The Wild Party

The Wild Party

Director: James Ivory Cast: James Coco, Raquel Welch, Perry King


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Director James Ivory has disowned this Hollywood drama, inspired by the Fatty Arbuckle/Virginia Rappe case and based on a satirical poem by Joseph Moncure March, which was heavily cut by American International Pictures from two hours to 90 minutes. The story concerns Jolly Grimm (James Coco), whose career as a famous silent film comic is coming to an end with the advent of talking pictures. He plans a last hurrah by making one more silent film and invites a collection of Hollywood big shots to his mansion in hopes of convincing one of them to distribute the picture. His mistress, Queenie (Raquel Welch), encourages him, but it quickly becomes apparent the film is a bomb. As Jolly Grimm keeps drinking, his mood becomes less jolly and more grim, particularly when movie star Dale (Perry King) starts getting quite familiar with Queenie. Meanwhile, young starlet Nadine (Annette Ferra), after finding her sister in bed with a guest, seeks out Jolly for solace. When Jolly tries to comfort her by kissing her full on the mouth, a drunken party guest, thinking Jolly is trying to seduce the girl, begins to beat Jolly senseless. Dale halts the fracas, but when Jolly doesn't thank Dale properly for saving him from a shellacking, Dale retreats with Queenie to the boudoir. Jolly, already keyed up to a dangerous level, awaits their emergence from the bedroom with a gun in his hand.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2004
UPC: 0883904128250
Original Release: 1974
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Coco Jolly Grimm
Raquel Welch Queenie
Perry King Dale Sword
Tiffany Bolling Kate
Royal Dano Tex
David Dukes Morrison
Michael Grant Hall Oscar D'Armano
Skipper Phil D'Armano
Susan Arnold Actor
Geraldine Baron Grace
Waldo K. Berns Policeman
Chuck Comisky Actor
Regis J. Cordic Mr. Murchison
Bill Dance Actor
Don de Natale Jackie, the Dancer
Dena Dietrich Mrs. Murchison
Annette Ferra Nadine
Lark Geib Rosa
Jill Giraldi Crippled Girl
J.S. Johnson Morris
Martin Kove Editor
Eddie "The Old Philosopher" Lawrence Kreutzer
Jennifer Lee Madeline True
Bobo Lewis Wilma
Baruch Lumet Tailor
Ralph Manza Fruit Dealer
Tony Paxton Sergeant
Barbara Quinn Mildred
Tom Reese Eddy
Marya Small Bertha
Frederic Franklyn Sam
Richard Dano Actor

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Ed Bash Special Effects
Joseph Beruh Executive Producer
Patricia Birch Choreography
Edward Folger Asst. Director
Louis Lane Makeup
Edgar Lansbury Producer
Walter Lassally Cinematographer
Ralph Lauren Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Marks Score Composer,Screenwriter
Kent McKinney Editor
Ismail Merchant Producer
David Nichols Art Director
Laurence Rosenthal Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Louis St. Louis Score Composer
Ron Talsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
Bruce Weintraub Set Decoration/Design

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