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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Baker / Mike Wilson
Arlene Williams
J. I. Coleridge
Gwen Dulaine
Joan Staples
Jerry Lee Lewis
Mr. 'Mr. A' August
Charles Chaplin Jr. ...
Burt Douglas ...
Jukey Judlow
Jody Fair ...
Phillipa Fallon ...
James Todd ...
Jack Staples
William Remington Kane


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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Release Date:

13 June 1958 (USA)  »

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Young Hellions  »

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Final film of Charles Halton. See more »


Tony Baker: [to J.I. Coleridge] What's your beef man, I just wanna play friends. Is that a crime in this state?
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11 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This decent late 50's teen-exploitation flick is one of the better ones, although the hot Mamie Van Doren is in it all too briefly. Jackie Coogan adds a weird twist, and Russ Tamblyn is appropriately youthful (a few years before WEST SIDE STORY). Michael Landon has a small part (around the time he started BONANZA).

A 6 out of 10. Best performance = Mamie Van Doren). This film needed more rock 'n rock songs, beside the GREAT opening number by Jerry Lee Lewis on the back of a truck. Jan Sterling is subdued as the "good" teacher and John Drew Barrymore is rather strange. Great B/W cinematography helps this slide along. Check it out!

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