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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
Victoria Shaw ...
Joanne Dietrich
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Griff Rimer
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Anne Gregor
Warren Berlinger ...
Buddy McCalla
Roberta Shore ...
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
Linda Watkins ...
Frances McCalla
Chris Robinson ...
Patcher
Rudy Bond ...
Chris
Wendell Holmes ...
Principal Donlan
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Mr. Rimer
Bart Patton ...
Michael Kramer
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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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Whoever you are, you're in this picture! Because this tells of youth's challenge to grown-ups who can't understand!

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April 1960 (USA)  »

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Porque son jóvenes  »

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The title song was not written by John Williams, but rather Don Costa, with lyrics by Aaron Schröder and Wally Gold. The song "Because They're Young" was released by Duane Eddy and became one of the rare all-instrumental hits of the era, going to number 4 on the American charts in the summer of 1960. The combination of Duane Eddy's "twang" guitar style and string orchestration was a different one for Eddy and it ironically became the biggest hit of his career. Eddy's version of the title song was not the version used in the movie; an anonymous orchestra played the instrumental version over the opening credits, and James Darren sang the vocal version. Duane Eddy and the Rebels performed "Shazam" in the movie. Darren didn't hit it big as a singer until a year and a half after this movie came out, when he hit the top 10 with "Goodbye Cruel World." 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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Shazam
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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