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Writers:
Richard Brooks (screenplay)
Evan Hunter (novel)
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Release Date:
25 March 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The sensational novel...now on the screen! See more »
Plot:
A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Was this movie really a shocker when released? See more (94 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Ford ... Richard Dadier

Anne Francis ... Anne Dadier

Louis Calhern ... Jim Murdock

Margaret Hayes ... Lois Judby Hammond

John Hoyt ... Mr. Warneke

Richard Kiley ... Joshua Y. Edwards

Emile Meyer ... Mr. Halloran

Warner Anderson ... Dr. Bradley

Basil Ruysdael ... Prof. A.R. Kraal

Sidney Poitier ... Gregory W. Miller

Vic Morrow ... Artie West
Dan Terranova ... Belazi

Rafael Campos ... Pete V. Morales

Paul Mazursky ... Emmanuel Stoker

Horace McMahon ... Detective

Jamie Farr ... Santini (as Jameel Farah)
Danny Dennis ... De Lica
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Alpert ... Lou Savoldi (uncredited)
Jimmy Ames ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Dwayne Avery ... Student (uncredited)
Ben Avila ... Student (uncredited)
Henny Backus ... Miss Brady (uncredited)
Doyle Baker ... Wilson (uncredited)
Beau Buchanan ... Student (uncredited)
Benny Burt ... Bartender (uncredited)
Joan Danton ... Irate Mother (uncredited)
Valentin de Vargas ... Latino Student (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Mr. Stanley (uncredited)
Gary Diamond ... Child (uncredited)

James Drury ... Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Del Erickson ... Student (uncredited)
John Erman ... Daly (uncredited)

Robert Foulk ... George Katz (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Electrician (uncredited)

Enzo Giobbe ... Student (uncredited)
Paul Hoffman ... Mr. Lefkowitz (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... Needles - a Teenager (uncredited)
Tommy Ivo ... Frightened Student (uncredited)
Ike Jones ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Nikki Juston ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Italian Restaurant Table Extra (uncredited)
Carl Kress ... Peewee (uncredited)
Mickey Little ... Boy on Bus (uncredited)
Tom McKee ... Manners (uncredited)
Jerry Mickelsen ... Krauss (uncredited)
Peter Miller ... Joe Murray, Attacker of Miss Hammond (uncredited)
Jimmy Murphy ... Frank Adams (uncredited)

Dorothy Neumann ... Miss Panucci (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Italian Restaurant Proprietor (uncredited)
Virginia Pherrin ... Teacher in Lounge (uncredited)
Gerald Phillips ... Carter (uncredited)
Chris Randall ... Levy (uncredited)
William Rhinehart ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Steven Roberts ... Boy on Bus (uncredited)

Willard Sage ... Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
B.W. Sandefur ... Student (uncredited)

Emil Sitka ... Father (uncredited)

Bobby Somers ... Student (uncredited)

Lee Stanley ... Kid (uncredited)
Steve Stevens ... Boy on Bus (uncredited)
Yoshihiro Tomita ... Tomita (uncredited)
Skip Torgerson ... Boy on Bus (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Bystander at Accident Scene (uncredited)

Martha Wentworth ... Mrs. Brophy (uncredited)
Jerry Wynne ... Murphy (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Brooks 
 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (screenplay)

Evan Hunter (novel "The Blackboard Jungle")

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Scott Bradley (uncredited)
Charles Wolcott (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
Randall Duell 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director
Buddy Messinger .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... sound recording supervisor
Conrad Kahn .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Eli Bo Jack Blackfeather .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charles Wolcott .... music adaptor
 
Other crew
Harold Clifton .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Blackboard Jungle" - USA (review title)
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Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1955) | Norway:12 (1955) | Portugal:M/12 | Portugal:17 (original rating) | Spain:7 | Sweden:15 | UK:Rejected | UK:12 (1996 release) | UK:X (August 1955) | USA:Approved (PCA #17376)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the parked car is turned over by the hoodlums driving-by, a securing cable is visible as the car flips.See more »
Quotes:
Richard Dadier:[catches a few kids in the restroom smoking] What is this? The officer's club or something? I don't wanna catch you smoking in here again, you understand? now get out! Come on, you heard what I said. Get out!
[3 kids leave, 2 remain]
Richard Dadier:What's the matter? You two guys privileged or something?
Gregory W. Miller:We only just got here, chief.
Richard Dadier:You did huh? well , now just get out.
Gregory W. Miller:Can't a man wash his hands, chief?
Richard Dadier:Wash them and get out.
Gregory W. Miller:Sure, chief. You gonna watch me?
Emmanuel Stoker:Maybe he'd like to wash them for us.
Richard Dadier:What's your name? You, I'm talking to you!
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Blood and Blackboards (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Let Me Go LoverSee more »

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48 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Was this movie really a shocker when released?, 15 August 2005
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

A history professor once told me, "If you want to change history, become a historian." This statement might also apply to movie critics. I came of age (turned 13) when I saw this movie when it was first released in 1955. My buds and I liked the movie, not because it was a shocker, which it was not, but because it dealt fairly realistically with teenagers, much more so than say the old Andy Hardy series. To my knowledge no one was really shocked by this movie. There was no big hoopla by "concerned" citizens as there would be when Elia Kazan's "Baby Doll" played on the same screen a few years later. And "Rock Around The Clock" was not considered rock 'n' roll by most teens, only a pop hit along the lines of "Sh-boom." The first record actually considered rock 'n' roll by most teens was Chuck Berry's "Maybelline." When my buds and I first heard it on the radio, we stopped the car and listened intently to a new kind of teen music. That did not happen with anything Bill Haley and the Comets put on wax. Those who say "The Blackboard Jungle" was a shocker simply did not live through that period of history. Some of these same critics believe that the average family of the 50's was like the one portrayed on "Leave It To Beaver." I knew of no family in my neighborhood that lived like the Cleavers. We found "Rebel Without a Cause" and a somewhat neglected film "The Wild One" to be the ones that related to our rebellious side. "The Wild One," especially Marlon Brando's performance, was the standout film for us teens in those days. Another later Robert Mitchum flick, "Thunder Road," was also a movie that spoke to the teens of the period. Marlon Brando, James Dean, and Robert Mitchum were movie role models for many of us growing up in the turbulent 50's, not Glenn Ford or even Vic Morrow and Sidney Poitier.

That's not to say that this movie is not worth seeing, for it is a good movie dealing in a somewhat no nonsense way with teaching rebellious and sometimes dangerous teens, who see nothing relevant in book learning and who don't want to be exposed to the higher levels of intellectual endeavors. How do you teach the unteachable? Still a challenge today in the American classroom.

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