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Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 1962 (UK)
A man arrives in New Orleans searching for his former girlfriend, an artist who now works in a bordello.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Nelson Algren (novel), John Fante (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Harvey ... Dove Linkhorn
Capucine ... Hallie
Jane Fonda ... Kitty Twist
Anne Baxter ... Teresina Vidaverri
Barbara Stanwyck ... Jo / Jo Courtney
Joanna Moore ... Miss Precious
Richard Rust ... Oliver
Karl Swenson ... Schmidt
Don 'Red' Barry ... Dockery (as Donald Barry)
Juanita Moore ... Mama
John Anderson ... Preacher
Ken Lynch ... Frank Bonito
Todd Armstrong ... Lt. Omar Stroud (as Todd Anderson)
Sherry O'Neil Sherry O'Neil ... Reba
John Bryant ... Spence
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Storyline

At the Doll House, a 1930's New Orleans bordello, Hallie is the main attraction both for clients and for Jo, the madame. Her comfortable if tedious life is disrupted by the arrival in town of Dove Linkhorn, her true love of three years before who is now searching for her. When Linkhorn learns the truth of her profession he triggers a chain of events involving a number of people, including the young Kitty with whom he travelled from Texas and who is now the Doll House newest recruit. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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a new kind of love story from the best-seller by NELSON ALGREN See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Before Brook Benton was hired to sing the movie's theme song, it was offered to Ray Charles, who turned it down because he didn't like the song and wasn't interested in singing a movie theme. Five years later, Charles performed a similar song at the beginning of "In the Heat of the Night." See more »

Goofs

The jukebox in Teresina's diner is a Wurlitzer model 1015. The 1015 was a post-war model produced from 1946 through 1947 and would not have been seen in the Depression. See more »

Quotes

Preacher: Jezebel! That's right, I mean you! Now both of you sinners are hurrying past.
Dove Linkhorn: You got no business with us mister.
Preacher: Oh, sinners is my business. You and that hip-slinging daughter of Satan. You know there's the smell of sulfur and brimstone about you. The smell of hellfire.
Dove Linkhorn: Who ordained preacher?
Preacher: I am self-ordained son; I had the call.
Dove Linkhorn: You were called by the wrong voice mister.
Preacher: Lord strike this sinner down. Send a bolt down to smite and consume the blasphemer now!
Dove Linkhorn: He won't hear you. Cause you no friend ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Texas, The Early Thirties See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Red Skelton Hour: Rock on the Wild Side (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere in the Used to Be
(uncredited)
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Brook Benton
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Old style meller trying to bust out of its Production Code corset.
29 June 2007 | by Boomer-51See all my reviews

This film is strangely reminiscent of Pre-Code Barbara Stanwyck pictures like 'Baby Face' or 'Women They Talk About.' But, what makes the film so much fun is its marvelously fractured casting. It's rumored that the film owes its existence to Capucine. Charles Feldman, the talent agent, mounted the production to showcase his protégée and (some say) girlfriend. She's quite a beauty, but what makes her performance so remarkable is that she's totally oblivious to the fact that she doesn't belong in this film.

Laurence Harvey has the Southern accent down. And, as for Jane Fonda, this was the one break in her endless string of coy sex kitten roles from the sixties where she proves she can act. Some say she overdoes it, but I think she provides the real spice in this film.

In the midst of this batch of newcomers hobbled together from around the world (although they're all playing indigenous Southerners) are two pros trained in the old Hollywood studios. This is hardly a high point for Barbara Stanwyck. But, she proves that you can put her down anywhere - in a screwball comedy, a tearjerker, a hard-boiled film noir, or a TV western - and she can hold her own.

Anne Baxter acquits herself well in the thankless task of playing a humble Mexican. Probably less well known for her accomplishments than Stanwyck, she won an Oscar for playing one of the greatest dramatic arcs given to an actress in the forties in "The Razor's Edge." These two pros give some dignity to a film that easily could have degenerated in to laughable kitsch.

This film is notorious for its overt portrayal of a lesbian character. But, it actually has a more interesting gay connection. Fonda, against the prohibition of director Edward Dymyrik, was secretly being coached in her dressing room by her 'secretary' and live-in boyfriend Andreas Voutsinas. Six years later, he would set a new benchmark for outrageous mincing queens as Carmen Ghia in Mel Brooks' "The Producers."


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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