The Baby

Overview

TV-movie perennial Ted Post served as director for the low-budget theatrical feature The Baby. Ruth Roman plays a boozy nutcase who, out of hatred for the husband who ran out on her years earlier, forces her teenaged son David Manzy to dress and behave like an infant. Social worker Ann Gentry Anjanette Comer, understandably put off by the sight of a fully grown boy chewing on his toes in a playpen, sets about to rescue him. When sinister forces try to claim the "baby" from Ann, ...
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Overview

TV-movie perennial Ted Post served as director for the low-budget theatrical feature The Baby. Ruth Roman plays a boozy nutcase who, out of hatred for the husband who ran out on her years earlier, forces her teenaged son David Manzy to dress and behave like an infant. Social worker Ann Gentry Anjanette Comer, understandably put off by the sight of a fully grown boy chewing on his toes in a playpen, sets about to rescue him. When sinister forces try to claim the "baby" from Ann, she resorts to murder.
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Special Features

Tales From The Crib: Audio Interview With Director Ted Post; ; Baby Talk: Audio Interview With Star David Mooney; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
The Baby is the kind of queasy thriller that could only have been born in the psychosexually sick '70s. Quite possibly the only exploitation of infantilism to hit the screen (aside from some specialty porn titles), it still stands up as an engaging sleaze flick and retains its power to disturb. When a social worker challenges the Wadsworth family for the legal guardianship of a 21-year-old man in diapers, all sorts of prickly issues are carelessly raised simply to make the audience squirm. The women at war have both sexual and maternal needs to satisfy, and the way these desires blur is what gives The Baby so much squeamish power. As Baby, David Manzy holds character admirably, wearing an appropriately dazed look on his face throughout the film (although his crawling skills are a bit too athletic for someone who can't walk or stand on his own). Ruth Roman is also in rare form as the bullying Mrs. Wadsworth, a woman with instincts more criminal than motherly. Director Ted Post builds up speed as the film progresses, beginning with a simple eccentric character study, taking time out for a wild, psychedelic birthday party and ending with pure horror. The twist ending is truly a twist, and it colors all of the events that previously transpired, without seeming too labored. A truly unique entry into the horror canon, The Baby is a great example of how a twisted premise can be more effective than graphic violence or plastic monster masks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • UPC: 030306117591
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Severin
  • Region Code: 0
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,452

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anjanette Comer Ann Gentry
David Manzy Baby
Ruth Roman Mrs Wadsworth, Mrs. Wadsworth
Tod Andrews
Joseph E. Bernard
Marianna Hill Germaine
Beatrice Manley
Erin O'Reilly
Michael Pataki
Virginia Vincent
Suzanne Zenor Alba
Gerald Fried Conductor
Technical Credits
Ted Post Director
Bob Crawford Sr. Editor
Elliott Feinman Executive Producer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Ralph Hirsch Executive Producer
Byrd Holland Makeup
Michael D. Margulies Cinematographer
Abe Polsky Producer, Screenwriter
Milton Polsky Producer
Dick Wormell Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Baby
1. Anti-Social Worker [8:02]
2. Just "Baby" [3:00]
3. Backyard Playpen [5:18]
4. Adventures in Babysitting [5:05]
5. Busted and Disgusted [4:59]
6. Trials and Tribulations [6:28]
7. Shocking Behavior [1:51]
8. Exceptional Children [4:44]
9. Showdown [5:55]
10. Happy Birthday, Baby [5:29]
11. Party Foul [5:25]
12. Baby to the Rescue [6:16]
13. Positive Reinforcement [6:46]
14. Night Raid [6:24]
15. The Check Arrives [5:14]
16. Family Unit [3:53]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Baby
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   Bonus Features
      Tales From The Crib: Interview With Director Ted Post
      Audio Interview with Star David Mooney
      Theatrical Trailer
      Trailers
         Psychomania
         In The Folds Of The Flesh
         Horror Express
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