CinematographyConrad L. Hall GenresDrama, Romance Film CountryUnited States
CastMichael Parks (Fargo), Celia Milius (Daphne), Ross Elliott (Mr. Collinge), Rupert Crosse (Hobo), Al Lettieri (Bartender) Release dateMay 5, 1965 (1965-05-05) (United States) WriterIke Jones (story), Lester Pine Similar moviesBreezy (1973), Sweet Jane (1998), Virtue (1932), The Boost (1988), I Found Stella Parish (1935)
Wild Seed is a 1965 film directed by Brian G. Hutton. The movie was shot in black and white and featured two young actors, Michael Parks in his first role and Celia Kaye who was also a new upcoming actress.
17-year-old Daphne Simms (Kaye) learns of her biological father from letters left by her deceased mother. She runs away from her New York home and adopted parents in search of her father in Los Angeles. Unaware of the dangers on the road she attempts to hitchhike but learns a valuable lesson early on. A seemingly nice middle-aged man offers her a ride then takes her into a deserted area where he tries to take advantage of her. She manages to escape but is left in the darkness in the middle of nowhere. She manages to find the main road and eventually reaches a gas station where she sits and plans her next move. It is here she meets Fargo (Parks). Initially wary of his attention they eventually spark up a conversation. Though it appears that Fargo’s intentions are to hustle her for money, she agrees to allow him to help her get to California. However, through run-ins with hobos and the police and a bout of illness while on their journey a close friendship is formed and they begin to have feelings for each other.
Upon arriving in L.A. Daphne finds her father but is left disappointed. Heading back to the hotel the two find Daphne’s parents awaiting her. They ask Daphne to accompany them back home, expressing forgiveness and a willingness to accept her new relationship with Fargo. Fargo refuses this request and leaves the hotel. However, as Fargo dejectedly watches the Simms’ bus pull off he hears Daphne’s voice calling him from behind and realizes that she has decided to stay with him. They walk off, hand in hand, into the night.
Michael Parks as Fargo
Celia Kaye as Daphne
Ross Elliott as Mr. Collinge
Woody Chambliss as Mr. Simms
Rupert Crosse as Hobo
Eva Novak as Mrs. Simms
Norman Burton as Policeman
Merritt Bohn as Constable
Al Lettieri as Bartender
The film was originally known as Daffy. The script was originally written in 1957 and sold to Marlon Brando's company. Initially considered as a starring vehicle for Brando, the actor was deemed too old for the part. The film was shot in 24 days. Producer Ruddy had two endings made, one with the lovers going their separate ways and the other with them staying together.