The Wild Party (1956 film)

The Wild Party is a 1956 American crime film directed by Harry Horner and written by John McPartland. The film stars Anthony Quinn, Carol Ohmart, Arthur Franz, Jay Robinson, Kathryn Grant, Nehemiah Persoff, and Paul Stewart. The film was released on December 21, 1956 by United Artists.[1][2]

The Wild Party
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarry Horner
Produced bySidney Harmon
Philip Yordan
Screenplay byJohn McPartland
Story byJohn McPartland
StarringAnthony Quinn
Carol Ohmart
Arthur Franz
Jay Robinson
Kathryn Grant
Nehemiah Persoff
Paul Stewart
Music byBuddy Bregman
CinematographySam Leavitt
Edited byRichard C. Meyer
Security Pictures
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • December 21, 1956 (1956-12-21)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States


A former football player, "Big Tom" Kupfen, despondent over his glory days being behind him, drinks and uses drugs with a coterie of sycophants that include a piano player called Kicks Johnson, a drifter named Gage Freeposter and a naive young woman known only as "Honey".

On a whim, the group decides to go after a wealthy socialite, Erica London, and rob her home. They end up taking Erica and her fiancée, naval officer Arthur Mitchell, captive at an amusement park, with dire consequences for all.



  1. "The Wild Party (1956) - Overview". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  2. "The Wild Party". TV Guide. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
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