Young and Wild (1958)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  24 April 1958 (USA)
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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:
Gene Evans ...
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
Morris Ankrum ...
Police Capt. Egan
Wendell Holmes ...
Lewis J. Christopher
John Zaremba ...
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 <>

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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)  »

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Juventud perdida  »

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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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Juvenile Delinquents Menace Suburbia
19 November 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Catch that opening. Looks like the movie wants "wild" right up front. Teen hoodlums led by Braden (Marlowe) bounce off people at the drive-in like berserk pinballs. From the git-go, it's hard to see how these characters are still on the loose. But then the only thing 1950's middle-class Americans feared more than Hollywood's juvenile delinquents was the spread of the Red Menace.

In that same vein, Marlowe makes a truly detestable sneering punk. Along with Richard Bakalyan, he qualifies as a punk super-star from the 50's. Here, Braden and his two buddies terrorize the sweet teen-age Valerie (Kearney), her boyfriend Jerry (Arthur), and her mom and dad. Trouble is that on a reckless spree, the hoodlums hit-and-run and old woman, and now the cops want them. But will the terrorized Valerie and Jerry testify against them. That's the crux.

Actor Evans brings uncommon sensitivity to the role of detective-sergeant on Braden's trail. It's real testimony to his professionalism that he would perform so ably in a teen flick like this. I hope there's a special place in Hollywood heaven for actors like him. And catch Weston Gavin mugging it up as hoodlum Allie (I think). I kept confusing his looks with In Cold Blood's (1967) Robert Blake. There is a strong resemblance.

Veteran director Witney manages to keep things moving, while I'm still savoring that testy exchange between the lordly Morris Ankrum (the captain) and the calmly effective Evans. It's a nifty little dust-up. And speaking of adults, catch veteran radio voice Wendell Holmes as the unprincipled alibi provider. I still remember him from the 1940's Mr. District Attorney.

Anyway, the movie amounts to an engaging little teen flick distinguished by a good cast, and on the whole, better than I expected.

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