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Young and Wild (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 24 April 1958 (USA)
Teenpage punk-hoodlums, Rick Braden, "Allie" Allison and "BeeJay" Phillips, steal a car and embark on a tragic joyride. While cruising around they run another car into a ditch, strike down ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Det. Sgt. Fred Janusz
Richard Edward 'Rick' Braden
Carolyn Kearney ...
Valerie Whitman
Jerry Coltrin
Weston Gavin ...
'Allie' Allison (as James Kevin)
Tom Gilson ...
Bruce 'Beejay' Phillips
David Whitman
Emlen Davies ...
Mrs. Whitman
Police Capt. Egan
Wendell Holmes ...
Lewis J. Christopher
Sgt. Larsen


Teenpage punk-hoodlums, Rick Braden, "Allie" Allison and "BeeJay" Phillips, steal a car and embark on a tragic joyride. While cruising around they run another car into a ditch, strike down a woman pedestrian, and then assault Valarie Whitman and beat up her boyfriend, Jerry Coltrin. Valarie's parents demand immediate action on the part of the police but that is hindered when the thugs threaten further harm to Valarie and Jerry, Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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joyride | thug | ditch | cruising | assault | See All (39) »


The Scorching, Reckless JOY RIDES of Wild Girls of the Road!


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

24 April 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juventud perdida  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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In 1958, Republic Pictures released this film on a double bill with Juvenile Jungle (1958) and the tag line "The SWITCH BLADE and HOT WIRE SET!" Both films boasted of being "in Naturama". See more »

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Much better than you'd suspect.
19 November 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Currently, the picture on IMDb for this film appears to be some sort of porno film--NOT "Young and Wild"! Also, like most 'youth run wild' films of the era, the teens in this film are well into their 20s--and near 30 in some cases.

The film begins with three punks stealing a car and going joyriding. However, this isn't the end of it by any means. Next, they attack a young couple--beating the boy and nearly raping the girl. On their way from this little frivolity, they run over a woman--killing her instantly. Clearly, these young men are thugs--and not just the kinda bad guys from most 50s movies of this genre. When the police investigate, the punks are able to concoct an alibi but they later seek out the young couple--to make sure they don't identify them in a police lineup. And, after being beaten up again and threatened at knifepoint, it's not surprising that they recant their initial identifications. Not surprisingly, this only emboldens the punks. What's next? See this gritty film for yourself.

This film actually surprised me. While it clearly appeared to be just another film about those crazy youths, it was far deeper and far better. It was NOT just another mindless exploitation film but a well-crafted low-budget film.

By the way, look for the young cop during the interrogation scene--it's Gavin MacLeod.

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