13 Frightened Girls (1963)

89 mins | Melodrama | June 1963

Director:

William Castle

Producer:

William Castle

Cinematographer:

Gordon Avil

Editor:

Edwin Bryant

Production Designer:

Don Ament

Production Company:

William Castle Pictures
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HISTORY

The 18 Oct 1962 DV announced that director-producer William Castle was holding a contest to select teenaged girls from England, France, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and the Philippine Islands, for his upcoming film, provisionally titled The Candy Web. Foreign versions would feature a ten-minute opening segment in the language of each girl’s home country, with the native actress receiving star billing. Nearly two weeks later, the 31 Oct 1962 DV stated that the winning actresses would begin arriving in Los Angeles, CA, on 21 Nov 1962.
       The 29 Nov 1962 DV included Olga Sutcliffe among the cast. The film marked the screen debut of stage actress Kathy Dunn.
       The 12 Nov 1962 DV reported that Mrs. Irving Rubine was hired by Columbia Pictures to chaperone the young women. Mrs. Rubine’s late husband had been the vice-president of Highroad Productions. The next day, the 13 Nov 1962 DV announced the return of assistant director Sam Nelson from Lake Arrowhead, CA, where he was scouting locations. Shortly before the start of production, the 27 Nov 1962 DV noted that William Castle housed the actresses on the tenth floor of a building known as the “Montecito,” and transported them to and from the set in a bus emblazoned with the title of the film. Principal photography began 28 Nov 1962.
       The company moved to Lake Arrowhead on 6 Dec 1962, as revealed in that day’s DV. Location filming was expected to last three days. According to the 12 Dec ...
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The 18 Oct 1962 DV announced that director-producer William Castle was holding a contest to select teenaged girls from England, France, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and the Philippine Islands, for his upcoming film, provisionally titled The Candy Web. Foreign versions would feature a ten-minute opening segment in the language of each girl’s home country, with the native actress receiving star billing. Nearly two weeks later, the 31 Oct 1962 DV stated that the winning actresses would begin arriving in Los Angeles, CA, on 21 Nov 1962.
       The 29 Nov 1962 DV included Olga Sutcliffe among the cast. The film marked the screen debut of stage actress Kathy Dunn.
       The 12 Nov 1962 DV reported that Mrs. Irving Rubine was hired by Columbia Pictures to chaperone the young women. Mrs. Rubine’s late husband had been the vice-president of Highroad Productions. The next day, the 13 Nov 1962 DV announced the return of assistant director Sam Nelson from Lake Arrowhead, CA, where he was scouting locations. Shortly before the start of production, the 27 Nov 1962 DV noted that William Castle housed the actresses on the tenth floor of a building known as the “Montecito,” and transported them to and from the set in a bus emblazoned with the title of the film. Principal photography began 28 Nov 1962.
       The company moved to Lake Arrowhead on 6 Dec 1962, as revealed in that day’s DV. Location filming was expected to last three days. According to the 12 Dec 1962 DV, lead actors Kathy Dunn and Murray Hamilton had difficulty remembering their lines during a scene set inside a meat locker. Castle ordered property man Charlie Granucci to remove all hams from the set “for psychological reasons.” Later, the girls were treated to a party at the Castle Club in Santa Monica, CA, as reported in the 13 Dec 1962 DV. A news item in the 21 Dec 1962 DV stated that eight of the girls would be returning to their countries the following day. Castle hosted a Christmas party for the cast at his home, with Granucci as Santa Claus. On 31 Dec 1962, LAT announced that actor Hugh Marlowe had completed his role, indicating the impending close of production.
       According to the 22 Feb 1963 LAT, Castle planned to attend openings of the film in twelve countries. On 7 Mar 1963, DV announced that Castle was on his way to the world premiere in Australia. No city or theater was specified. Weeks later, he attended a screening in Germany, as noted in the 16 Apr 1963 DV. Officially titled 13 Frightened Girls, the picture opened 23 Aug 1963 in Los Angeles, double-billed with Gidget Goes to Rome (1963, see entry). Despite lackluster reviews, the 4 Sep 1963 DV reported earnings of $164,000 from twenty-six Los Angeles locations. Box office reports in the 19 Jun 1963 Var implied that the picture opened earlier that month in Indianapolis, IN.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Oct 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
31 Oct 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
4 Nov 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
12 Nov 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
13 Nov 1962
p. 15.
Daily Variety
27 Nov 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
29 Nov 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
30 Nov 1962
p. 6, 8.
Daily Variety
6 Dec 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
12 Dec 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
13 Dec 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
21 Dec 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
7 Mar 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
16 Apr 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
14 Jun 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
4 Sep 1963
p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
31 Dec 1962
Section B, p. 5.
Los Angeles Times
22 Feb 1963
Section C, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
23 Aug 1963
Section C, p. 10.
New York Times
30 Nov 1962
p. 25.
New York Times
12 Sep 1963
p. 32.
Variety
19 Jun 1963
p. 3.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Fashions
Ward
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd supv
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Candy Web
Release Date:
June 1963
Premiere Information:
Australia premiere: early March 1963
Indianapolis opening: June 1963
Los Angeles opening: 23 August 1963
Production Date:
28 November--late December 1962
Copyright Claimant:
William Castle Pictures
Copyright Date:
1 June 1963
Copyright Number:
LP25418
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color by Pathé
Duration(in mins):
89
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
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 ... +


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. +

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