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Juvenile Jungle (1958)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 24 April 1958 (USA)
A planned kidnapping goes awry when the gang leader falls for the victim.


William Witney


Arthur T. Horman (original screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Corey Allen ... Hal McQueen
Rebecca Welles Rebecca Welles ... Glory
Richard Bakalyan ... Tic-Tac
Anne Whitfield Anne Whitfield ... Carolyn Elliot
Joe Di Reda Joe Di Reda ... Monte
Joe Conley ... Duke
Walter Coy ... John Elliot
Taggart Casey Taggart Casey ... Lt. Milford
Hugh Lawrence ... Officer Ed Ellis
Leon Tyler Leon Tyler ... Ballpark usher
Harvey Grant Harvey Grant ... Pete
Louise Arthur Louise Arthur ... Mrs. Elliot


Punks and petty-thieves Hal McQueen, "Tic-Tac" and Monte do some intricate planning in order to get their hands on a large payroll which, first calls for the kidnapping of the daughter, Carolyn Elliott, of a liquor store owner. McQueen sees the light, and Carolyn learns that romance can overcome the most Herculean of obstacles, even that of being a kidnap victim. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A girl delinquent...A jet-propelled gang...Out for fast kicks!


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Release Date:

24 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Giovani gangsters See more »

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Production Co:

Coronado Pictures Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Uncredited film debut of Robert Conrad. See more »

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24 June 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Juvenile Jungle (1958)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Republic got in on the juvenile craze of the post-REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE era with this rather silly kidnapping flick. Hal McQueen (Corey Allen) gets wrapped up with a gang of misfits, led by Monte (Joe DiReda) and soon they plan to kidnap the rich Carolyn Elliot (Anne Whitfield) and blackmail her father. Everything is going as planned but soon Hal and Carolyn fall in love and when he tries to back out of the plan it doesn't sit well with the gang. JUVENILE JUNGLE isn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but if you're a fan of the genre then I think you'll have a good time with it. The movie is certainly cheesy and rather moronic at times but the most important thing is that it goes by extremely quick and it's a lot of fun. I think the real key to the film are the performances. No, none of them are Oscar worthy and most of them cause laughs but I think each of the actors really deliver a memorable character. Allen comes across good as the bad guy turned good and DiReda is a riot as the leader of the 100% bad guys. Rebecca Welles is also a blast playing the female gang member who goes crazy throughout the movie and this added a lot of camp value and laughs. Richard Bakalyan was also fun as Tic-Tac. Whitfield also a very memorable moment during the first portion of the string when she witnesses a fight and her facial reactions are just priceless. The dialogue is full of fun as well as the kids are constantly trying to sound hip but of course today it just comes off silly. There are some good fist fights along the way and even a catfight towards the end. JUVENILE JUNGLE isn't going to make you forget James Dean but it's a fun little movie.

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