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High School Confidential! (1958)

A tough kid comes to a new high school and begins muscling his way into the drug scene. As he moves his way up the ladder, a schoolteacher tries to reform him, his aunt tries to seduce him,... See full summary »

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Tony Baker / Mike Wilson
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Arlene Williams
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J. I. Coleridge
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Gwen Dulaine
Diane Jergens ...
Joan Staples
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Jerry Lee Lewis
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Bix
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Mr. 'Mr. A' August
Charles Chaplin Jr. ...
Quinn
Burt Douglas ...
Jukey Judlow
Jody Fair ...
Doris
Phillipa Fallon ...
Poetess
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Kitty
James Todd ...
Jack Staples
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William Remington Kane
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A tough kid comes to a new high school and begins muscling his way into the drug scene. As he moves his way up the ladder, a schoolteacher tries to reform him, his aunt tries to seduce him, and the "weedheads" are eager to use his newly found enterprise, but he has his own agenda. After an altercation involving fast cars, hidden drugs, and police, he's accepted by the drug kingpin and is off into the big leagues. A typical morality play of the era, filled with a naive view of drugs, nihilistic beat poetry, and some incredible '50s slang. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Behind these "nice" school walls... A TEACHERS' NIGHTMARE!...A TEEN-AGE JUNGLE!

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13 June 1958 (USA)  »

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Young Hellions  »

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Final film of Charles Halton. See more »

Quotes

Tony Baker: I'm lookin' to graze on some grass.
Student: What?
Tony Baker: Okay, chick. I guess I dialed the wrong number.
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Referenced in Great Balls of Fire! (1989) See more »

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This is a great spoof movie, not a bad one .......
5 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

This brilliantly funny movie which seems to have got everything wrong- the cast,the screenplay, the dialogue, the college milieu and patois - was directed by Jack Arnold, and if Mr. Arnold was anything it was an intelligent director who knew how to make the most of limited budgets and unpromising story lines.

So I have come to the conclusion that HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL is not a bad bad film but a quite subtle and amusing before-its-time spoof.

I mean, does anybody really believe that Russ Tamblyns grotesque impersonation of a cool tough street wise college kid could possibly have been serious ?


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