13 West Street

13 West Street

Director: Philip Leacock

Cast: Alan Ladd, Rod Steiger, Michael Callan

     
 

Leaning heavily on violence to ostensibly deliver a pacifist message, this standard drama by Philip Leacock looks at the problem of teen gangs from a slightly different angle -- these teens are all wealthy. Everything starts off when aerospace engineer Walt Sherill (Alan Ladd) is accosted and severely beaten by a group of young punks. The victimized man decides to… See more details below

Overview

Leaning heavily on violence to ostensibly deliver a pacifist message, this standard drama by Philip Leacock looks at the problem of teen gangs from a slightly different angle -- these teens are all wealthy. Everything starts off when aerospace engineer Walt Sherill (Alan Ladd) is accosted and severely beaten by a group of young punks. The victimized man decides to hunt down the thugs on his own, at first just for curiosity and then increasingly for vengeance. His actions spark retaliatory measures, and before the credits roll, the body count is elevated by a few more victims in what amounts to nothing more than a blood feud. In the end, justice of the legal and politically correct sort makes a token appearance.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A slightly below-average vengeance melodrama, 13 West Street is a precursor of later vigilante pictures such as Death Wish. It's also the next-to-last film for Alan Ladd, who at this point in his career was pretty much just going through the motions. Certainly that's the case here; Ladd's performance is distressingly dispirited. He's playing a man driven by anger, but what Ladd gives us is the appearance of anger; he looks far older than his actual age, and he simply seems tired. He tries to pull out the stops for some of his big scenes, but it's effort-filled and unconvincing. Rod Steiger is better as the policeman that is trying to do his job, but it's not the actors' best performance. The younger members of the cats have energy and vitality, and that goes along way here. Dolores Dorn is only adequate as Ladd's wife. Philip Leacock's direction is efficient but uninteresting. There are a few interesting ideas tossed about in West's screenplay, but not enough to raise the film into the "good" category.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2011
UPC:
0043396388888
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Time:
1:19:00
Sales rank:
59,228

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Ladd Walt Sherill
Rod Steiger Detective Sgt. Koleski
Michael Callan Chuck Landry
Dolores Dorn Tracey Sherill
Kenneth MacKenna Paul Logan
Maggie Hayes Mrs. Landry
Stanley Adams Finney
Chris Robinson Everett
Jeanne Cooper Mrs. Quinn
Arnold Merritt Bill
Mark Slade Tommy
Henry Beckman Joe Bradford
Clegg Hoyt Noddy
Jordan Gerler Jack
Robert Cleaves Doctor
Pepe Hern Mexican
Frank Gerstle Mr. Johnson
Bernie Hamilton Negro
Ted Knight Baldwin
Olan Soule Actor

Technical Credits
Philip Leacock Director
William Bloom Producer
Leigh Brackett Screenwriter
Al Clark Editor
George Duning Score Composer
Walter Holscher Art Director
Ben Lane Makeup
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Pat Page Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Presnell Screenwriter
Bernard Schoenfeld Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 13 West Street
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [9:59]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [9:49]

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