The Baby, by Ted Post
Oddities Cycle – Sala Gòtica
TV director, Ted Post (1918-2013), directed several films for the big screen among which stand out Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Go Tell the Spartans (1978), a war drama with Burt Lancaster, as well as two films starred by Clint Eastwood: Hang ‘Em High (1968), Post’s first feature film, and Magnum Force (1973). However, we should better ignore the rest of his filmography.
Nevertheless, The Baby is a weird and chilling story that stands as an incredibly witty and original story. This is a misleading and hard to classify film from start to end and keeps a consistent narrative rhythm with an in-crescendo progression that can easily unsettle present time audiences.
Starred by Anjanette Comer (Guns for San Sebastian, Henry Verneuil 1968; The Loved One, Tony Richardson 1965), Ruth Roman (Strangers on a Train, Alfred Hitchcok 1951; Champion, Mark Robson 1949) and Marianna Hill (High Planes Drifter, Clint Eastwood 1973; The Godfather – part ii, F.F. Coppola 1974).
Original title: The Baby
Running time: 84 min.
Country: United States
Director: Ted Post
Screenwriter: Abe Polsky
Music: Gerald Fried
Cinematography: Michael D. Margulies
Cast: Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, Marianna Hill, Susanne Zenor, Tod Andrews, Michael Pataki, Beatrice Manley, Erin O’Reilly, Don Mallon, Joseph Bernard, Virginia Vincent, David Mooney
Producer: Quintet Productions