Hope Lange played the ‘‘older woman”
Irene Sperry, who causes a scandal
when she falls for Elvis.
The part of Glenn Tyler in Wild in the Country represented Elvis Presley’s last serious role in a film by a significant director. The story opens as Glenn, a Southern boy from a rural, poverty-stricken background, has just been released from juvenile hall. Central to the character of Glenn is that the brooding young man is at a crossroads in his life, and he must choose the path most suitable for him.
His choices are represented by three women. The sensuous Noreen, played by Tuesday Weld, is Glenn’s country cousin who urges Glenn to stay with his own kind. She offers passion and good times, but such a carefree existence allows little thought for the future.
Hope Lange costars as Irene Sperry, the court-appointed psychiatrist assigned to Glenn’s case, who recognizes in him the raw talent of a budding writer. She encourages him to attend college but causes a scandal when she falls in love with her charge.
Finally, childhood sweetheart Betty Lee, played by Millie Perkins, selflessly places Glenn’s future above her own needs, urging him to leave town and attend college. She is prepared to lose him that he may have an education and a secure future. Glenn follows Betty Lee’s advice, asking her to wait for him.
Behind the Scenes of Wild in the Country
Tuesday Weld was one of the trio of female costars (Hope Lange and Millie Perkins were the other two) who provide strong supporting performances. Only 17 years old during the film’s production, Weld was the hottest starlet in
|Cast of Wild in the Country|
|Irene Sperry||Hope Lange|
|Betty Lee Parsons||Millie Perkins|
|Phil Macy||John |
|Cliff Macy||Gary Lockwood|
|Rolfe Braxton||William Mims|
|Dr. Underwood||Raymond Greenleaf|
|Monica George||Christina Crawford|
|Mrs. Parsons||Doreen Lang|
|Mr. Parsons||Charles Arnt|
|Sarah the Maid||Ruby Goodwin|
|Willie Dace||Will Cory|
|Professor Joe B. Larson||Alan Napier|
|Judge Parker||Jason Robards, Sr.|
|Sam Tyler||Harry Shannon|
|Hank Tyler||Red West|
|Mr. Longstreet||Pat Buttram|
Songs Featured in Wild in the Country
- Wild in the Country
- I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell
- In My Way
- Husky Dusky Day
Credits for Wild in the Country
- Twentieth Century-Fox
- Produced by Jerry Weld
- Directed by Philip Dunne
- Screenplay by Clifford Odets
- Based on a novel by J.R. Salamanca
- Photographed in DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope by William C. Mellor
- Music by Kenyon Hopkins
June 22, 1961
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