Willard, by Daniel Mann
Oddities Cycle – Sala Gòtica
This low cost production gets its best profits from Daniel Mann’s powerful and effective direction and the outstanding performances by young Bruce Davison, unforgettable Elsa Lanchester and a superb Ernest Borgnine, along with the presence of Sondra Locke who appears on screen for the third time in her career. The film got a big audience success and was followed up by a sequel with Ben the rat as protagonist (Ben, Phil Karlson 1972), there is also a wonderful remake starred by Crispin Glover.
Director Daniel Mann got his top moment in the 50s and early 60s with the making of passionate dramas. His experience as a theatre actor and director gave him a strong background for his cinematographic career and made him a unique actor director as well as a wonderful dialogue writer.
Original title: Willard
Running time: 95 min.
Country: United States
Director: Daniel Mann
Screenwriter: Gilbert Ralston (Novel: Gilbert Ralston)
Music: Alex North
Cinematography: Robert B. Hauser
Cast: Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Borgnine, Sondra Locke, Michael Dante, Jody Gilbert, Joan Shawlee, William Hansen, J. Pat O’Malley, John Myhers
Producer: Bing Crosby Productions
Synopsis: Shy Willard lives with his bossy mum, works for pitiless Martin and suffers his coworkers’ backchat. His only relief comes from his friends Ben and Socrates, two rats who live in his home backyard.