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The Cool and the Crazy (1958)

 -  Drama  -  March 1958 (USA)
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High school thug is front man for a local marijuana ring.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Marlowe ...
Bennie Saul
Richard Bakalyan ...
Jackie Barzan
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Amy
Dickie Jones ...
Stu Summerville (as Dick Jones)
Shelby Storck ...
Det. Lt. Sloan
Marvyn J. Rosen ...
Eddie (the pusher)
Caroline von Mayrhauser ...
Miss Ryan (teacher)
Ken Plumb ...
Marty (a teenager)
Robert Hadden ...
Charles 'Cookie' Tyler
Joe Adelman ...
Desk Sgt. Harry
John Hannahan ...
Drunk teenager
James Newman ...
Det. Sgt. Myers
Jackie Storck ...
Amy's mother
Leonard Belove ...
Amy's father
John Quihas
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High school thug is front man for a local marijuana ring.

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Seven savage punks on a weekend binge of violence!

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Richard Bakalyan and Dickie Jones were arrested by Kansas City police for vagrancy as they stood on the street between takes. The police saw their long hair and leather jackets and wanted to get them off the street before they "infected" the local youth. See more »

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Referenced in Rebel Highway: Cool and the Crazy (1994) See more »

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Crazy Fifties Marijuana Paranoia - classy

A classic paranoid fifties b-flick aiming to scare the pants off those rebellious youths hanging with the wrong crowd, or more likely their parents, this shockingly inaccurate reefer madness flick has a kid hitting town fresh from reform school, hooking up with the bad-influence pusher who got him put away, and dealing the demon weed to the local kids (none of them looking under twenty-five) in hopes of getting them hooked and making a packet; however, the kids, suffering the usual hallucinations, all-day hangovers and "eating me up" stomach problems (hello?) need a "fix" so much after apparently only one night on the spliff they end up getting involved in crime and in all sorts of trouble, as of course they deserve, during the course of what seems like a couple of days. Well enough constructed, with some top intense, frown-heavy performances, especially from the lead bad kid and his nice friend, but it's those mental 50s attitudes that make it worth checking out. Dig the message at the end - "in the interests of scaring you kids, everything in this film has been made up or exaggerated" (or words to that effect). In a parallel universe, this could be a movie about the evil of drink in a world dominated by smokers - at least the hangovers and bad driving would be appropriate.


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