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Juvenile Jungle (1958)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 24 April 1958 (USA)
A planned kidnapping goes awry when the gang leader falls for the victim.


William Witney


Arthur T. Horman (original screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Corey Allen ... Hal McQueen
Rebecca Welles Rebecca Welles ... Glory
Richard Bakalyan ... Tic-Tac
Anne Whitfield Anne Whitfield ... Carolyn Elliot
Joe Di Reda Joe Di Reda ... Monte
Joe Conley ... Duke
Walter Coy ... John Elliot
Taggart Casey Taggart Casey ... Lt. Milford
Hugh Lawrence ... Officer Ed Ellis
Leon Tyler Leon Tyler ... Ballpark usher
Harvey Grant Harvey Grant ... Pete
Louise Arthur Louise Arthur ... Mrs. Elliot


Punks and petty-thieves Hal McQueen, "Tic-Tac" and Monte do some intricate planning in order to get their hands on a large payroll which, first calls for the kidnapping of the daughter, Carolyn Elliott, of a liquor store owner. McQueen sees the light, and Carolyn learns that romance can overcome the most Herculean of obstacles, even that of being a kidnap victim. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A girl delinquent...A jet-propelled gang...Out for fast kicks!


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Release Date:

24 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Giovani gangsters See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Coronado Pictures Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Uncredited film debut of Robert Conrad. See more »

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24 November 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

No need to recap the kidnapping plot, which I couldn't do anyway. Good thing there's no truth in advertising in Hollywood. At best, the movie's so-called "juveniles" are in their 20's and 30's (e.g. Welles). Reviewer Elliot is right— when not plain silly, the plot makes little sense. It's like the writers forgot from one day to the next. Then too, gang members DiReda (Monte) and Welles (Glory) ham it up like bargain day at Farmer John's, while Allen (Hal) appears bored with the whole idea. On the plus side are hoodlum super-star Richard Bakalyan as Tic-Tac and goofy looking Joe Conley as Duke. Between them, they provide amusing character color. At the same time, the gang's febrile antics are about as predictable as next week's weather. Nonetheless, veteran director Witney keeps things moving, so there's little time to dwell on the general nuttiness. All in all, I'm not sure what Republic was reaching for, but they should have stuck with their specialty, kids' westerns. Good thing these over-age delinquents are never boring, just like those great old matinée heroes.

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