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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

Several contemporary reviewers mentioned that, although the film was set in the 1930s, Capucine seemed to be wearing contemporary (1962) fashions. Director Edward Dmytryk stated that it was because she was the "protege" of producer Charles K. Feldman, who decreed that, despite the film's 1930s setting, she would be dressed in the latest Pierre Cardin designs. See more »

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

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Dove Linkhorn: What are you doing here, Kit?
Kitty Twist: I run the candy concession.
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Referenced in The Cosby Show: Rudy's Walk on the Wild Side (1990) See more »

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Walk on the Wild Side
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Brook Benton
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This is an insult to Nelson Algren!
6 December 2002 | by Amy723See all my reviews

It's obvious that none of the other reviewers has read the book on which this disasters is supposedly based.

I've read the book, it's one of my favorites. This movie is very disloyal to the book and it's a big disappointment. No wonder Nelson Algren didn't even want to attend the premiere.

The only things about this movie that are true to the book are the characters' names (except Jo, who's not even in the book) and some of that plot elements.

Someone mentioned the absurdity of Dove being referred to as a boy and Kitty being referred to as a minor in the film.

That's because in the book, Dove is 17 and Kitty is 16. Hallie is biracial. Oliver is not disabled, but there is a disabled character in the book.

Teresina is perhaps the only character that's closest to the book. But the plot elements that surround the character in the film are slightly different than the book.

What I'm trying to say is that, if you're going to base a movie on a book, at least maintain most of the basic elements. Don't change the story, add new characters or combine existing ones.

This movie is a hack job and I would love to see a version that's true to the book. That would be a much better movie, one worth seeing.


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