The Sweet Ride (1968)

110 mins | Drama | 15 May 1968

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HISTORY

The 5 Jan 1967 DV announced the film as producer Joe Pasternak’s first for Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp., to be scripted by Joyce Geller. Pasternak told the 4 May 1967 DV that his production would feature several young contract players from the studio’s “talent school.” The 31 Jul 1967 issue reported that Geller’s replacement, Tom Mankiewicz, received approval on his screenplay from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), despite its adult content. MPAA president Jack Valenti expressed pride in the organization’s “new attitude.” Principal photography began 17 Jul 1967 in Malibu, CA, according to the 19 Jul 1967 Var. Weeks later, a 25 Aug 1967 DV production chart reported a 21 Jul 1967 start date.
       The 21 Jun 1967 LAT noted that co-star Corinna Tsopei was a former Miss Universe. Also in the cast were Margaret Blye (20 Jun 1967 LAT); showgirl Margaret White (12 Jul 1967 LAT); Jimmy Barden and John Strasberg (1 Aug 1967 LAT); Damian London (8 Aug 1967 DV); songwriter and record producer Lee Hazelwood (22 Aug 1967 DV); Kevin Coates, son of LAT columnist Paul Coates (28 Aug 1967 DV); Eric Matthews (2 Sep 1967 LAT); Norman Stevans, Berniece Dalton, and Paul Sears (24 Sep 1967 LAT); Monica Peterson and college basketball star Mike Warren (5 Oct 1967 Los Angeles Sentinel). The 12 Oct 1967 Los Angeles Sentinel announced that more than 150 African Americans had been cast in the film, ...

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The 5 Jan 1967 DV announced the film as producer Joe Pasternak’s first for Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp., to be scripted by Joyce Geller. Pasternak told the 4 May 1967 DV that his production would feature several young contract players from the studio’s “talent school.” The 31 Jul 1967 issue reported that Geller’s replacement, Tom Mankiewicz, received approval on his screenplay from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), despite its adult content. MPAA president Jack Valenti expressed pride in the organization’s “new attitude.” Principal photography began 17 Jul 1967 in Malibu, CA, according to the 19 Jul 1967 Var. Weeks later, a 25 Aug 1967 DV production chart reported a 21 Jul 1967 start date.
       The 21 Jun 1967 LAT noted that co-star Corinna Tsopei was a former Miss Universe. Also in the cast were Margaret Blye (20 Jun 1967 LAT); showgirl Margaret White (12 Jul 1967 LAT); Jimmy Barden and John Strasberg (1 Aug 1967 LAT); Damian London (8 Aug 1967 DV); songwriter and record producer Lee Hazelwood (22 Aug 1967 DV); Kevin Coates, son of LAT columnist Paul Coates (28 Aug 1967 DV); Eric Matthews (2 Sep 1967 LAT); Norman Stevans, Berniece Dalton, and Paul Sears (24 Sep 1967 LAT); Monica Peterson and college basketball star Mike Warren (5 Oct 1967 Los Angeles Sentinel). The 12 Oct 1967 Los Angeles Sentinel announced that more than 150 African Americans had been cast in the film, in keeping with the studio’s policy of inclusiveness. A news item in the 25 Jul 1967 DV reported that the band, Moby Grape, would appear in a sequence scheduled for 14 Aug 1967. The band was comprised of Jerry Miller, Don Stevenson, Bob Mosley, Skip Spence, and Peter Lewis. The song, written exclusively for the picture, was prerecorded by Columbia Records. An obituary in the 23 Oct 1968 LAT noted that avant-garde filmmaker Peter Gardiner had contributed to the production.
       The 15 Sep 1967 LAT reported that the final scenes had been completed several days earlier.
       The 15 May 1968 Var announced the film’s release that week in seventeen “key cities.” Openings followed in New York City on 12 Jun 1968, and in Los Angeles, CA, on 26 Jun 1968 to unenthusiastic reviews. While the 28 Jun 1968 LAT described the picture as a good story told badly, the 3 May 1968 DV offered Hell’s Angels’ Bikini Beach Party in Valley of the Dolls Near Peyton Place as a more suitable title.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Jan 1967
p. 3
Daily Variety
4 May 1967
p. 2
Daily Variety
25 Jul 1967
p. 4
Daily Variety
31 Jul 1967
p. 2
Daily Variety
8 Aug 1967
p. 4
Daily Variety
16 Aug 1967
p. 4
Daily Variety
22 Aug 1967
p. 8
Daily Variety
25 Aug 1967
p. 9
Daily Variety
28 Aug 1967
p. 2
Daily Variety
3 May 1968
p. 3
Los Angeles Sentinel
5 Oct 1967
Section B, p. 3
Los Angeles Sentinel
5 Oct 1967
Section A, p. 1
Los Angeles Sentinel
12 Oct 1967
Section B, p. 7
Los Angeles Times
20 Jun 1967
Section D, p. 11
Los Angeles Times
21 Jun 1967
Section D, p. 12
Los Angeles Times
12 Jul 1967
Section D, p. 16
Los Angeles Times
1 Aug 1967
Section D, p. 9
Los Angeles Times
2 Sep 1967
p. 19
Los Angeles Times
15 Sep 1967
Section D, p. 12
Los Angeles Times
24 Sep 1967
Section N, p. 11
Los Angeles Times
25 Sep 1967
Section D, p. 24
Los Angeles Times
12 Jun 1968
Section H, p. 16
Los Angeles Times
28 Jun 1968
Section F, p. 9
Los Angeles Times
23 Oct 1968
Section B, p. 5
New York Times
12 Jun 1968
p. 36
New York Times
13 Jun 1968
p. 57
Variety
19 Jul 1967
p. 16
Variety
6 Mar 1968
p. 6
Variety
15 May 1968
p. 31
Variety
29 May 1968
p. 9
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
Harry M. Lindgren
Sd
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyling
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Main titles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Sweet Ride by William Murray (New York, 1967).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Sweet Ride," music and lyrics by Lee Hazlewood, performed by Dusty Springfield; "Never Again," music and lyrics by Moby Grape, performed by Moby Grape.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 May 1968
Premiere Information:
San Francisco opening: 22 May 1968; New York opening: 12 Jun 1968; Los Angeles opening: 26 Jun 1968
Production Date:
17 or 21 Aug--mid Sep 1967
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
29 December 1967
LP35408
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
110
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

