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The Wild Party (1975)

R | | Drama, Comedy | March 1975 (USA)
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 »

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Drama | Comedy

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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

According to the Merchant Ivory Productions official website, "time also has a framing role in The Wild Party (1975), shot soon after Autobiography of a Princess (1975). It has a curious history, having been inspired by a blank-verse narrative poem of 1926 by Joseph Moncure March about a disastrous Greenwich Village party given by a vaudeville comic in his walk-up apartment. The lyricist Walter Marks saw in it the idea for a musical film, with the setting changed to Hollywood at the end of the silent-movie era. Shortly after the project was brought to Edgar Lansbury and Joseph Beruh, producers of 'Godspell' and other Broadway musicals, Walter Marks's brother Peter [Marks] discussed it with [director James] Ivory and mentioned that a director was needed. It was in this way that Ivory, as director, and [Ismail] Merchant, as co-producer with Lansbury and Beruh, were brought in. An important change was made in the script on which Ivory and Marks collaborated: the musical became a drama with music". See more »

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Quotes

Jackie: [as Queenie makes a belated entrance] Hey Queenie, I haven't seen your beautiful face all night. Where have you been hiding?
Queenie: [shrugs]
Jackie: How about doing a little number for us, Queenie?
Queenie: Nah, Jackie, I ain't danced in years. You know that!
Phil D'Armano: Hey, Queenie, how about "Singapore Sally?" Me and Oskie know it!
Madeline True: [as the crowd erupts into encouragement] Jackie! Make her do it, Jackie!
Jackie: Come on Queenie! You're beautiful, come on!
Queenie: I'm a little rusty, but Singapore Sally it is.
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Singapore Sally
Written by Walter Marks
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Unintentionally hilarious!!!
25 June 2005 | by edwardholubSee all my reviews

One critic said it never had a release in the states which is wrong. I saw it in a theater in Princeton, N.J. It was long before the Merchant/Ivory rep kicked in. James Coco was probably the closest they could come to a Fatty Arbuckle look-a-like, but his performance is miserable. When he realizes that he has no backers for his new film and his mistress Queenie has run off with Perry King, he stands on the landing of his staircase and drunkenly berates the remaining guests at his party. The funny thing is that the camera never moves, nor are there any cutaways from him. He just goes on and on when someone should have yelled cut. Raquel Welch's musical numbers were, I suppose, meant to entice lusty revelry among the guests, but she's not that talented. Leave that sort of thing to Mae West. The whole project smacks of Golan-Globus amateur theatrics. Bad writing, bad acting, bad lighting, bad cinematography.


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