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Live Fast, Die Young (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | April 1958 (USA)
Two teen sisters leave their no-good father for a lurid life on the road.

Director:

Paul Henreid

Writers:

Allen Rivkin (screenplay), Ib Melchior (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Murphy ... Kim Winters / Narrator
Norma Eberhardt ... Jill Winters
Mike Connors ... Rick (as Michael Connors)
Sheridan Comerate Sheridan Comerate ... Jerry
Peggy Maley ... Sue Hawkins
Jay Jostyn Jay Jostyn ... Fred Knox
Troy Donahue ... Artie Sanders / Artie Smith
Carol Varga ... Violet
Joan Marshall ... Judy Tobin
Gordon Jones ... Pop Winters
Robert Karnes ... Tommy 'Tubbs' Thompson
Robert Carson ... Frank Castellani
John McNamara John McNamara ... Judge
John Harmon ... Jake (hobo)
Norman Leavitt ... Sam, Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

Two sisters live in a dysfunctional family in a California town. The elder, "nice" Kim, was sexually abused and hates men. Rebellious teen Jill is fed-up generally and runs away, finding her niche as a B-girl and sex-kitten working her way to Vegas. Kim leaves her job and goes in search of Jill, meeting her own misadventures en route; but by this time Jill's wanted for robbery. Will she live fast and die young? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seeds of Violence See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In France, only distributed in the provinces. See more »

Quotes

Judge: This court places you on probation until you reach the age of twenty one, on condition however that you place yourselves in custody and under the control of the State Youth Authority.
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Featured in Labyrinth of Passion (1982) See more »

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A crime is a crime only when your caught
22 October 2004 | by sol1218See all my reviews

***SPOILERS**** Wild and untamed youth of the 1950's USA is the story in this movie about young Jill Winters, Norma Eberhardt, who leaves home and school for the big time in a life of petty crime. That lifestyle leads to her hooking up with a gang of mail and jewel thieves who plan to knock off the local post office of a package that contains $150,000.00 in diamonds.

Jill started out rolling costumers in bars all along the California coast after getting them drunk. Jill has the customers buy her as well as themselves drinks, thinking that she'll go to bed with them, and then taking their money. In one case their car Jill ends up fencing some jewelry that she took off one of her victims and the fence tells her that she can get a job working with a gang of crooks led by Rick & Artie, Mike Connors & Troy Donahue. The two hoods specialize in stolen jewelry and electrical equipment selling the items to an eager public for a steep discount.

Arti and Jill get themselves jobs as Christmas help at the local post office where they can disarm the security alarm. Rick is later to barge in at closing time to rob the place of a package of $150,000.00 in diamonds thats being sent to that facility as registered mail. Meanwhile Jill's older sister Kim, Mary Murphy, leaves her drunken dad Pop Winters, Gordon Jones, behind and goes out looking for her little sister before she ends up in the clink or even worse.

Finding where Jill is with the help of a kindly and handsome truck driver Jerry, Sheridan Comerate, who earlier in the movie gave Jill a lift Kim finds her way to the town where Jill is staying at. Kim then together with Jill and Artie gets a job at the local post office for Christmas not to rob the place but to prevent her kid sister from doing it and ending up in a federal jail with a long prison sentence.

Decent story about restless youth in the 1950's America with Mary Murphy really good as Kim who has to deal with an unemployed and drunken father as well as a unstable and disturbed younger sister. All his while working six days a week as a waitress to put food on the table and beer in the fridge as the only bread winner in the family. Kim also has a phobia about men since one of her dad's drunken friends tried to put his hands on her when she was a teenager. It was her experience with the kindly and feeling Jerry that cured her of that fear.

At the end of the movie Jill is given a suspended sentence by the judge for the attempted robbery of the post office, which Kim prevent her as well as Rick and Artie of doing. We then see Kim and Jerry leave the courthouse hand in hand where now all three, Jill Kim & Jerry, can now new start a new life and forget about the past.


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