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The Wild Party (1975)

An aging silent movie comic star tries for a comeback by staging a wild party that turns into a sexual free-for-all. The comic ends up killing his mistress and her latest boyfriend.

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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An aging silent movie comic star tries for a comeback by staging a wild party that turns into a sexual free-for-all. The comic ends up killing his mistress and her latest boyfriend. Written by <bruce.bozarth@worldnet.att.net>

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Hollywood in the '20s...Gin, Sin and a Night they're still whispering about! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiesta salvaje See more »

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

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The story-line of Joseph Moncure March source 1926 "The Wild Party" poem was changed so as to add in a Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle silent movie star scandal-like story element. See more »

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Quotes

Jolly Grimm: "You think", who gives a flying fart what you think? Kreutzer's the one with the moolah. I'm not interested in what you think. You're supposed to look good, and that's all.
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Singapore Sally
Written by Walter Marks
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American International tries to do class
15 October 2012 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

The famous poem of the 1920s becomes an ambitious meeting of American International and Merchant-Ivory, who sink into a most un-Merchant-Ivory-like Hollywood orgy in this tale suggested by, but not actually dramatizing, the Fatty Arbuckle scandal that ruined his career. With a screenplay and songs by Broadway songwriter Walter Marks, it seems to lick its lips at all prospects for lasciviousness, reveling in the bare breasts and spent drunken bodies the morning after. The songs are OK, and James Coco's excellent, carefully indicating the conflicting warmth, selfishness, and desperation in Jolly Grimm. But Raquel Welch feels anachronistic, not convincingly of the Twenties, and her singing and dancing are at best proficient. It's a messy movie, the plot threads not really hanging together, and the trendy camera-work belongs to 1975 and 1975 only. Let's call it an interesting failure.


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