The Young Don't Cry

The Young Don't Cry is a 1957 American drama film directed by Alfred L. Werker and starring Sal Mineo, James Whitmore and J. Carrol Naish.[1]

The Young Don't Cry
Directed byAlfred L. Werker
Produced byPhilip A. Waxman
Written byRichard Jessup
StarringSal Mineo
James Whitmore
J. Carrol Naish
Music byGeorge Antheil
CinematographyErnest Haller
Edited byMaurice Wright
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 26, 1957 (1957-07-26)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States


An all-boys orphanage is not far from a prison camp near a swamp. Leslie Henderson, a teen boy, gets to know one of the convicts, Rudy Krist, who saved Les's life from a rattlesnake.

Les stands up for a defenseless boy when bully Tom Bradley makes fun of a boat the boy made. Les is punished at the orphanage by a week of his summer vacation being taken away. Successful businessman Max Cole mocks boys like Les who look out for anybody but themselves. At the prison, Rudy and his inmate friend Doosy are treated inhumanely by a brutal warden, Plug.

Les decides to let Rudy know where the boat is, in case it can help him escape. When he sees Rudy flee in one direction, Doosy runs the other way, but is hunted down by prison dogs and killed. Rudy vows revenge but he, too, ends up dead. Cole feels sorry for Les and offers him a job, but Les has other plans for how to spend the rest of his life.


See also


  1. Frascella & Weisel p.290


  • Lawrence Frascella & Al Weisel. Live Fast, Die Young: The Wild Ride of Making Rebel Without a Cause. Simon and Schuster, 2005.
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