The near-dead body of a brutally beaten and molested young woman is dumped on a highway in the Malibu Beach area peopled by surfers and drifters. Police investigation reveals that the woman, actress Vicki Cartwright, was dating surfer Denny McGuire, a young wastrel who shares a beach house with Collie Ransom, an aging tennis hustler, and Choo-Choo Burns, an unemployed jazz pianist. At an interrogation conducted by Lieutenant Atkins, Denny explains that he first met Vicki on the beach and that, from the very beginning, their love affair was unstable. Denny later learned that Vicki was trapped professionally and psychologically by Brady Caswell, the producer of her new television series. When Denny asked Vicki to marry him, she insisted that she could not and began lying about her reasons for spending time away from him. Denny's jealousy was further inflamed by the interest taken in Vicki by repugnant cyclist Mr. Clean. Denny eventually learned of her relationship with Caswell; a bitter and vindictive quarrel ensued; and Denny did not see her again until she was brought into the hospital 2 weeks later. After Denny and Collie are released, they learn what really happened on that fateful night: after Vicki had masochistically offered herself to Mr. Clean, she was savagely beaten by Caswell. To avenge Vicki, who is recovering from the attack, Denny assaults Caswell at his home, leaving him bleeding and unconscious. At last recognizing that there must be something more to life, Denny abandons his aimless drifting to work in a Santa Monica hardware ...

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The near-dead body of a brutally beaten and molested young woman is dumped on a highway in the Malibu Beach area peopled by surfers and drifters. Police investigation reveals that the woman, actress Vicki Cartwright, was dating surfer Denny McGuire, a young wastrel who shares a beach house with Collie Ransom, an aging tennis hustler, and Choo-Choo Burns, an unemployed jazz pianist. At an interrogation conducted by Lieutenant Atkins, Denny explains that he first met Vicki on the beach and that, from the very beginning, their love affair was unstable. Denny later learned that Vicki was trapped professionally and psychologically by Brady Caswell, the producer of her new television series. When Denny asked Vicki to marry him, she insisted that she could not and began lying about her reasons for spending time away from him. Denny's jealousy was further inflamed by the interest taken in Vicki by repugnant cyclist Mr. Clean. Denny eventually learned of her relationship with Caswell; a bitter and vindictive quarrel ensued; and Denny did not see her again until she was brought into the hospital 2 weeks later. After Denny and Collie are released, they learn what really happened on that fateful night: after Vicki had masochistically offered herself to Mr. Clean, she was savagely beaten by Caswell. To avenge Vicki, who is recovering from the attack, Denny assaults Caswell at his home, leaving him bleeding and unconscious. At last recognizing that there must be something more to life, Denny abandons his aimless drifting to work in a Santa Monica hardware store.

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