Walk on the Wild Side

A prowling black cat taking a 'walk on the wild side' creates the brilliant promise of Saul Bass' famous credit sequence. The rest just doesn't match it, despite the tale of passion: Laurence Harvey seeking his former love (Capucine), now a high-class 'harlot' for 'Madame' Barbara Stanwyck, who is also in love with her; meanwhile a full-blooded Anne Baxter and a raunchy Jane Fonda succumb to Harvey's moralising Texan. If Dmytryk had only concentrated more on the women instead of the dull central male, this might have been a superb dark work, not just a fairly steamy melodrama. Still, it certainly has its moments.

Release details

Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Screenwriter: John Fante, Edmund Morris
Cast: Karl Swenson
Jane Fonda
Anne Baxter
Richard Rust
Capucine
Laurence Harvey
Barbara Stanwyck
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