A troubled young teenager has trouble dealing with the death of his mother and his ill treatment by his stepfather.

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The mother of thirteen year-old Andrew passed away three days ago, leaving him under the care of his stepfather, who is not a cruel man but an uncaring and non-understanding one. Andrew's mother was his ideal guide in a world that has been less than hospitable to their poor and broken family. His inability to bring his mother back - which he thought he could do by fixing her beloved radio - coupled with being ashamed of the family's poverty, which in turn results in ridicule by his classmates, leads Andrew to rebel against the world around him. Any hope of Andrew getting over this traumatic period in his life will depend on the caring of individuals who understand what he is going through, these people who include the school counselor and a psychologist. Written by Huggo

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Like many films produced and directed by Sid Davis, this one was recorded silently. The sound was recorded later and synched to fit the picture; in many cases, Arthur Swerdloff, the editor, cut to another shot to allow him to re-sync the audio and the video. See also, Gang Boy (1954). See more »

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29 August 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Age 13 (1955)

*** (out of 4)

Interesting drama about a 13-year-old boy named Andrew (Michael Keslin) whose life turns upside down after his mother dies. He is forced to live with the stepfather who really doesn't understand him and soon the boy starts to turn violent and steal. Producer Sid Davis is probably the main source to a lot of the material here even though director/screenwriter Swerdloff gets most of the credit. As with other Davis shorts, this one here was shot silent and then narration and voice overs were added at a later time. I think this takes some away from the film because some of the dubbed voices just don't match with the actors on screen. With that said, this is still an impressive educational short that runs smoothly and quickly. The 27-minute running time flashes by thanks to a good performance by the young Keslin. The kid certainly isn't remembered today but he's still quite good here. The supporting players are a tad bit rough as is the entire film. The ultra low-budget makes for a more realistic picture, which is a good thing in a movie like this.


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