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Because They're Young (1960)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Hendry
Victoria Shaw ...
Joanne Dietrich
Griff Rimer
Anne Gregor
Warren Berlinger ...
Buddy McCalla
Roberta Shore ...
Richelle 'Ricky' Summers
Jim Trent
Cameo appearance
Cameo appearance
Linda Watkins ...
Frances McCalla
Chris Robinson ...
Rudy Bond ...
Wendell Holmes ...
Principal Donlan
Philip Coolidge ...
Mr. Rimer
Bart Patton ...
Michael Kramer


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 <>

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based on novel


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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(Westrex Recording System)

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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 »


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


Edited into Heavy Petting (1989) See more »


Swingin' School
Written by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe
Performed by Bobby Rydell
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"It's not easy for a teacher to be objective if he digs kids at all..."
20 May 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Dick Clark strays too far from the Bandstand in this misguided youth flick, which is one-half benign high school opus and the other half a "Rebel Without a Cause"-type drama. Based on John Farris' novel "Harrison High", the plot has been reworked in schoolteacher Clark's favor, turning the teenagers of the piece into 'problems' this sensitive adult can solve. The newest teacher at a high school primarily home to the wealthier teen set gets involved with the principal's secretary while straightening out entangled young lives. Worse off seems to be Michael Callan as a working-class boy who doesn't fit in; his love-hate relationship with a touchy-feely butcher who wields a mean cleaver has to be seen to be believed! Tuesday Weld, suffering under the thumb of her harping, bed-ridden mother, is anxious to shed her trampy reputation, crossing paths with bad-boy Callan for the second time. Clark has problems of his own, nursing a wounded ego after a car accident has left him unable to play football--oh, and the wreck killed his brother and sister-in-law, too! The stilted dialogue throughout, courtesy screenwriter James Gunn, renders the teen conversations utterly false, while the only animated thing about Dick Clark is his eyebrows (and when he jiggles them around, his forehead becomes lined with curious criss-cross wrinkles). The film's third act becomes intentionally mired in juvenile delinquent melodramatics, with moody lighting and mad bongos on the soundtrack; however, since none of the characters have managed to elicit our sympathies, one is inclined not to care who makes out all right and who doesn't. *1/2 from ****

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