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Release Date:
July 1963 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
13 TERRIFIED TEENAGERS ON THE RUN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Murray Hamilton ... Wally Sanders
Joyce Taylor ... Soldier

Hugh Marlowe ... John Hull
Khigh Dhiegh ... Kang
Charlie Briggs ... Mike the Chauffeur

Norma Varden ... Miss Pittford
Garth Benton ... Peter Van Hagen
María Cristina Servera ... Argentina
Janet Mary Prance ... Australia
Penny Anne Mills ... Canada
Alexandra Bastedo ... Alex - England (as Alexandra Lendon Bastedo)
Ariane Glaser ... France
Ilona Schütze ... Ilona - Germany
Anna Baj ... Italy
Aiko Sakamoto ... Japan
Gina Trikonis ... Natasha - Russia
Judy Pace ... Liberia
Luz Gloria Hervias ... Mexico
Marie-Louise Bielke ... Sweden
Ignacia Farias Luque ... Venezuela
Kathy Dunn ... Candace 'Candy' Hull
Lynne Sue Moon ... Mai-Ling - China
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alvar ... Fernando (uncredited)
James Dime ... Chess Player at Embassy (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Officer Chess Player at Embassy (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... English Hotel Housekeeper (uncredited)
Walter Rode ... Kagenescu (uncredited)
Emil Sitka ... Ludwig ... Girls School Caretaker (uncredited)

Directed by
William Castle 
 
Writing credits
Otis L. Guernsey Jr. (story)

Robert Dillon (writer)

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Dona Holloway .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Van Alexander 
 
Cinematography by
Gordon Avil (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
 
Art Direction by
Don Ament 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
Lanz 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Joe DiBella .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Jack Roe .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
 
Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Kathy Dunn
Jesse Wayne .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
89 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [William Castle] [gimmick]Audiences in the theater were given lickable lottery cards for a chance to win a prize.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The long shots of the school bus on the mountain road, both in the early scenes of it leaving the school and the later ones of its returning, show only two or three people in the bus, even though in the interior shots the bus is crowded with all the girls.See more »
Movie Connections:
References 13 Ghosts (1960)See more »

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In the U.S. version during the pre-credit sequence, Candy is driving the bus, but in releases in other parts of the world (England, Sweden, Germany, and others), different girls get to drive. Why?
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The Odd Man Out in the William Castle Box Set, 24 February 2010
Author: gavin6942 from United States

At a European school for diplomats daughters, Candice Hull (Kathy Dunn) is the American among a wide assortment of nationalities (more than thirteen, none of whom are frightened, despite the title). To help her friend keep his job as a spy, she secretly begins feeding him intelligence.

I have this film as part of thew William Castle Collection, a series of his 1960s horror films. "13 Frightened Girls" is not horror, has no real stars to speak of, and as already mentioned does not have thirteen frightened girls. What it does have is a very juvenile approach to Cold War espionage.

From the beginning, there's commie humor - with the Russia and China girls calling each other "comrades". And we find out that Red China apparently kills people and hides bodies in the embassy's kitchen, with no consequences. In fact, despite all the threats, death and illegal action, no one ever seems to hold anyone at fault. In a sense, it turns espionage into a kind of joke -- the threat of death is played down, even after a foreign spy is murdered. Candy never fully realizes what danger she is in, even when it's really obvious.

There's other oddities. There's an old man seduced by 16-year old Candy, though she ultimately fails. And the film has colors "like a Fauvist threw up all over the place", in the words of another reviewer. I wouldn't have made that connection, but sure enough... Henri Matisse could very well have painted the film cels.

The rumor is that Castle launched a worldwide hunt for the prettiest girls from 13 different countries to cast in the film. Oddly, none of them, even star Kathy Dunn, went on to do anything in the movie business. I'm not sure what this says about the film... how does everyone get overlooked? Anyway, the film is interesting. Not Castle's best work, probably not his worst. But if you want to see something outside the realm of PG-rated horror from Castle, this is the one you want. Geared more towards young adults, but enjoyable for anyone who wants to see a very unique perspective on Cold War spying.

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