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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 »
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Blackboard Jungle is a breakthrough film that brings up important issues about urban schools. 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sidney Poitier's role as one of the troubled students preceded by 12 years his breakout role as the teacher of troubled students in another classroom classic, To Sir, with Love (1967)'.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Before Mr. Dadier enters the principal's office, the top of a movie camera can be seen rolling behind a high window of the office.See more »
Quotes:
Anne Dadier:I was like one of the bad kids in your class. Somebody told me a lie and I believed it. One's as bad as the other.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Invention for Guitar and TrumpetSee more »

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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Blackboard Jungle is a breakthrough film that brings up important issues about urban schools., 29 April 2001
Author: desktopia from Washington, DC

I chose to watch Blackboard Jungle after I saw Rebel Without a Cause in Film class. I enjoyed the first movie and after I learned what Jungle was about, I assumed that I would enjoy it as much as Rebel. I was wrong; I enjoyed Blackboard Jungle twice as much.

Blackboard Jungle premiered in 1955, the same year as Rebel Without a Cause and historical milestones such as Rosa Parks' monumental protest of bus segregation. In fact, race relations pay an important part in this film, which I will discuss later. The movie is about a teacher, Richard Dadier, who accepts a job at North Manual High School. At this school, he encounters a school-wide discipline problem. The two main perpetrators in Dadier's class are Gregory Miller, a black student whom Dadier comes to see much promise in, and Vic Morrow, the true instigator of violence, whose gang attacks Dadier. Over the course of the film, Dadier also encounters apathetic teachers, a principal in denial, and a wife who gives birth prematurely. Eventually, Dadier must decide if his pursuit to teach is important enough to endure the hardship.

This movie brings up some very important issues that were just important in 1955 as they are in 2001. Violence in schools is still a major topic, culminating in the Columbine shooting which everyone should remember. Also important is how teachers are to deal with this threat. Dadier dealt with it by reaching out to Miller and by confronting Morrow. But is this a realistic scenario? Sometimes students just cannot be reached, and it is irresponsible to ask teachers to directly confront weapon-totin students who have a propensity for violence. This just goes to show that solving violence in schools is difficult. It has taken at least 46 years; it will probably take many more.

No female students are portrayed in Blackboard Jungle. This contributes to the stereotype that usually teenage boys are the ones who instigate violence. Of course, the statistics show that male students are mostly responsible for school violence, and many stereotypes exist for a reason. Rebel Without a Cause demonstrates the female role in school insubordination well, by including a woman in the main gang. Still, I would have liked to see a female student element in Jungle, to show that girls are often involved, and that they also influence male student's behavior.

For the era, the racial attitude of Blackboard Jungle is very progressive. Dadier confronts racial slurs in the classroom. The principal, who was tipped off by a student that Dadier was using racial epithets (when all he was demonstrating was the dangerous consequences of such racism), is not happy with this report and chastises Dadier. Both situations show that two important protagonists object to racism, signifying the film's aversion to this social aspect. This comes just after Brown v Board, simultaneous to Rosa Parks' significance, and long before the high point of the Civil Rights Movement. Blackboard Jungle should undoubtedly be recognized for its attitude on race relations and other controversial elements, such as rock and roll. At a time when rock music was still controversial and outside the mainstream, Blackboard Jungle opened and closed with Bill Haley and the Comet's "Rock Around the Clock." This was a bold step to take and was one of the reasons that the film was banned from many theatres. The relatively violent content also contributed to the barring of the movie and probably contributed to many riots that occurred in theatres while the movie was shown.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie, both for the issues it addressed, its support for educators and their responsibilities, and for its entertainment value alone. I highly recommend this film to anyone who is interested in educational dilemma, or someone who simply would enjoy a classic film with a progressive, realistic attitude. However, for anyone looking for a clone of Rebel Without a Cause, they won't find what they're looking for, but I guarantee they will enjoy it just the same.

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