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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.

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Nadine (as Annette Ferra)
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Kreutzer (as Eddie Laurence)
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Wilma
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Dena Dietrich ...
Mrs. Murchison
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Mr. Murchison (as Regis J. Cordic)
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Madeline True (as Jennifer Lee)
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Bertha (as Marya Small)
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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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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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March 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fiesta salvaje  »

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

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1.85 : 1
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The film's source 1926 poem by Joseph Moncure March has been adapted for as stage musicals twice. One was a Broadway production with music composed by Michael John LaChiusa whilst the other was an off-Broadway show with music composed by Andrew Lippa. See more »

Quotes

Nadine: [referring to Queenie] Did you put her in your pictures, Mr. Grimm?
Jolly Grimm: Nah. But I took care of her, Nadine. Real good care.
[He reaches out and touches Nadine's hair]
Nadine: Grace says I should be nice to you. Says maybe you'll put me in your pictures.
Jolly Grimm: You sure do... remind me of Queenie...
Nadine: Listen... Grace says if you want... you can kiss me and stuff like that.
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Soundtracks

Singapore Sally
Written by Walter Marks
Performed by Raquel Welch, Tiffany Bolling, Dom DeLuise, Tom Hulce, Bea Arthur and Chorus Line
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Simply Awful
22 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Something tells me that the story of how this movie even got made is more interesting than what ends up on the screen. Surely, when matching low-budget exploitation producer Samuel Z. Arkoff with the future-classic producing/directing team Merchant/Ivory, something odd must have occurred. Nothing, and I mean nothing about this 1975 film, based on the infamous Fatty Arbuckle scandal, works. The film, sadly, exists to new audiences as a cautionary signpost marking Zarkoff's failed attempt to move toward legitimate mainstream film-making. He should have stuck to his bread-and-butter tripe (such as "The Beast With a Million Eyes").

Here we have tubby James Coco (with over-the-title billing!) throwing a party to lure members of silent-era Hollywood moguls to distribute his self-financed Opus. Complete with songs by the (terribly melodramatic) Raquel Welch, the film sinks deeper and deeper in to awkward, self-indulgent pathos. Poorly acted, directed and designed (with cheaply dressed sets and awful original "period" songs in the background), this film is one to be missed at all costs. Perhaps one day, the true secret to this film's odd conception will be revealed, and it will make some sense. Until then, perhaps a potential viewer would be better off reading a book.


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