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13 Frightened Girls! (1963)

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While attending a school for diplomats' daughters, the teen-aged daughter of the American ambassador uses her access to various embassies to engage in espionage.

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Thirteen girls in a Swiss boarding school, particularly one Candace Hull ("Kitten", "Candy"), stir up trouble on their vacation as they mess with the diplomatic affairs of their elders and get into serious trouble when a Russian spy is discovered murdered. Written by Robert B. DeSalvo <rdesalvo@earthlink.net>

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13 TERRIFIED TEENAGERS ON THE RUN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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July 1963 (USA)  »

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Film debut of Judy Pace. See more »

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The title is "13 Frightened Girls!" but when counting them (multiple times) there are clearly 15. See more »

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Better movie under the title Candy's Web

I just discovered who William Castle is, and even though I've seen and loved Rosemary's Baby, which he produced, I wanted to see the B-movies he's famous for, and this turned out to be a good start.

The movie is about an American teenage girl who goes to a boarding school for the daughters of diplomats. When the spy who works for her father, and she has a crush on is in danger of losing his job, she decides to use her connection to the international students to gather Intel and secretly complete his missions, thus becoming a super spy called the kitten. It's an absolute great premise that was flushed out brilliantly by William Castle.

Interesting concept to the movie is the fact that a girl went to such great lengths for a man she has a crush on. Usually it's the other way around in these types of movies, but Castle was ahead of his time with this concept cause not even in today's film making do you see many stories like that. I feel like I'm almost insulting Castle by saying it's the greatest Disney movie they never made, but in all honesty, this is the movie that Disney should have made. Although they would have to change a few scenes as there are times when in her "missions" it looks like she's going to get raped or murdered and she also causes the death of another spy. So maybe it should not be a Disney movie because part of the charm is the fact that we are shown vividly what a dangerous game this little girl is playing, and Disney would screw that up.

Another interesting concept of the movie is that in a time when espionage was all about cool gadgets and cool dudes, the movie was more realistic of the concept. Wally Sanders, the spy Candy The kitten was crushing on is just a regular guy whose job was to gather Intel, though he did use microfilm, which feels outdated when you can take a picture on your cell phone, he was no James Bond by far, except in the eyes of a teenage girl.

Don't let the title fool you. 13 Frighten Girls! Was a title given to cash in on William Castle's status as a Horror Icon. This is relevant with the trailer that makes it seem like a movie about 13 girls trapped in a school being terrorized by enemy agents. In fact, the only other girl with an actual role to play in this movie is Mai-Ling, Candy's friend whose uncle is a Chinese diplomat, which would automatically make her an enemy during the 1960s, but the two girls manage a friendship despite. See it was made for Disney.

My advice to you is to go see this movie before someone at Disney reads this and decides to remake it. This way, when it comes out and it sucks you'll be able to tell everyone it's not better than the original.


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