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Because They're Young (1960)

| Drama | April 1960 (USA)
New high school teacher tries to help troubled students and falls in love with the principal's secretary.

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Neil Hendry
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Joanne Dietrich
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Griff Rimer
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Anne Gregor
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Buddy McCalla
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Richelle 'Ricky' Summers
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Jim Trent
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Himself - Guitarist (also as Duane Eddy and the Rebels)
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Himself - Singer
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Frances McCalla
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Patcher
Rudy Bond ...
Chris
Wendell Holmes ...
Principal Donlan
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Mr. Rimer
Bart Patton ...
Michael Kramer
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Storyline

Neil Hendry is the new high school teacher in town, but he is still haunted by a tragic event in his past. However, his friendly, casual style wins the hearts of some of the school's more troubled teens, as well as the principal's secretary. He is able to positively help them both in and out of school. But these same attributes make him an enemy of the principal, who discourages such close relationships between teachers and students. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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THIS IS YOUTH...the real and revealing story of today's teenagers! See more »

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April 1960 (USA)  »

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Porque son jóvenes  »

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Although Bobby Rydell didn't appear in the movie, his song "Swingin' School" was part of the soundtrack. It entered the Billboard Top 40 on May 16, 1960 (3 weeks before Duane Eddy & the Rebels' version of the title song), and stayed for 8 weeks, peaking at #5. See more »

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Eddy's guitar is amplified even though it is not connected to an amplifier. See more »

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Written by Duane Eddy and Lee Hazlewood (as Lee Hazelwood)
Performed by Duane Eddy
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Too Crowded for Impact
30 April 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure what the producers were aiming for here. On the face of it, it would seem a Dick Clark showcase, taking his TV fame and segueing to movies. But the cast is much too large and the storyline too sprawling to showcase one individual. As a dedicated teacher, Clark keeps his TV role as shepherd of struggling teens, and despite his thoroughly white-bread presence, does pretty well in the acting department. Anyway, as a teen angst film, the film's okay; as a juvenile delinquency movie, it lacks bite until the end; as a R&R showcase (Duane Eddy, et.al.), it's lame and tame with only two bland selections. What it does have that's noteworthy is the gay context surrounding the older man, Chris. It's subtle, but pretty daring for 1960 and especially for a film introducing Clark. (Thanks reviewer fordraff for your extended discussion.) Taken as a whole, however, the movie's too sprawling with too many sub-texts to achieve anything like focused impact. And except for cult figure Tuesday Weld, the array of featured youngsters has largely faded into obscurity. But not Clark, who went on to a stellar TV and producing career.


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