The Wild Party (1975 film)
|The Wild Party|
|Directed by||James Ivory|
|Produced by||Ismail Merchant|
|Written by||Walter Marks |
(base on the poem by Joseph Moncure March)
|Starring||James Coco |
|Music by||Walter Marks |
Louis St. Louis (song)
|Distributed by||AIP (theatrical cut version) |
MGM (DVD, directors cut)
|Release date(s)||March 1975|
|Running time||109 min. (director's cut)|
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An aging silent movie comic star of the 1920s named Jolly Grimm attempts a comeback by staging a party to show his new film. But the party turns into a sexual free-for-all and the comic ends up killing his mistress, Queenie, and an actor who has taken an interest in her.
The film was loosely based on a poem by Joseph Moncure March and filmed in Riverside, California. The poem was also made into two musicals, a Broadway show, composed by Michael John LaChiusa, which followed the poem very closely, and an off-Broadway production, composed by Andrew Lippa, which took some artistic liberties with the poem but still less than this movie.
Elements of the life of, and scandal involving, silent-film star Fatty Arbuckle also appeared to have at least partly influenced the film's storyline.
A dance scene was choreographed by Patricia Birch.
- James Coco as Jolly Grimm
- Raquel Welch as Queenie
- Perry King as Dale Sword
- David Dukes as James Morrison
- Tiffany Bolling as Kate
- Royal Dano as Tex
 Further reading
- Parish, James Robert (2006). Fiasco - A History of Hollywood’s Iconic Flops. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. pp. 359 pages. ISBN 978-0-471-69159-4.
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