Annie in "Imitation of life" ,a black choir singing "Free at last" replacing Mahalia Jackson.The screenwriters also borrow from Kazan's "splendor in the grass" as far as the two leads' fate is concerned.And the baby trick was used a hundred times or more in the thirties and forties melodramas (notably Bette Davis' "the big lie" and "the old maid" ;Olivia De Havilland' s "to each his own").

Having said this,one must credit Natalie Wood for making the best of the stereotyped part of a go-getter;Robert Wagner's moody looks work wonders too when he plays the trumpet and in the scene when he backs Pearl Bailey's impressive vocals.

This is the kind of movie they don't do anymore;this is the kind of story which could go on and on and on and on;in a word,it's the perfect soap opera ,and it still exists today in the form of the TV series.

Like this?try these.......

Peyton Place Mark Robson 1957

Imitation of life Douglas Sirk 1959

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Release Date:

19 June 1960 (UK) See more »

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All the Fine Young Cannibals See more »

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Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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