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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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 nominations See more »
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"Hey Teach, you're in my classroom now" See more (85 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)
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
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... sound recording supervisor
Conrad Kahn .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Eli Bo Jack Blackfeather .... 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) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1955) | Norway:12 (1955) | Portugal:M/12 | Portugal:17 (original rating) | Spain:7 | Sweden:15 | UK:R | UK:12 (1996 release) | UK:X (August 1955) | USA:Approved (PCA #17376)

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Trivia:
To the end of his life, Richard Kiley regularly received collections of old jazz records to make up for the ones his character lost in this picture.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: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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Soundtrack:
Invention for Guitar and TrumpetSee more »

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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
"Hey Teach, you're in my classroom now", 24 March 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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