Wild In The Country

  • 1961
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Presley is a backwoods delinquent youngster who, after a fight, is paroled into the care of his crooked uncle, a tonic manufacturer. He also must pay weekly visits to psychiatrist Lange, a widow, who discovers a talent for writing in the young man and nurses it along, finally becoming attracted to him. In the meantime, Presley is carrying on with the pushy...read more

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Presley is a backwoods delinquent youngster who, after a fight, is paroled into the care of his crooked uncle, a tonic manufacturer. He also must pay weekly visits to psychiatrist Lange, a widow, who discovers a talent for writing in the young man and nurses it along, finally becoming

attracted to him. In the meantime, Presley is carrying on with the pushy Weld and the more reserved Perkins. Instead of concerning himself with romance, he concentrates on his education and leaves for college, presumably to become a literary giant. The well-versed fellow also manages a few tunes:

"In My Way," "I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell" (Fred Weiss, Ben Weidman), "Lonely Man" (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus), "Wild in the Country" (Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss). Presley's character may be tough to swallow, but he makes the attempt in an enjoyable dramatic role that was

a change from the typical swooning and singing pictures he churned out. One of the less-than-memorable efforts of screenwriter Odets, the once proletarian dramatist ("Golden Boy," "Awake and Sing") who turned to Hollywood in the middle 1940s after several successes on Broadway. Most of the critics

of WILD IN THE COUNTRY called the premise--a country boy from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia being groomed for a career in literature--unconvincing and romantic, without realizing that the author, J.R. Salamanca, may have based part of his story on the poet and novelist Jesse Stuart (Taps forPrivate Tussy), who came out of the hills of Kentucky to become the toast of New York literary circles in the 1930s and 1940s.

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