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High School Hellcats (1958)

A good girl is forced to join a dangerous all-girl high school gang, and only her waiter boyfriend and a caring female teacher can possibly help her before it may become too late.

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Yvonne Lime ...
Joyce Martin
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Mike Landers (as Bret Halsey)
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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 ...
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Martin Braddock ...
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Arthur Marshall ...
Mr. Anderson
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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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Joyce crumples up the note from Mom, throws it in the fireplace, leans on the mantelpiece for a moment, then pushes herself away so hard that the entire fireplace shudders, causing a plant on it to shake, and revealing the entire fireplace wall to be a prop. See more »

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Mediocre 50's high school drama, but interesting period piece
9 May 2016 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

Released in 1958, "High School Hell Cats" is a 1950's teenage exploitation flick about a new girl at a high school (Yvonne Lime) who joins a group of 'bad girls' called the Hellcats. The Hellcats get bad grades, steal earrings and meet at a dilapidated movie theater on the other side of town. The newbie develops a relationship with a college student who works at the local diner. Jana Lund plays the arrogant leader of the Hellcats and Susanne Sidney her jealous chief follower.

While there are lame, laughable elements to "High School Hellcats" it's entertaining simply as a period piece. Moreover, its basic moral rings true to this day. Many environments (work, school, etc.) have a group led by a pompous moron, like Connie (Lund). To be accepted by this "gang" you have to submit to the manipulations of the leader and his/her sheeple followers. Yvonne Lime is a highlight as the winsome but naïve protagonist. As a side note, it's interesting to observe how widely-accepted smoking was back then (notice how the principle "good" characters all smoke).

The movie runs 69 minutes and was presumably shot in Southern California.

GRADE: C


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