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The Wild Party (1975)

R | | Drama, Comedy | March 1975 (USA)
With the arrival of talking pictures, a silent film comedian (a Fatty Arbuckle-type) throws a lavish party to try and save his failing career. His plan is to release one last, great silent ... See full summary »

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Walter Marks (screenplay), Joseph Moncure March (narrative poem)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coco ... Jolly Grimm
Raquel Welch ... Queenie
Perry King ... Dale Sword
Tiffany Bolling ... Kate
Royal Dano ... Tex
David Dukes ... James Morrison
Chris Gilmore ... Nadine (as Annette Ferra)
Eddie Lawrence Eddie Lawrence ... Kreutzer (as Eddie Laurence)
Bobo Lewis Bobo Lewis ... Wilma
Don De Natale ... Jackie
Dena Dietrich ... Mrs. Murchison
Regis Cordic ... Mr. Murchison (as Regis J. Cordic)
Jennifer Lee Pryor ... Madeline True (as Jennifer Lee)
Mews Small ... Bertha (as Marya Small)
Baruch Lumet ... Tailor
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With the arrival of talking pictures, a silent film comedian (a Fatty Arbuckle-type) throws a lavish party to try and save his failing career. His plan is to release one last, great silent epic. In HD.

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Raquel Welch sizzles in this scandal about one of the most famous comedians of the fabulous roaring twenties! [Video Australia] See more »

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Drama | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wild Party See more »

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Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (video) | (DVD) (director's cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the film that 1920s star silent movie comic Jolly Grimm (James Coco) had made, his first in five years, which included the writing, directing, starring, producing and financing of it, was "Brother Jasper". See more »

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Quotes

James Morrison: They were there for kicks, or bucks, or laughter... but Queenie, what was Queenie after?
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Connections

Referenced in Valentino (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Singapore Sally
(uncredited)
Written by Walter Marks
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More tacky than Wild, but what a Party!
1 October 2003 | by efitnessSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite Merchant/Ivory films. I first saw it when I was a movie usher in 1975 and American International released a very butchered version that cut out a lot of character info and played up the sex and nudity. Many many years later on cable TV I came across the restored version with new scenes and re-edited old ones and it plays like an entirely new film!

James Coco is silent movie comic Jolly Grimm, desperate to save his slipping career by pitching his new film at a Hollywood party. Raquel Welch is his mistress, Queenie, a former showgirl who puts up with Grimm's temper and beatings longer than she should.

The film takes place in a frantic 24-hour period wherein just about every disaster and humiliation possible befalls Grimm, leading up to the tragic/dramatic finale. The titular party is more tacky than wild, but it looks like a lot of fun, populated as it is by a host of curious Hollywood characters. Coco is a standout in a role that should have received more attention. The same holds for Welch who works like a Trojan (and kinda dances like one in her numerous musical numbers,) and while never quite pulling off the dialog ("Ya big lug!"), is rather endearing in her efforts. Special applause for Tiffany Bolling as Welch's best friend. She is funny and real and would have made a wonderfully vulnerable Queenie.

Even when being batted around by Coco, Welch looks like she could punch Coco into the sound era.

Though essentially a tragedy, "The Wild Party" is too flawed to be moving, but is a really enjoyable and visually rich film. The musical score (featuring "The Herbert Hoover Drag") is a gem!


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