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Baby, The (1973)

Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer), a social worker who recently lost her husband in an accident, investigates the strange Wadsworth family – the frequently inebriated domineering mother (Ruth Roman), sexed-up grown daughters Germaine (Marianna Hill) and Alba (Susanne Zenor) and a diaper-clad, bottle-sucking baby.

This might not seem unusual . . . except the baby boy is a mentally challenged 21-year-old adult male (David Manzy) who is treated like a baby, dressed in diapers and sleeping in a crib.

Ann is a basket case in no shape to deal with something as troubling as Baby’s home life, yet she verges on obsession – with the filmmakers doing a good job of implying that her interest in Baby is deviant until revealing a secret about her during the over-the-top climax.

As a twisted psychological drama, The Baby is extremely disturbing even though the premise is far-fetched and totally implausible. The unpredictable twist at the end has to be seen to be believed.

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Ann Gentry
Anjanette Comer
Mrs Wadsworth
Ruth Roman
Germaine Wadsworth
Marianna Hill
Alba Wadsworth
Susanne Zenor
Doctor
Tod Andrews
Dennis
Michael Pataki
Judith
Beatrice Manley Blau
Babysitter
Erin O’Reilly
Baby
David Manzy

Director
Ted Post