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13 West Street (1962)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 6 June 1962 (USA)
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An aerospace engineer (Ladd) ignores a policeman (Steiger) and hunts down a gang of juvenile delinquents.

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Philip Leacock

Writers:

Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay), Robert Presnell Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Walt Sherill
Rod Steiger ... Detective Sergeant Pete Koleski
Michael Callan ... Chuck Landry
Dolores Dorn ... Tracey Sherill
Kenneth MacKenna ... Paul Logan
Margaret Hayes ... Mrs. Madeleine Landry
Stanley Adams ... Finney
Chris Robinson ... Everett Bush
Jeanne Cooper ... Mrs. Quinn
Arnold Merritt ... Bill Quinn
Mark Slade ... Tommy
Henry Beckman ... Joe Bradford
Clegg Hoyt Clegg Hoyt ... Noddy
Adam Roarke ... Jack (as Jordan Gerler)
Robert Cleaves Robert Cleaves ... Doctor
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Storyline

Walt Sherill is a mild-mannered space engineer who is a victim of a vicious "for kicks" assault by a teen-age gang. Increasingly obsessed by his desire for revenge, Sherill embarks on a manhunt of his own, and hampers the efforts of Detective Sergeant Pete Koleski, consequently causing some avoidable deaths. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink-net>

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Evil Enters a Street of Sin! See more »

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

13 East Street See more »

Filming Locations:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ladd Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Ladd and Margaret Hayes had previously shared the screen in The Glass Key (1942) 20 years earlier, They do not have a scene together in this film. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, Alan Ladd's car runs out of gas and he parks it and walks a block before he is attacked by the gang. When the gang drives away, Ladd's car is no longer seen on the street. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Landry: Who you calling a stupid idiot?
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Pretty good--and a good way for Ladd to wrap up his career
14 August 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

As Alan Ladd's last starring role, this was a pretty good way to finish his all-too-short career. While it's not the best thing he ever did, it is one of his better films. Unfortunately, for me, a real fan of Ladd, it's also a bit tough to watch because he's obviously suffering the effects of advanced alcoholism--with a puffy look about him and slightly slurred speech. In addition, at times his performance was a bit limp--though at other times, particularly at the end, he was able to rouse some of that old Alan Ladd energy and anger.

The film is about a decent man who through no fault of his own is badly beaten by a group of young spoiled rich thugs. The problem is that the information on who did this was scant so catching the thugs looked uncertain. Plus Ladd had a lot of trouble getting on with his life--particularly when members of this little gang began threatening him and his wife. From that point on, Ladd is a bit like Captain Ahab--with an almost incessant need to find and punish the teens. Surprisingly, Rod Steiger underplays the role of a decent detective who is investigating the case (he sometimes seemed to overact in some films--here he was perfect). He's trying his best to find the boys AND keep Ladd from getting himself in trouble for being a vigilante.

Add to this basic plot decent acting, a very good and suspenseful script as well as a very adult plot for 1962 and you've got the formula for a very good drama--far better than many of the mediocre films Ladd had been making through much of the 1950s and 60s.


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