GenreCrime, Drama Running time1h 20m CountryUnited States
Release date1962 Based onThe Tiger Among Us (1957) by Leigh Brackett WriterBernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay), Robert Presnell Jr. (screenplay), Leigh Brackett (novel) ScreenplayBernard C. Schoenfeld, Robert Presnell Jr. CastAlan Ladd (Walt Sherill), Rod Steiger (Detective Sergeant Koleski), Michael Callan (Chuck), Dolores Dorn (Tracey Sherill), Kenneth MacKenna (Paul Logan), Margaret Hayes (Mrs. Landry) Similar moviesPerros Callejeros, Faster, Faster, Candy Razors, Street Warriors II, Perras callejeras, Colegas
TaglineEVIL 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".
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.
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.
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
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."