An aerospace engineer (Ladd) ignores a policeman (Steiger) and hunts down a gang of juvenile delinquents.


Philip Leacock


Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay), Robert Presnell Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Walt Sherill
Rod Steiger ... Detective Sergeant Pete Koleski
Michael Callan ... Chuck Landry
Dolores Dorn ... Tracey Sherill
Kenneth MacKenna ... Paul Logan
Margaret Hayes ... Mrs. Madeleine Landry
Stanley Adams ... Finney
Chris Robinson ... Everett Bush
Jeanne Cooper ... Mrs. Quinn
Arnold Merritt ... Bill Quinn
Mark Slade ... Tommy
Henry Beckman ... Joe Bradford
Clegg Hoyt Clegg Hoyt ... Noddy
Adam Roarke ... Jack (as Jordan Gerler)
Robert Cleaves Robert Cleaves ... Doctor


Walt Sherill is a mild-mannered space engineer who is a victim of a vicious "for kicks" assault by a teen-age gang. Increasingly obsessed by his desire for revenge, Sherill embarks on a manhunt of his own, and hampers the efforts of Detective Sergeant Pete Koleski, consequently causing some avoidable deaths. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink-net>

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The rocket launch failure at the beginning of the film is that of an Atlas SM-65 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. See more »


When private detective Finney is chasing the gang, they are shown passing the same sharp corner to the left twice - first from Finney's car and then from the gang's car. See more »


Walt Sherill: You know who he is. Arrest him.
Detective Sergeant Pete Koleski: Look Sherill, a boy just killed himself in there, do you understand that? So don't push me and don't get me sore. Just do yourself a favor and do me a favor: go home.
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Alan Ladd goes all Death Wish on some juvenile delinquents
1 August 2019 | by a_chinnSee all my reviews

Alan Ladd plays an aerospace engineer who is assaulted by a group of juvenile delinquents. Ladd ignores police detective Rod Steiger's advice to cool his jets and let the police investigate. Ladd instead buys a gun and hunts down the young punks. Based on a novel by Leigh Brackett, screenwriter of "The Big Sleep," "Rio Bravo," "The Long Goodbye," and "The Empire Strikes Back," the story is essentially a lighter version of Brian Garfield's "Death Wish." The punks are not as vicious and the vigilante is not as violent. Still, it's a solid thriller that does have an edge to it and Ladd is compelling in what would be his final leading man role. FUN FACT! At one point John Wayne was announced as a possible choice for the lead in this film after producer Charles Schnee had bought the film rights to the 1957 novel.

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Release Date:

6 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

13 East Street See more »

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Ladd Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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