Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Wild One

1953 American Feature

Cast: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Lee Marvin, Jay C. Flippen, Peggy Maley, Hugh Sanders, Ray Teal, John Brown and Will Wright
Director: Laslo Benedek
Writer: John Paxton and Ben Maddow (uncredited), based on the short story The Cyclists' Raid by Frank Rooney

When rebellious biker Johnny Strabler and his gang descend upon a sleepy California town, the bikers terrorize the locals while Johnny romances a local police officer's daughter.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 80% / Audience: 72%
  • OMG rating: 7/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Frank Rooney's short story The Cyclists' Raid was originally published in Harper's Magazine in 1951 and later anthologized in "The Best American Short Stories 1952". Rooney's story was inspired by the sensationalistic media coverage of an American Motorcyclist Association motorcycle rally that got out of hand on the Fourth of July weekend in 1947 in Hollister, California. The overcrowding, drinking and street stunting were given national attention in Life Magazine and would become known as the "Hollister riot".
  • Uncredited performances include Richard Farnsworth and, as one of Johnny's gang, Jerry Paris, best known as neighbor Jerry Helper on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
  • Considered the original "outlaw biker" film, and the first movie to examine American outlaw motorcycle gang violence.
  • In the United Kingdom, the film was banned by the British Board of Film Censors for fourteen years.
  • Marlon Brando's portrayal of Johnny has become an iconic image of both motorcycle culture and 1950s "rebellious" youth. His long sideburns also inspired a craze.

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OMG Movie #583

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