13 Frightened Girls

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13 Frightened Girls
Directed by William Castle
Produced by William Castle
Screenplay by Robert Dillon
Story by Otis L. Guernsey Jr.
Starring
Music by Van Alexander
Cinematography Gordon Avil
Edited by Edwin H. Bryant
Production
company
William Castle Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 1963 (1963-07)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

13 Frightened Girls (also known as The Candy Web) is a 1963 Pathécolor Cold War spy film directed and produced by William Castle. Kathy Dunn stars as a teenage sleuth who finds herself embroiled in international espionage.

Castle was famous for promoting his films with gimmicks, and this one was no exception. He generated publicity by advertising for girls from 13 different countries to compete for parts as daughters of diplomats. Not all of the girls were from the countries they represented (for example, Judy Pace was an American, not a Liberian). Also, there were 15 girls in all.

Premise[edit]

After a 16-year-old girl Candy Hull (Kathy Dunn) develops a crush on an intelligence agent Wally Sanders (Murray Hamilton), she helps him to uncover a plot against the United States.

Cast[edit]

  • Murray Hamilton as Wally Sanders
  • Kathy Dunn as Candace "Candy" Hull (United States)
  • Joyce Taylor as Soldier
  • Hugh Marlowe as John Hull
  • Khigh Dhiegh as Kang
  • Charlie Briggs as Mike
  • Norma Varden as Miss Pittford
  • Garth Benton as Peter Van Hagen
  • María Cristina Servera (Argentina)
  • Janet Mary Prance (Australia)
  • Penny Anne Mills (Canada)
  • Alexandra Bastedo as Alex (England) (as Alexandra Lendon Bastedo)
  • Ariane Glaser (France)
  • Ilona Schütze as Ilona (Germany)
  • Anna Baj (Italy)
  • Aiko Sakamoto (Japan)
  • Gina Trikonis as Natasha (Russia)
  • Judy Pace (Liberia)
  • Luz Gloria Hervias (Mexico)
  • Marie-Louise Bielke (Sweden)
  • Ignacia Farias Luque (Venezuela)
  • Lynne Sue Moon as Mai-Ling (China)
  • Emil Sitka as Ludwig (uncredited)

Reception[edit]

Bosley Crowther of The New York Times noted that "The young Mata Hari is vigorously played by pretty Kathy Dunn" and suggested that the film would be a good double bill with another Columbia release, Gidget Goes to Rome.[1] Keith Phipps of The A.V. Club called it "a fun cold war relic".[2]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD in 2009 as part of The William Castle Film Collection.[3] Also, Sony released a DVD of the film by itself.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crowther, Bosley (September 12, 1963). "Gidget Goes to Rome (1963)". The New York Times. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ Phipps, Keith (November 11, 2009). "The William Castle Film Collection". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ Mike Clark (November 1, 2009). "New on DVD: 'Z,' 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' and 'Easy Rider'". USA Today. 

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