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Director  Philip Leacock
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Music director  George Duning
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama
Running time  1h 20m
Country  United States
13 West Street movie poster
Release date  1962
Based on  The Tiger Among Us (1957) by Leigh Brackett
Writer  Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay), Robert Presnell Jr. (screenplay), Leigh Brackett (novel)
Screenplay  Bernard C. Schoenfeld, Robert Presnell Jr.
Cast  Alan Ladd (Walt Sherill), Rod Steiger (Detective Sergeant Koleski), Michael Callan (Chuck), Dolores Dorn (Tracey Sherill), Kenneth MacKenna (Paul Logan), Margaret Hayes (Mrs. Landry)
Similar movies  Perros Callejeros, Faster, Faster, Candy Razors, Street Warriors II, Perras callejeras, Colegas
Tagline  EVIL ENTERS THE HOUSE AT 13 WEST STREET... IT'S SHOCKING AS A SCREAM IN THE NIGHT!!!!

13 West Street is a 1962 American black-and-white drama film starring Rod Steiger and Alan Ladd. It was based on the novel The Tiger Among Us (1957) by Leigh Brackett, who called the film "very, very dull".

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This was the last leading role in a film for Ladd before his death at age 50. He appeared in only one more movie, The Carpetbaggers in 1964, in a supporting role. This was also Kenneth MacKenna's last film.

Plot

For no discernible reason, scientist Walt Sherill is assaulted and viciously beaten by a group of well-dressed young men. When the police, including investigating officer Detective Koleski, are in his opinion too slow in finding the culprits, Sherill decides to go after them on his own.

A private investigator's work leads him to Chuck Landry, the gang's leader. Sherill's non-stop search for revenge causes one member of the gang to commit suicide. Landry counters by kidnapping Sherill's wife, Tracey, and the private eye is killed.

Sherill goes directly to the boy's home and beats him savagely. On the verge of killing him, Sherill finally relents, turning Landry over to Koleski to be placed under arrest.

Cast

  • Alan Ladd as Walt Sherill
  • Rod Steiger as Detective Sergeant Koleski
  • Michael Callan as Chuck Landry
  • Dolores Dorn as Tracey Sherill
  • Kenneth MacKenna as Paul Logan
  • Margaret Hayes as Mrs. Landry
  • Stanley Adams as Finney
  • Chris Robinson as Everett
  • Jeanne Cooper as Mrs. Quinn
  • Arnold Merritt as Bill
  • Mark Slade as Tommy
  • Henry Beckman as Joe Bradford
  • Production

    Leigh Brackett's novel The Tiger Among Us was originally published in 1957. Film rights were purchased by producer Charles Schnee, who had just left MGM and signed a deal with Columbia Pictures. He hired John Michael Hayes to write the script. John Wayne was announced as a possible star.

    It was then reported that Valentine Davies was working on the script, which had been retitled Fear No Evil. Production plans were delayed when Schnee announced he was leaving Columbia, claiming he was unable to get any of his films in development made because of "almost insurmountable casting difficulties."

    The project stayed with Columbia and was assigned to producer Boris Kaplan. Roger Presnell wrote a version of the script. Philip Leacock was given the job as director and Alan Ladd and Rod Steiger were cast in the leads.

    The title The Tiger Among Us was changed out of fear audiences might expect a jungle film. The new title was 13 East Street then Alan Ladd requested "east" be changed to "west". "The story concerns a teenage gang from Los Angeles east side but I suggested the locale be switched to the swank purlieu of Bel Air," said Ladd. "I have nothing against Bel Air but I want to show that juvenile delinquency can breed in exclusive areas too."

    Filming started April 1961.

    References

    13 West Street Wikipedia
    13 West Street IMDb 13 West Street themoviedb.org


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