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The Baby (1973)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | March 1973 (USA)
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A social worker, still reeling from the loss of her architect husband, investigates the eccentric, psychedelic Wadsworth Family, consisting of a mother, two daughters, and an adult son with the apparent mental capacity of an infant.

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Ted Post

Writer:

Abe Polsky
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anjanette Comer ... Ann Gentry
Ruth Roman ... Mrs. Wadsworth
Marianna Hill ... Germaine Wadsworth
Susanne Zenor ... Alba Wadsworth (as Suzanne Zenor)
Tod Andrews ... Doctor
Michael Pataki ... Dennis
Beatrice Manley Beatrice Manley ... Judith (as Beatrice Manley Blau)
Erin O'Reilly ... Babysitter
Don Mallon Don Mallon
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Mr. Foley
Virginia Vincent
David Mooney ... Baby (as David Manzy)
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Storyline

A social worker who recently lost her husband investigates the strange Wadsworth family. The Wadsworths might not seem too unusual to hear about them at first - consisting of the mother, two grown daughters and the diaper-clad, bottle-sucking baby. The problem is, the baby is twenty-one years old. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Pray you don't learn the secret of... The Baby See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jaula sin techo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Quintet Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ted Post: Dart player at birthday party. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Foley: Ann, I'm not asking you to drop it, just pull back, compromise.
Ann Gentry: Mr. Foley, this case is full of compromise, and indifference, and criminal negligence, and we're responsible.
Mr. Foley: Ann, you exaggerate. Other workers have put time in on this case and they've come up with no significant results.
Ann Gentry: None of those other workers spent enough time on the case to accomplish anything.
Mr. Foley: That's not true, one did, and...
Ann Gentry: Yes, one did, and just when she was beginning to make progress, she disappeared.
Mr. Foley: People drop out...
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A very odd piece of 70's Horror
26 November 2005 | by imbluzcloobySee all my reviews

I first saw "The Baby" on a late night horror show called "Grimsley". It was on TV so of course they had to edit the very few graphic scenes, but it is still nonetheless disturbing. But as a 9 year old kid, watching a man-child in diapers didn't scare me a bit. Monsters scared me. So this movie was just goofy and at the same time interesting. Why would anyone be interested in such a warped conceit as "The Baby". It's just weird and intriguing. But it also has a sweetness to it. The outcome of course is a very eerie twist and touching outlook on love and compassion. Whether or not this film intentionally tried to freak you out or just paint a strangely humanistic picture, it succeeds on the freakish level. But its played with total seriousness. Serious and corny. Don't be surprised if you catch find yourself shaking your head repeatedly at this movie, you will also be surprised at how much it will mesmerize you.


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