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Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Approved | | Crime, 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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Anne Dadier
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Jim Murdock
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Lois Judby Hammond
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Mr. Warneke
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Joshua Y. Edwards
Emile Meyer ...
Mr. Halloran
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Dr. Bradley
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Prof. A.R. Kraal
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Gregory W. Miller
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Artie West
Dan Terranova ...
Belazi
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Pete V. Morales
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Emmanuel Stoker
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Detective
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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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Crime | Drama

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25 March 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Blackboard Jungle  »

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$1,168,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.75 : 1
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The film was initially rejected for a UK cinema certificate by the BBFC in March 1955. It was resubmitted again in August where it was then cut by around 6 minutes to remove uses of threatening dialogue and the entire climactic switchblade scene between Dadier and Artie. It would later be passed completely uncut for video and DVD with a 12 certificate. See more »

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Set decoration includes cardboard alphabet running across top of blackboard - something rarely seen past a third grade classroom, let alone a high school. See more »

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Artie West: All you gotta do is take it. Come on take it.
[Belazi sneaks behind Dadier]
Richard Dadier: That's just what I'm gonna do, big shot.
[Belazi tries to attack Dadier from behind but Miller intercepts him]
Richard Dadier: [West strikes at Dadier and cuts him in the hand] Come on, West. Come on... come on... Where you going , boy? Come on.
Artie West: [West starts backing up from Dadier and starts calling for help from his gang, but none get involved or reply] Belazi!... Morales!... Stoker!
Gregory W. Miller: [Miller challenges Stoker] You wanna gang fight? You ...
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Rock Around the Clock
Written by James E. Myers (uncredited) and Max Freedman (uncredited)
Played by Bill Haley and the Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
Courtesy of Decca Records, Inc.
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"Hey Teach, you're in my classroom now"
24 March 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Blackboard Jungle is one of the seminal films in Glenn Ford's career. As Richard Dadier, newly minted teacher going into one of the inner city schools in New York City, he's nervous, but full of idealism and commitment that he can make a difference in the lives of these kids.

One of the aspects of Blackboard Jungle that is never discussed is the problem, still very much with us today, of illiteracy. For me the key to the whole story is when Ford has to get down to the level of running a movie cartoon of Jack and the Beanstalk in order to communicate with them. That's when he reaches them and also takes control of the situation in his classroom away from the school thug as graphically portrayed by Vic Morrow.

I was involved with someone for many years and his literacy level was very low. It made him angry and unable to handle the world and all the problems he had in life. He had a worse situation than the kids in The Blackboard Jungle. He was raised in a group home where they didn't care at all if you learned anything.

Blackboard Jungle is also memorable for the use of a previously recorded song by Bill Haley and the Comets that sold a few records the year earlier, but didn't set the world on fire. Director Richard Brooks heard it in young Peter Ford's collection and decided it would be his theme. Rock Around the Clock became a rock and roll institution after The Blackboard Jungle was out in theaters.

Blackboard Jungle also started another less fortunate trend. That of picking very obviously adult actors to play high school kids. A trend that has continued to this day with such shows as Beverly Hills 90210 carrying on the tradition. Capable players that they are and they certainly delivered fine performances, Sidney Poitier and Vic Morrow don't look like high school kids, especially not next to Rafael Campos who was in the correct age bracket when the film was being shot.

Teacher burnout is also covered in Blackboard Jungle with Louis Calhern leading the pack of cynics Glenn Ford has as colleagues. In many ways Blackboard Jungle is the grandfather of a film like Stand and Deliver where Edward James Olmos is the dedicated math teacher of inner city kids a generation later. Other than ethnic, not too much difference between Richard Dadier and Jaime Escalante.

Richard Brooks assembled and directed a cast that made a classic that's still agonizingly relevant today.


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