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Blackboard Jungle (1955)

 -  Drama  -  25 March 1955 (USA)
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A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Anne Dadier
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Jim Murdock
Margaret Hayes ...
Lois Judby Hammond
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Mr. Warneke
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Joshua Y. Edwards
Emile Meyer ...
Mr. Halloran
Warner Anderson ...
Dr. Bradley
Basil Ruysdael ...
Prof. A.R. Kraal
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Gregory W. Miller
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Artie West
Dan Terranova ...
Belazi
Rafael Campos ...
Pete V. Morales
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Emmanuel Stoker
Horace McMahon ...
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War veteran Rick Dadier is one of three new teachers hired at North Manual High School, an inner city boys school. This is his first teaching assignment, which he needs to support himself and his insecure pregnant wife, Anne. Despite Principle Warnecke's assertions to the contrary, Dadier quickly learns that the rumors of student discipline problems at the school are indeed true. The established teachers at the school try to counsel the newcomers, all inexperienced in such situations, as how best to handle the rowdy students. Regardless, Dadier tries to exert discipline in his class, which provokes a violent response. Dadier believes the student leaders against him are Artie West, but more specifically Gregory Miller, who he thinks uses the fact of being black as a means of racial provocation. Dadier has to decide either to leave and teach at a "real" school, or stay and figure out how to get through to his students. If he decides to stay, he has to figure out who the real disruptive ... Written by Huggo

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THE SCREAM IN THE SCHOOL ROOM! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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25 March 1955 (USA)  »

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The Blackboard Jungle  »

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The lead "juvenile delinquents" were played by Vic Morrow and Sidney Poitier; in the year of film's release, Morrow was 26 and Poitier was 28. See more »

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Before Mr. Dadier enters the principal's office, the top of a movie camera can be seen rolling behind a high window of the office. See more »

Quotes

Pete V. Morales: [talking into a recorder in front of the class] I got up at 7:30, go wash. But my stinking sister, she's still in the bathroom, so I can't get in.
Richard Dadier: That's fine , boy. keep on talking.
Pete V. Morales: So then I go to the stinking bathroom. I wash my stinking face. Then I eat some stinking sausages.
Artie West: Louder come on!
Emmanuel Stoker: We can't hear you in the balcony.
Pete V. Morales: So then I go down the stinking street with my stinking books, and then I meet this stink-face who lives near me. And he says: "You go to school, Pete?" I say, "You ...
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The Jazz Me Blues
Written by Tom Delaney (uncredited)
Played by Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang
Courtesy of Columbia Records, Inc.
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Of the 50's but very actual
31 October 2005 | by (Omer, Israel) – See all my reviews

In the mid 50's, when this film was released my parents like many other people who had teenagers were very reluctant to permit them to spend their allowance money for a ticket to this one. The film is superb, very realistic , giving an in depth view over problematic educational situation. But not only this- it is also a social outcry about racial problems, poverty problems, and when I viewed this film again in 2005 (yes, I managed to enter the theater in the 50's after all..) I was very astonished to realize that later films about the same situation-and there were quite a few of those during the years to come- displayed the same situations , motives and dilemma's. One realizes a very outstanding fact , which, if you will, is heart touching: these violent juveniles can easily dodge school, nobody can make them to stay in class, they even dread to face an expulsion , because deep in their heart they know that education is essential for their future if they ever want to get out of the vicious circle of poverty and low class, that holds them inside it.


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