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Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 1962 (UK)
The lives of a group of women in a New Orleans bordello.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Nelson Algren (novel), John Fante (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 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 side of life you never expected to see on the screen! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf glühendem Pflaster See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Penny Stallings' 'Flesh and Fantasy', when Barbara Stanwyck first encountered Laurence Harvey on the set lounging in his gold brocade bathrobe and drinking champagne, she walked up to him and said, "All right, Larry, let's go! Get your ass in gear. We've got a picture to make, and I don't have time for prima donnas!" After a moment of silence, this struck Harvey as highly amusing and he burst into laughter. He and Stanwyck immediately became friends. See more »

Goofs

Dove arranges to meet Hallie "the day after tomorrow", but when they meet, he says, "You look different, even since yesterday." See more »

Quotes

Dove Linkhorn: What are you doing here, Kit?
Kitty Twist: I run the candy concession.
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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

Walk on the Wild Side
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Brook Benton
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MEEE-OOOWWWW, a potboiler in the best sense of the word featuring Elmer Bernstein's substantial music over a terrific title sequence by Saul Bass.
10 March 2004 | by TheVidSee all my reviews

This sleazy bit of melodrama, loosely based on a racy Nelson Algren book, is now dated kitsch; but can be enjoyed for what it is, thanks to the Hollywood team that put it all together. It's trashy intentions and heavyhanded delivery work in it's favor nowadays, so the brilliant Columbia DVD transfer is well worth checking out. The highlight of the movie is the Elmer Bernstein score; a masterwork with a life all it's own. The cast is a hoot: Barbara Stanwyck standing out as a lesbian brothel owner, a stiff dyke, hardly correct as a New Orleans Madame; Jane Fonda is a pouty, sultry slut, overdoing her overaged, nubile nymphette act; Laurence Harvey stretches all credibility as the good-boy Texas heartthrob searching for his lost love; an utterly miscast Capucine, playing an artsy, elegant whore-with-a-heart-of-gold; and Anne Baxter is quite humorous as a Mexican cafe owner. It's hard not to enjoy a movie with lead characters whose names are Dove and Kitty Twist, and a title song performed by Brook Benton with lyrics like: "Chances of goin' to Heaven, 6 to 1!".


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