“The Wild Scene”: A female psychiatrist enters the erotic world of pills, protests & prostitution!

By on May 10, 2019

As a narrator in this film’s theatrical trailer tells us, The Wild Scene (1970) “tells the explosive story of a woman who joins her daughter’s violent, hung-up generation in order to taste the psychedelic fruits they feed on… She is spared nothing in her travels through the erotic world of pills, protests, and prostitution.”

You can find this weirdly “anti-sex” sexploitation flick — filmed and finished in 1968, but not released until 1970 — in our Something Weird collection, now streaming on Night Flight Plus.

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The plot of The Wild Scene follows female psychiatrist “Dr. Virginia Durant” (Alberta Nelson), who is writing a book based on a few of her patient’s tawdry stories, dictating the sordid details into a portable reel-to-reel recorder.

Dr. Durant apparently also has a sexual side hustle going on with her publisher/boyfriend “Jack” (Richard Tate).

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In the first of these case histories — a double whammy of incest and suicide — a young blonde woman named “Annabelle” (Wendy Stuart) asks her physician father “Dr. Jennings” (Jarl Victor) to obtain birth control pills for her, which he does.

Annabelle then shares the pills with her two friends, sisters “Felicia” (Anne Hershon) and “Ella” (Evanna Lynn), and they all spend their afternoons working as prostitutes for a pimp named “Paul” (Charles Terhune).

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The sisters eventually end up at a psychedelic party high up in the Hollywood Hills — - The Wild Scene was filmed on location at Mt. Olympus, a nice neighborhood perched above the Sunset Strip — which ends in tragedy, of course.

Along the way we find out that doctor daddy has given them all placebo pills and — surprise! — all three get pregnant from having unprotected sex with their clients.

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Rita Lupino, Ida’s younger sister, plays the doctor daddy’s emasculating, adulterous wife “Faith Bennington”

In a second case study, poor ol’ “Tim O’ Shea” — a possibly miscast Berry Kroeger (The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant) — finds out his blonde mistress is two-timing him with another woman.

Nancy Czar plays the lesbian-leaning “Clarette,” who insults and humiliates her sugar daddy, who then becomes voyeuristic and masochistic (another double whammy!).

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The Wild Scene culminates with a third case study, this one striking close to home for Dr. Durant as it concerns her own relationship with her college dropout daughter “Diane” (foxy Anita Eubank).

She’s particularly interested in Diane’s sex life now that she’s now shacking up with hippie bead-wearing campus radical “Hal Conners” (Gary Pillar).

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Hal & Diane are organizing their own political party, “for the millions under 26.” (“”Once you are past twenty-six, you’re too old to think young!”).

Psychiatrist/mom — posing as a rich dilettante with the pretext of contributing to his counterculture cause and underground newspaper — eventually meets up with Hal at a joint called “the Eating Affair.”

Dr. Durant is nearly fooled by the silver-tongued radical (“He’s almost electrifying!”) until he tries to blackmail her for $25,000.

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Hal also extends to Dr. Durant an invitation to a “free love acid meditation” in one of the movie’s best scenes.

That’s where we see the psychiatrist (wearing her hair down) talking with stoned party girl “Janice” (unbelievably, this was awesome actress Kathie Zundel’s only credit, according to IMDB).

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The film also features a student riot, de rigueur for the times.

Check out the trailer, where our stentorian-sounding narrator — identifying himself as the theater manager — tells us how  The Wild Scene takes us on “… on a wild, voyeuristic, brutally-frank trip through a modern Dante’s Inferno.”

Read more about The Wild Scene below.

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The Wild Scene was directed by William Rowland, from a screenplay by Michael Kraike — a Hollywood producer whose only other writing credit is for The Amazing Dobermans (1976) — and William Keys.

It was based on an original story by Rowland and the film’s producer Sam Jacoby (who also contributes the song “It’s You Alone”).

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Buxom blonde Alberta Nelson first modeled in New York City before heading to Southern California in the early Sixties, where she pursued acting.

She’s best known for her appearances in nearly every one of those teen-oriented Frankie and Annette/AIP beach party movies during the early-to-mid ’60s, beginning with Beach Party (as one of “the Mice”) and Muscle Beach Party (“Lisa, Muscle Girl”).

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Ms. Nelson memorably played the wise-cracking “South Dakota Slim,” a member of the leather-clad Rat Pack, in Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, and Beach Blanket Bingo.

She also played “Puss” in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (and also appeared in Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine as “Reject #12).

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Described as the “Eve Arden of the motorcycle set” by the Sixties Cinema blog, she also made numerous appearances on ’60s-era episodic TV shows like “The Andy Griffith Show” (playing “Flora Malherbe,” a waitress sweet on George Lindsay’s “Goober”), “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and “Peyton Place.”

The Wild Scene was her last acting job. She died on April 29, 2006.

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Nancy Czar (born Nancy Jean Czarnecki) is best known for her roles as “Vickie” the dancer in Wild Guitar (1962), the leopard-skin bikini-clad bathing beauty in Girl Happy (1965), and bubble-headed sexpot “Gloria Jones” in Winter A-Go-Go (1965).

An Olympic ice skater, Czar quit acting in 1970 — The Wild Scene was also her last movie — and became a coach to the South Korean figure skating team!

In 1986, she became an honorary US consulate in Bangladesh, India, serving in that capacity until 1995.

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Watch The Wild Scene — involving Hippies! Incest! High School Hookers! Drug Parties! Lesbians! Free Love! Suicide! & More! — on Night Flight Plus!

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.