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Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 25 March 1955 (USA)
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
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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
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Belazi
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Pete V. Morales
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Emmanuel Stoker
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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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Crime | Drama

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25 March 1955 (USA)  »

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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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Louis Gossett Jr. was considered for the role of Gregory Miller. See more »

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In the record smashing scene,as the students leave the classroom, Santini walks down the hallway, but in the next shot is handing Mr. Edwards his glasses. See more »

Quotes

Richard Dadier: There will be no calling out. You have any questions to ask, just raise your hand. You here that, Miller?
Gregory W. Miller: Sure, teach. You coming in strong. I can't tune you out.
Gregory W. Miller: His name ain't "teach".
Belazi: It's "Daddy-Oh"
Artie West: Hey, don't you know his name, jerk?
Belazi: Excuse me, Mr. Jerk.
Richard Dadier: Alright West, since you're so cooperative, suppose you stay after class and help me out.
Artie West: I'm busy.
Belazi: Oh, go on, Artie. Help him out.
Emmanuel Stoker: Then you could be together, "alone".
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"We, in the United States, are fortunate to have a school system that is a tribute to our communities and to our faith in American youth. Today we are concerned with juvenile delinquency -- its causes -- and its effects. We are especially concerned when this delinquency boils over into our schools. The scenes and incidents depicted here are fictional. However, we believe that public awareness is a first step toward a remedy for any problem. Is is in this spirit and with this faith that BLACKBOARD JUNGLE was produced." See more »

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Kids/Teens really don't change
4 September 2001 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

I think this film is a perfect example of how children and teenagers never really change. Oh sure the music and fashion is dated and looks prehistoric, the kids use lingo from another time and dance to music from another time, but they still act like teens. They think they are the coolest kids of all time and no one will ever be cooler. Then a new batch of teens show up and a new batch and so and so on. And the unthinkable happens to everyone, they get older and then become the middle age farts who don't understand the new generation. When in reality the new generation isn't doing anything too different from any previous generation. I was a teenager in the '90s, guess what? The '90s are over and there are a new generation of teens now who think THEY are the coolest of all time.

Teens are rebellious and act up. They think they are immortal and can never die. They always have, especially since the 1940s and 1950s of America. Even the Bible documents a group of youths making fun of Elisha's baldness 3,000 years ago, "Go on up you bald head, Go on up you bald head" Poor kids, God came down with two bears and smote them all for making fun of Elisha. Unfortunately, God won't likely solve every youth problem like that anymore. :) Ways have to be found the way Glen Ford does in this film, to reach out to the troubled youth. And adults must always remind themselves that this is not a "new problem" as they so often wish to believe.


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