Al Roberts writes a gossip column for the Daily Express. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets into a little difficulty with a hood named Goebel who... See full summary »
Pretty Bobby Halevy loves Rims Rosson, a dreamer and inventor without much going for him. Rims has a scheme of going to Manila to turn hemp into silk and become rich. But when one of her ... See full summary »
Short documentary presents the case that local schools in poor rural communities of Appalachia must provide an education that will improve people's lives directly such as how to farm correctly and what to plant so that they may eat better.
Sent by President Lincoln to prevent an outlaw band from hampering the war effort, secret agent Red Colton is ambushed and his identity papers stolen, setting him up to be accused by the ... See full summary »
The body of an unknown woman turns up in a stolen car abandoned in a New York park, and the only clue the detectives on the case have to work from is the tattoo on her arm, and the fact ... See full summary »
This Cold War era documentary describes the building of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, a string of radar stations across Alaska and Canada north of the Arctic Circle meant to protect against air attacks coming over the North Pole.
The mother of thirteen year-old Andrew passed away three days ago, leaving him under the care of his stepfather, who is not a cruel man but an uncaring and non-understanding one. Andrew's mother was his ideal guide in a world that has been less than hospitable to their poor and broken family. His inability to bring his mother back - which he thought he could do by fixing her beloved radio - coupled with being ashamed of the family's poverty, which in turn results in ridicule by his classmates, leads Andrew to rebel against the world around him. Any hope of Andrew getting over this traumatic period in his life will depend on the caring of individuals who understand what he is going through, these people who include the school counselor and a psychologist.Written by
Like many films produced and directed by Sid Davis, this one was recorded silently. The sound was recorded later and synched to fit the picture; in many cases, Arthur Swerdloff, the editor, cut to another shot to allow him to re-sync the audio and the video. See also, Gang Boy (1954). See more »
[Prologue]Acknowledgement We gratefully acknowledge the valuable contributions made to this film by Mildred Malm, Psychologist, Karl Holton, Probation Officer, Harold S. Hodge, Consultant in Child Welfare, and Judge William B. McKesson of Los Angeles County; by Dan Persuit, Delinquency Control Institute, University of Southern California; and by the Police Department of Inglewood, California. This story is based on a case history. See more »
As other reviewers note, Age 13 seems rigid, clunky and stiffly acted from a 21st-century perspective. However, it may have had wide distribution and a very important and positive impact for viewers at the time.
For me, it was interesting to try and imagine some of the other things that might have been in the minds of people while seeing this kind of material in the mid-1950s. The Korean war? Reconstructing Germany? The music of Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, Little Richard, Duke Ellington or Jackie Wilson? Only someone old enough to remember can really know. Also interesting for me is how Age 13 portrays the institutional approach to child psychoanalysis and psychotherapy at the time. How much things had changed, even twenty years later.
The fantastical runaway sequence, starting at 21 minutes, was reminiscent of the final scene of Francois Truffaut's 400 Blows ('Les 400 Coups') of 1959, in which the troubled young protagonist also flees his environment - but ending with sadness and ambiguity rather than the convenient settling down and happy ending that is cosily portrayed here.
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