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Blackboard Jungle -- Glen Ford is riveting as a dedicated teacher whose idealism fades under the tensions that rip his classroom apart. Anne Francis and Sidney Poitier co-star.
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Director:
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 »
User Reviews:
Was this movie really a shocker when released? See more (91 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
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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Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Clare Boothe Luce, then U.S. Ambassador to Italy, prevented the film from being shown at the Venice Film Festival. Also, a Senate committee had decided that the film would not have beneficial effects on contemporary youth. But both incidents only served to increase publicity and ticket sales for the controversial movie.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the maternity hospital there is a sign reading "DOCTOR'S LOCKER ROOM" with the apostrophe after the R. This would mean that there is only one doctor. It should read "DOCTORS' LOCKER ROOM" where the apostrophe after the S indicates more than one doctor.See more »
Quotes:
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 wanna start a rumble? Come on , boy, just make a move.
Artie West:All right, you guys. Bascillo, Rock, move, both!
Richard Dadier:What's the matter, West? You need help? Come on. You're holding the handle of that knife. Come on, you're the leader. You're the tough guy. You can't cut alone, huh, West? You're not so tough without a gang, but you were tough that night in the alley, weren't you? Seven to two. That's about your odds, isn't it?
Artie West:This time you get cut up!
[...]
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45 out of 62 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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