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Running Wild (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 December 1955 (USA)
A young rookie cop goes undercover to bust up an auto theft ring run by juvenile delinquents.


Abner Biberman


Ben Benson (novel), Leo Townsend




Complete credited cast:
William Campbell ... Ralph Barton
Mamie Van Doren ... Irma Bean
Keenan Wynn ... Ken Osanger
Kathleen Case ... Leta Novak
Jan Merlin ... Scotty Cluett
John Saxon ... Vince Pomeroy
Walter Coy ... Lt. Ed Newpole
Grayce Mills ... Osanger's Mother (as Grace Mills)
Chris Randall Chris Randall ... Arkie Nodecker
Michael Fox ... Delmar Graves
Will J. White ... State Trooper
Richard Castle Richard Castle ... Herbie
Otto Waldis ... Leta's Father


A young rookie cop goes undercover to bust up an auto theft ring run by juvenile delinquents.

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An enjoyable time-passer
18 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Running Wild" is a decent relatively low budget film starring William Campbell. Don't know who Campbell is? He starred in a few films here and there but mostly was a TV actor with a couple credits from the original "Star Trek" (playing the Squire of Gothos as well as a Klingon Captain in the Tribble episode). Here, he plays an undercover cop...one who pretends to be a dirtbag so that the local car theft gang will take him into their confidence and he can bust the gang. In addition to Campbell, there's also Mamie Van Doren (though billed second, she was noticeably absent from much of the picture), Keenan Wynn and John Saxon (in his first film).

So, is it any good? Yes...though I'd hardly say rush to see it. It's an agreeable time-passer and not nearly as salacious as I expected given that it's about 'youth run wild' and co-stars Van Doren.

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1 December 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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