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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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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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Because They're Young
Music by Don Costa
Lyrics by Aaron Schröder (as Aaron Schroeder) and Wally Gold
Performed by James Darren
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Dick Clark clicked for the teens in this movie!
18 November 2005 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Another movie I'd love to see released on video/DVD that's been too long neglected is "BECAUSE THEY'RE YOUNG" (Columbia, 1960) starring Dick Clark of American Bandstand with Duane Eddy and his Rockin' Rebels, and Bobby Rydell on the soundtrack. Oh yes, that cool blonde hottie Tuesday Weld was in there too. Too bad it was in black & white, but they were doing a retake on "BLACKBOARD JUNGLE" (MGM, 1955) so it had to be, and look like a B-movie. I know I'm dating myself, but I did see this movie in the theaters when it was released in May-June 1960. It was the coolest, man. I mean like I really dug it the most, at age 13. I was into Edd 'Kookie' Byrnes' jive talk, rock'n'roll, and hip beatnik jazz so Maynard G. Krebs was my buddy on TV. And DIck Clark was a swingin' hipster on American Bandstand, WFIL-TV in Philly, broadcast on ABC-TV network nationwide. I watched it every afternoon after coming home from school, along with reruns of "Adventures of SUPERMAN", "Topper", and "Ramar of the Jungle"! Dick Clark really clicked for teens and kids in this movie, I remember everyone thought he did a great job with his first acting role. In retrospect, not having seen this movie since the early '70s when it was shown on TV one Saturday afternoon, I can't really judge it as an adult, but I fondly remember it being kind of a dark, melodramatic sort of "American Graffiti" movie experience. I would love to see it again after all these years! Please, Sony Pictures, put this one on your DVD-to-do list!!! I'd love to see an interview with Dick Clark about this movie. I wonder if he's up to that challenge now?


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