Directed By Ted Post
Written by Abe Polsky
Starring Anjanette Comer, Tod Andrews,
Marianna Hill, Ruth Roman, and David Mooney
Running Time 85 minutes
Released March 1973
Coming in at 41 yrs old The Baby is anything BUT a baby! Of Course don't tell that to the Wadsworth women, seems they don't like to let things grow up! This is one of those films that most of today's viewers don't really seem to aware of, which is another reason I chose it for this weeks Throwback piece, part of what Throwback Thursday should do in my opinion is broaden our readers horizons with films the may not have otherwise been exposed to if not for the column. That pretty well covers this film, it had a fairly limited release back in its hey day, and then went mostly unheard of until released on DVD and VHS in 2000 by Image Entertainment, reintroducing it to new generation of looking for drive in style cult classics!
So the premise of the movie is fairly simple although pretty unbelievable! The Baby is actually a 21 yr old man, who through abuse, neglect and extreme, albeit selective, over protection, has never progressed past the equivalent of an infant. He has two sister both from different fathers, who live with him and their mother all assisting in the proper care and torment of Baby. Baby also has a social worker Ann ( Anjanette Comer) who has taken a very special interest in Baby. Ann carries a whole lot of personal guilt since an accident that severely injured her husband, but seems to be finding her way through it by throwing herself into this special case, but are her motives really as pure as they seem?
The Baby is a film that I didnt really think too much of the first time I saw it but begrudgingly I admit it has grown on me, since that first watch. Granted its pretty silly, and brings to mind strange fetishes that I prefer to stay away from, its is also weirdly entertaining. You have this Adult man crawling around in a diaper, sucking a bottle (things I thought I could only find on Springer), and the state knows about the him yet somehow they allow him to continue on in his current home?! But really who am I kidding its not like anyone watching this film is sitting with thoughts of OH NO lets call Family and Childrens services!!
The baby is one of those films that you wish you could see at the Drive-In, it screams for that ambiance. Its filled with strange sexual overtones, and the type of political incorrectness of the late 60s early 70s could get away with, mixed in with a little bit of anti women lib, add to that a twist ending (ok maybe its not that much of a twist) to close it off . All good reasons to bring this film to its current level of cult status. Its not going to change your life, or even make much in the way of film history, but it is weirdly fun so pull out the plastic couch covers and make this one feel authentic when you settle if for this weeks throwback!