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Drama - Music - Romance

There are no rules...there is no limit...IN THE LOVE-HUNGRY WORLD OF THESE YOUNG SOPHISTICATES!

All the Fine Young Cannibals is a 1960 American film directed by Michael Anderson, based on the novel by Rosamond Marshall starring Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, Susan Kohner, George Hamilton, and Pearl Bailey. Hamilton said it "combined Southern Gothic with a biopic of jazzman Chet Baker".

The minister of the town has died and his son Chad has no tears for him. Sarah, who now calls herself Salome, is pregnant with Chad's baby, but Chad has no future, no job and no money. Therefore, she leaves town on the train heading East. On the train she meets Tony who is heading back to Yale. Tony and his sister Catherine have one thing in common; they are both young, rich and bored with their lives. Salome goes to Yale with Tony and they are soon married, but she does not tell him about Chad or the pregnancy. Ruby takes Chad to New York where he plays trumpet and makes a name for himself. Catherine leaves school and moves in with Tony and Salome, creating tension between the young couple.
โ€”Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

The story concerns the lives of Chad Bixby (Wagner) and Sarah "Salome" Davis (Wood) โ€“ how they are forced apart by bad circumstances and brought together by chance. The film examines the experience of starting off "dirt poor" and ending up "idle rich", in a melodramatic style; but concludes that after the changes in lifestyle, the personalities remain the same. The story is loosely based on the life of Chet Baker. The film was the first Wagner and Wood made as husband and wife. The story centers on two married couples and a child. Before both couples married, the husband of one impregnated the wife of the other and now they must decide to whom the children belong.

Quotes

Chad Bixby: I love ya, Salome, but if I can't have ya, I'm gonna hurtcha

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Chad Bixby: Do you think I'm a fool?
Ruby Jones: I think most men are fools, white boy. And most women.

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Chad Bixby: Rose, this is Salome.
Rose: Why is she so skinny? Ladies supposed to be fat, and men skinny.

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TRIVIA

  • George Hamilton says Vincente Minelli shot an ending for the film that was not used
  • Box office According to MGM records, the film earned $950,000 in the US and Canada, and $860,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $1,108,000
  • This marked the first time that real-life husband and wife Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner appeared together in a film.
  • This film's title was the inspiration for the name of the 80s British pop-rock band Fine Young Cannibals.
  • This was Redd Foxx's film debut.
  • Inspired by the life of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.
  • In Robert Wagner's autobiography he mentions that himself and Pearl Bailey had an onscreen interracial affair, which was cut by MGM for fear of a ban in Southern states.
  • This was Robert Wagner's first film after finishing his Fox contract. In his autobiography, he states that the studio backlot seemed incredibly quiet with very little activity on the soundstages, and that he could tell that MGM was in trouble.
  • During the indisposition of Michael Anderson, a few days of work on this film were directed by Vincente Minnelli.
  • Originally intended for Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley.