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High School Hellcats (1958)

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The Hellcats are an all-female gang bent on bucking authority and terrorizing the schools by doing things like having a bad attitude toward their teachers and parents. When Joyce, a new ... See full summary »

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Yvonne Fedderson ...
Joyce Martin (as Yvonne Lime)
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Mike Landers (as Bret Halsey)
Jana Lund ...
Connie Harris, aka Connie Ross
Susanne Sidney ...
Dolly Crane (as Suzanne Sydney)
Heather Ames ...
Meg
Nancy Kilgas ...
Laurie
Rhoda Williams ...
Trudy Davis
Don Shelton ...
Roger Martin
Viola Harris ...
Linda Martin
Robert Anderson ...
Police Lt. Manners
Martin Braddock ...
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Arthur Marshall ...
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The Hellcats are an all-female gang bent on bucking authority and terrorizing the schools by doing things like having a bad attitude toward their teachers and parents. When Joyce, a new student, moves into the neighborhood, she draws the attention of The Hellcats. Desperate for acceptance and unhappy with her homelife, Joyce goes along with the gang, and is soon drinking, dancing and meeting boys. Can her parents stop her descent into depravity? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Silly but Fun Drive-In Flick
6 June 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

High School Hellcats (1958)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Film buffs owe a lot to REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. Not only did it deliver a great movie and a legend but it also led to countless rip-offs hitting drive-in screens and many of them, while poorly made, were at least entertaining and that's the case with this one. After being slapped by her strict father one too many times, Joyce (Yvonne Fedderson) decides to join the Hellcats, an all female gang at her school. Soon Joyce is doing all sorts of bad things like wearing slacks, drinking coffee and playing children's games but at one party the leader of the gang accidentally dies. If you're a fan of these juvenile pictures from the 50s then this one here is a must-see. Not because it's a masterpiece or some hard-hitting look at troubled teenagers but it's watchable simply because of how silly it all is. I mean, seriously. We're supposed to look at these teens as being "bad" because they drink coffee and wear slacks? These scenes are all pretty funny just because even the Beaver would think these girls were tame when it came to doing bad things. The entire film is pretty fun simply because of how silly, over-the-top and at times laughable it is. Again, you're not going to find any brilliance here unless you consider camp to be something special. One of the most insane moments comes after the father has screamed at Joyce and then the father has a "moment of truth" and realizes that he's been too mean. The way this scene plays out is hilarious. Another funny scene involves a police officer interrogating the girls about a missing girl. This entire thing is funny not only because of the dialogue but it's also clear that this "room" is the same room that was used for Joyce's living room (with things just moved around). I actually thought Fedderson was pretty charming in her role and I also thought Brett Halsey was good as her boyfriend. Jana Lund was fun as the leader of the gang but it's Susanne Sidney who steals the show as the real bad girl of the gang. HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS is a silly movie but fans of the genre should get some kicks out of it.


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