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Teen-Age Crime Wave (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | November 1955 (USA)
A delinquent girl involves an innocent friend in an armed robbery followed by a jail-break and hostage-taking with her equally delinquent boyfriend.



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Complete credited cast:
Mike Denton
Molly McCart ...
Terry Marsh (as Mollie McCart)
Jane Koberly
Frank Griffin ...
Benjamin David 'Ben' Grant
Thomas Paul Grant
Kay Riehl ...
Sarah Wayne Grant
Guy Kingsford ...
Mr. Koberly
State Police Sgt. Connors (as Larry Blake)


A propaganda film intended to highlight the growing problem of juvenile crime. Jane Koberly, present during a robbery, is falsely convicted of being an accessory. While being taken with her companion, Terry Marsh, to an industrial school on the week of Thanksgiving, Terry's boyfriend springs them both. With the police hot on their tail, they take over a farmhouse and terrorize the family within (the Grants) while waiting for a co-conspirator to arrive with money and transport. While waiting, the boyfriend becomes more psychotic as Terry starts putting the moves on the Grants's son (to make some kind of point), and Mr. Grant takes solace from the Bible. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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The shocking drama of today's teenage terror Out of the Sidewalk Jungle...The Terrifying Story of our Teenagers Gone Wrong! See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

November 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jail Bait  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


An advertising campaign tried to promote Molly McCart's short haircut as the next fashion, but it failed to catch on. See more »


Jane Koberly: You're dirt, Terry. He'd never touch you!
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teen-Age Crime Wave (1994) See more »

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You're dirt, Terry
30 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles CA) – See all my reviews

This film made for a hilarious MST3K show, so I'm kind of surprised no one has commented on it yet. At any rate, It's a fairly typical "juvenile crime" flick of the fifties that might hold your interest on it's own. The actress who plays the good girl is a real dish; and the character of Terry makes the film somewhat ahead of it's time in that the movie asks for sympathy for her despite the fact that She is really, really mean. These movies where a gun is held on the good people by the bad guys can rate some suspense in spite of themselves. Kind of fun in any case, and it uses the Griffith Park planetarium just like in "Rebel Without a Cause".

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