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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:
The Hunter Gets Captured by the Prey. 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)
 
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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:
Film includes the debuts of Jamie Farr, Rafael Campos and Vic Morrow. Morrow's audition helped him beat out a newcomer named Steve McQueen for the role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As the detectives are talking to Mr.Dadier outside his classroom, a few of the students are shown entering the classroom twice.See more »
Quotes:
Richard Dadier:Now, pretty soon, you're gonna be reading in the newspapers want ads for jobs, apartments, something to buy. Advertising space is expensive so abbreviations are used. Now, write out the complete words to all the abbreviations in these problem ads. All right, get started.
[Dadier notices Belazi coping anwsers from Morales paper]
Richard Dadier:Belazi. Let's keep your eyes on your paper.
Belazi:Me?
Richard Dadier:Cheating won't help you learn those abbreviations you know.
Artie West:He won't look for no job. His old man owns a store.
Belazi:Yeah, and I'm not gonna buy me me no Cadillac either.
Artie West:No, It's cheaper to steal one. That's arithmetic for ya, teach.
Richard Dadier:All right, Belazi. Bring me your paper up here.
[Belazi gets up and hands over his paper to Dadier]
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Afro Promo (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rock Around the ClockSee more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Hunter Gets Captured by the Prey., 10 October 2003
Author: tfrizzell from United States

James Dean's untimely death in September of 1955 made "Rebel Without a Cause" a booming box office and critical success. Overshadowed due to that was "Blackboard Jungle", a superior and more important film than the aforementioned "Rebel Without a Cause" (contrary to popular belief admittedly). It is New York in the mid-1950s and former military man Glenn Ford (in his greatest screen role) takes a job as a high school teacher in the inner-city. Soon it is blatantly apparent that the school is full of male thugs (most notably guys like Sidney Poitier, Vic Morrow, Paul Mazursky and even Jamie Farr) who run things with total disregard of faculty rules and policy. Ford becomes enraged and proves to be a lot tougher than originally thought. However when pregnant wife Anne Francis starts receiving anonymous phone calls and letters from one of Ford's students about a possible affair between he and one of his female co-workers, the real fireworks start. At first Ford believes that Poitier is the culprit, probably based more on race and Poitier's obvious intelligence rather than actual proof. It takes lots of time and effort, but Ford becomes determined to get through to his pupils and weed out those who are trying to impede his progress and the advancement of others at his school. "Blackboard Jungle" is another excellent piece from writer-director Richard Brooks (Oscar-nominated for writing). It is the first truly legitimate movie that dealt with 1950s teenage angst and it rises above every other movie of the genre. Ford is a revelation, once again showing that he is probably the most under-appreciated actor throughout the history of the cinema. With that said, "Blackboard Jungle" is likely best remembered as Poitier's breakthrough role, a role which ultimately led to outstanding movie after outstanding movie throughout the late-1950s and 1960s. Poitier, 28 at the time, plays much younger than he was and adds much emotion and depth to a potentially flat character. A booming rock'n'roll soundtrack and top-flight performances dominate Brooks' outstanding winner. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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