in the Streets
as Sally Leroy
Director: Barry Shear
Cast: Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones, Diane Varsi, Hal Holbrook, Millie
Perkins, Richard Pryor, Bert Freed, Kevin Coughlin, Larry Bishop, and
Special Guest Star: Ed Begley.
Varsi as Sally Leroy
ON WILD IN THE STREEETS:
The film was based on a magazine article by Robert Thom, first published
in Esquire magazine. Thom's paperback novelization was published shortly
before the film's release.
-- Robert Thom was married to Millie Perkins, who played Hal Holbrook's
wife in the film. Perkins had several years earlier achieved overnight
fame when she played the title role in The Diary
of Anne Frank. After making her debut in that 1959 film, two years
passed before she would co-star with Elvis Presley in Wild
in the Country, wherein she played one of the Elvis' three love
interests -- the other two being Hope Lange and Tuesday Weld. Appropos
of absolutely nothing, Hope Lange played Selena Cross in Peyton
Place and Tuesday Weld played Selena Cross in Return
to Peyton Place. Incidentally, Wild in the
Country also featured Christina Crawford (yes, that Christina Crawford!)
among its supporting cast. We think it's interesting that Millie Perkins'
miniscule filmography includes two such similar titles: Wild
in the Country and Wild in the Streets.
If only there had been a third one, like maybe Wild
in the Opium Den or Wild in the Bathtub
or something like that. When we digress, we don't fool around.
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