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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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Cast

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Jolly Grimm
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Queenie
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Dale Sword
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Kate
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Tex
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James Morrison
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Nadine (as Annette Ferra)
Eddie Lawrence ...
Kreutzer (as Eddie Laurence)
Bobo Lewis ...
Wilma
Don De Natale ...
Jackie
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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Trivia

One of two Merchant Ivory Productions that debuted in the year of 1975. The two films are The Wild Party (1975) and Autobiography of a Princess (1975). The latter, Autobiography of a Princess (1975), was filmed first, but released second, whereas the former, The Wild Party (1975), was filmed second, but released first. See more »

Quotes

Jolly Grimm: [introducing his movie] I thought very hard about how to introduce this picture to you tonight, and I thought to myself, "Jolly, be humble! That's the ticket this time!" And then I thought about it some more... me? Be humble? That's like Calvin Coolidge dancing the Black Bottom.
[audience laughs]
Jolly Grimm: If you saw it, you wouldn't believe it! Me standing here, all coy-like, "Ladies and gentlemen, I do sincerely hope you like my new picture, Brother Jasper"... when what I really want to tell you is how ...
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Singapore Sally
Written by Walter Marks
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The possibilities were endless, but what's on the screen is muddled and dispiriting...
14 October 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

The combination of director James Ivory and his producing partner Ismail Merchant with sensual star Raquel Welch should have resulted in a dynamic art-house hit, but "The Wild Party" is a series of missed opportunities (you're more acutely aware of all the possibilities that went unrealized than you are gripped by what made it to the screen). Loosely based on the Fatty Arbuckle scandal, this is a well-intentioned, noble failure with James Coco playing a silent-screen star in early 1930s Hollywood who throws a bash to celebrate his comeback in talkies, but his big night goes awry. A.I.P. recut the film for its theatrical run to punch up the sex--which gave the pic something of a sullied reputation--however MGM has since restored Ivory's cut. Coco, Welch (as mistress Queenie), and Perry King (as another in his stable of studs) all do fine work, and some of the dialogue has snap. The film is certainly a curiosity, but Ivory's handling is plastic and his pacing and musical effects are colorless. *1/2 from ****


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