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Teen-Age Crime Wave (1955)

Approved | | Crime , Drama | November 1955 (USA)
A delinquent girl involves an innocent friend in an armed robbery followed by a jail-break and hostage-taking with her equally delinquent boyfriend.


Fred F. Sears


Ray Buffum (story), Ray Buffum (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Tommy Cook ... Mike Denton
Molly McCart Molly McCart ... Terry Marsh (as Mollie McCart)
Sue England ... Jane Koberly
Frank Griffin Frank Griffin ... Benjamin David 'Ben' Grant
James Bell ... Thomas Paul Grant
Kay Riehl Kay Riehl ... Sarah Wayne Grant
Guy Kingsford Guy Kingsford ... Mr. Koberly
Larry J. Blake ... State Police Sgt. Connors (as Larry Blake)


A propaganda film intended to highlight the growing problem of juvenile crime. Jane Koberly, present during a robbery, is falsely convicted of being an accessory. While being taken with her companion, Terry Marsh, to an industrial school on the week of Thanksgiving, Terry's boyfriend springs them both. With the police hot on their tail, they take over a farmhouse and terrorize the family within (the Grants) while waiting for a co-conspirator to arrive with money and transport. While waiting, the boyfriend becomes more psychotic as Terry starts putting the moves on the Grants's son (to make some kind of point), and Mr. Grant takes solace from the Bible. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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CRIME OF OUR TIMES "Over 25% of the crimes committed in this country are perpetrated by teenagers"...Only an aroused public can put an end to this. We hope this picture will open your eyes. See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jail Bait See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Clover Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The actors portraying "teenagers" Mike, Terry, and Jane were age 25, 26, and 27, respectively. See more »


Jane Koberly: Turn it off!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Girls Town (1994) See more »

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30 April 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It must have been impossible for tourists and even working astronomers to study the stars from Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles that year with two films being done on location there. One of them became a classic and of course that's Rebel Without A Cause.

Then there's Teenage Crime Wave which seems to have been based somewhat on the Charles Starkweather/Caril Ann Fugate story. Starkweather and Fugate were a pair of thrill kill seeking young people who went a murder spree around this same period.

Tommy Cook who was trying to establish himself in adult roles at the time plays a kid who sets his girl friend, Molly McCart free as she's going to jail for robbery. A second girl, Sue England, is also freed and she becomes the Patty Hearst of the piece, ostensibly trapped by circumstances with these two punks. The film is about their escapades and eventual downfall at Griffith Park Observatory.

Cook and McCart are really a pair without any redeeming value unlike even the hoodlum kids in Rebel Without A Cause. The dialog and the situation will give you a chuckle and at times border on the hilarious.

It's like Reefer Madness with guns.

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