"Ivy League Killers" (1959) is a Canadian-made jd (juvenile delinquent) picture and it's also a noir. It features lots of natural-looking outdoor black and white photography, a fresh and unusual story and respectable acting from actors who will be mostly unknown to American audiences. There is some remarkable road duel driving in which a motorcyclist comes very close to a sports car.
This movie will probably be a pleasant surprise because it's novel, tense and generally well done. As interludes, there are two songs and some teen dancing of the period.
The ivy league killers refers to three rich kids, one of whom (Don Francks) is a sociopath and apparently killed a girl in the past. His reluctant and well-off girl friend (Barbara Bricker) strays away with biker chief Don Borisenko. This sets up the story's main triangle and conflict between the lawless sports car delinquents and the relatively harmless biker delinquents who like to hang out, joke around and party. The well-off threesome shares the youthful tendency to joke around a great deal; but they show a marked amorality. They also show a marked snobbery toward the motorcyclists whom they consider inferior and dirty.
Francks devises a robbery scheme to frame Borisenko, and this provides most of the film's action. Francks more than adequately portrays a character something like that of Bradford Dillman in the contemporary "Compulsion". The similarity is in the belief in superiority, but they are really quite different in details. Francks's sociopath is driven by jealousy and hatred. Borisenko's biker is a quiet guy who gives off vibes of an uncomfortable leadership. He's restless. He hasn't found a place where he fits in. He's something like a James Dean character. Bricker is far more comfortable with Borisenko than Francks and resists the pressures of her parents who are blind to the latter's real character.
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