13 Frightened Girls


1h 29m 1963
13 Frightened Girls

Brief Synopsis

A diplomat's daughter gets mixed up in international intrigue and murder.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Candy Web
Genre
Spy
Release Date
Jul 1963
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
William Castle Pictures
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Path├ęcolor)

Synopsis

Candace Hull, teenaged daughter of an American diplomat working in London, arrives there on holiday from the Swiss boarding school she attends with other daughters of London-based diplomats. She visits Mai-Ling, niece of the Communist Chinese ambassador, and stumbles onto a major political secret involving a murder. To help CIA man Wally Sanders, upon whom she has a crush, she passes on this information and other espionage coups made possible by her freedom of movement at the various embassies. After a time Candace becomes known as "Kitten"--a much-hunted spy. Wally finally realizes that only Candace can be "Kitten," and the Chinese ambassador simultaneously comes to the same conclusion. Back at school in Switzerland, Candace faces assassination but, with the help of her classmates, is rescued by Wally.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Candy Web
Genre
Spy
Release Date
Jul 1963
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
William Castle Pictures
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Path├ęcolor)

Articles

13 Frightened Girls (1963) -


Never one to employ half measures, "King of the Gimmick" William Castle staged an international beauty contest to cast his espionage comedy 13 Frightened Girls! (1963). Forsaking the Gothic excesses of Macabre (1958), The House on Haunted Hill (1959), and The Tingler (1959), Castle and screenwriter Robert Dillon (who later penned the grueling French Connection II [1975]), working from an original story by film critic Otis L. Guernsey, Jr., camped onto the vogue for espionage films spawned by Eon Productions' James Bond franchise, starring Sean Connery. Set against the backdrop of several international capital cities (but filmed squarely on the Colombia Pictures backlot, with Lake Arrowhead doubling for Switzerland), 13 Frightened Girls! focuses on the Nancy Drew-like peregrinations of the teenage daughter (Kathy Dunn, from the Broadway run of The Sound of Music) of an American diplomat (Hugh Marlow), who becomes an amateur spy to salvage the career of foundering secret op Murray Hamilton (in Jack Lemmon mode). Getting a jump on TV's The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Castle's comedy alternates lighthearted intrigue with moments of unsettling violence (a body hung on a meat hook, a Soviet spy falling to his death Saboteur style) while introducing a bevy of international beauties, among them Judy Pace (Cotton Comes to Harlem, Brian's Song) and the late Alexandra Bastedo who, a decade later, would head the cast of the Euro-cult favorite The Blood Spattered Bride (1972).

By Richard Harland Smith
13 Frightened Girls (1963) -

13 Frightened Girls (1963) -

Never one to employ half measures, "King of the Gimmick" William Castle staged an international beauty contest to cast his espionage comedy 13 Frightened Girls! (1963). Forsaking the Gothic excesses of Macabre (1958), The House on Haunted Hill (1959), and The Tingler (1959), Castle and screenwriter Robert Dillon (who later penned the grueling French Connection II [1975]), working from an original story by film critic Otis L. Guernsey, Jr., camped onto the vogue for espionage films spawned by Eon Productions' James Bond franchise, starring Sean Connery. Set against the backdrop of several international capital cities (but filmed squarely on the Colombia Pictures backlot, with Lake Arrowhead doubling for Switzerland), 13 Frightened Girls! focuses on the Nancy Drew-like peregrinations of the teenage daughter (Kathy Dunn, from the Broadway run of The Sound of Music) of an American diplomat (Hugh Marlow), who becomes an amateur spy to salvage the career of foundering secret op Murray Hamilton (in Jack Lemmon mode). Getting a jump on TV's The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Castle's comedy alternates lighthearted intrigue with moments of unsettling violence (a body hung on a meat hook, a Soviet spy falling to his death Saboteur style) while introducing a bevy of international beauties, among them Judy Pace (Cotton Comes to Harlem, Brian's Song) and the late Alexandra Bastedo who, a decade later, would head the cast of the Euro-cult favorite The Blood Spattered Bride (1972). By Richard Harland Smith

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The working title of this film is The Candy Web.