Directed by Philip Dunne 
Produced by Jerry Wald 
Screenplay by Clifford Odets 
Based on The Lost Country by J. R. Salamanca 
Music by Kenyon Hopkins 
Cinematography William C. Mellor 
Editing by Dorothy Spencer 
Studio 20th Century Fox 
Distributed by 20th Century Fox 
Release date June 15, 1961
Running time 114 minutes 
Country United States 
Language English 
Budget $2,975,000


The movie starts off with Glenn Tyler getting into a fight with, and badly injuring, his drunken brother. A court releases him on probation into the care of his uncle in a small town, appointing Irene Sperry (Hope Lange) to give him psychological counselling. Marked as a trouble-maker, he is falsely suspected of various misdemeanors including an affair with Irene. Eventually shown to be innocent, he leaves to go to college and become a writer.


Elvis Presley as Glenn Tyler
Hope Lange as Irene Sperry
Tuesday Weld as Mrs. Noreen Martin
Millie Perkins as Betty Lee Parsons
Rafer Johnson as Davis
John Ireland as Phil Macy
Gary Lockwood as Cliff Macy
William Mims as Uncle Rolfe Braxton
Raymond Greenleaf as Dr. Underwood
Christina Crawford as Monica George
Robin Raymond as Flossie
Pat Buttram as Mr. Longstreet, the Mechanic
Jason Robards Sr. as Judge Tom Parker
Red West as Hank Tyler


Wild in the Country
by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss
Performed by Elvis Presley

I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley

In My Way
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley

Husky Dusky Day
Performed by Elvis Presley and Hope Lange

Lonely Man
Written by Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
Performed by Elvis Presley
(Written for movie but not used)

Forget Me Never
Performed by Elvis Presley
(Written for movie but not used)

Performed by Elvis Presley

Wild in the Country is a 1961 American drama film. Based on the 1958 novel The Lost Country by J. R. Salamanca, the film is about a troubled young man from a dysfunctional family who pursues a literary career. The screenplay was written by playwright Clifford Odets.