Matt Stevens is the big man at high school. He sweats the students for protection money, acquires copies of tests for a fee, and has rigged the votes so he can beat Kelly in the election ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

Marv needs money. His unemployed dad is so poor that he makes Marv give up half his last six bucks so they can both go on three-dollar dates; he's just lost his scholarship after getting ... See full summary »

Director: Joel Rapp
Stars: Tom Pittman, Virginia Aldridge, Howard Veit
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

During the latter days of WW2 an American Lieutenant (Berry), accidentally falls out of an airplane that he was on and falls into German territory. He is taken in by a Baroness (Gabor). She... See full summary »

Director: Gene Nelson
Stars: Ken Berry, Eva Gabor, Werner Klemperer
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

William Shatner plays two roles: cowboy Johnny Moon and his ruthless Indian twin brother, Notah. Notah likes peyote and gets the crazy idea that he's the Comanche messiah sent to lead the ... See full summary »

Director: José Briz Méndez
Stars: Joseph Cotten, William Shatner, Rosanna Yanni
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Hazel Flagg of Warsaw, Vermont receives the news that her terminal case of radium poisoning from a workplace incident was a complete misdiagnosis with mixed emotions. She is happy not to be... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Charles Winninger
T-Bird Gang (1959)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A high school boy, out to find his father's killer, joins up with a gang of juvenile delinquents.

Director: Richard Harbinger
Stars: John Brinkley, Ed Nelson, Tony Miller
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When a modern-day girl faces a big challenge in her life, her mother teaches her about the power of fasting by sharing the story of a heroine from the Bible.

Directors: Raoul Walsh, Mario Bava
Stars: Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Denis O'Dea
The Wild Ride (1960)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A rebellious punk of the beat generation spends his days as an amateur dirt track driver in between partying and troublemaking. He eventually kidnaps his buddy's girlfriend, kills a few ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Berman
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Georgianna Carter, Robert Bean
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Andy Hardy goes to college after returning from World War II. He is in love with Kay Wilson this time.

Director: Willis Goldbeck
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Sara Haden
Two Women (1960)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In the Italy of WWII, a widow and her lonely daughter seek for distance between them and the horrors of war.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone
The Facts of Life (1979–1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of girls attending a boarding school experience the joys and the trials of adolescence under the guiding hand of housemother Edna Garrett. Later in the series, Mrs. Garrett is ... See full summary »

Stars: Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

An American named Muprhy is in the Phillipines after the invasion of Pearl Harbor and wants to get out but lost all his money gambling. When the Japanese invade, he desperate to get out. ... See full summary »

Director: George Montgomery
Stars: George Montgomery, Joan Shawlee, Valerie Varda
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ashley ...
Matt Stevens
...
Steve Stevens ...
Crickett Davis
Lowell Brown ...
Kelly Roberts
Judy Nugent ...
Wanda Anderson
Daria Massey ...
Lita Owens
Ken Plumb
Robin League
Beverly Franklin
Charles Leffler
Don Hinkle
Bob Head
Curtis Workman
Judi Vogelsang
Anton von Stralen
Edit

Storyline

Matt Stevens is the big man at high school. He sweats the students for protection money, acquires copies of tests for a fee, and has rigged the votes so he can beat Kelly in the election for student president. Aside from his anointed acolytes, Matt is almost universally despised. His parents are obscenely rich and spend their time travelling in Europe rather than giving him the parental guidance he needs. Things begin to get ugly when some of the teens resist his power and show Matt up at the drag race. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He had more rackets than Al Capone! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

November 1960 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Daria Massey receives an "introducing" credit See more »

Connections

Featured in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Lookin' Waitin' Searchin' Hopin'
Sung by Reggie Olson
Recorded on Surf Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
John Ashley was just too good to be bad in this movie
8 October 2004 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Poor Matt Stevens, John Ashley, left all by himself in a big mansion with a maid and butler and everything he can ever want at his disposal. Matt also has a weekly allowance mailed to him by his parents who are jet setting all over Europe. With all these goodies what else can he do but organize a gang of goons to shake down and beat up anyone who doesn't pay the proper respect to his highness Big Matt AKA High School Caesar.

Rigging the high school election Matt becomes the new student body president and with his new found power he has the right to get his hands on any of the students bodies that he wants. Putting Crickett, Steve Stevens, in charge of the treasury department the money really starts to pile up as Matt's operations in shake downs pay-offs. Matt also has a very lucrative test exam business with him having the keys to the principle's office where the exams are kept. That sleazy operation of his fills the students presidents coffers as Matt sells the exams to students who need to pass them but aren't smart enough to, which is like everyone in Wilson High School.

Matt gets carried away with his power by trying to go off campus and take over the drag and road car race racket. Getting himself into a race where Matt put up a gold coin worth some $100.00 as prize money he feels that he's a shoe-in to win. To his surprise Matt loses to his beaten rival for school student body president Kelly Roberts,Lowell Brown. Not being one to take losing quietly he and Crickett ambush Kelly as he was driving home and force him off the road killing him. At the same time Matt takes back the gold coin that Kelly won from him.

Crickett later turns on Matt not because he killed Kelly but because he didn't come through in getting him beautiful Wanda, Judy Nugent, as his women. Matt knowing a good thing when he sees one tried to have her all for himself. Trapping Wanda in the back seat of his car and with him and his grubby hands all over her Matt drops the important piece evidence, the gold coin, on the seat! Wanda grabs and runs to her friends with it as proof that it was Matt who killed Kelly not that he was killed in a traffic accident.

Crickett wanting to get back at Matt runs to the local student hang out where their having a birthday party for Matt to tell them it was Matt who killed Kelly. Crickett not being that bright doesn't quite realize that he implicated himself as an accomplice in the murder! The movie ends with Matt beaten broken and all alone outside the diner where the students were to celebrate his birthday waiting for the cops to come and take him away.

John Ashley or Matt Stevens just couldn't come across as a bad guy even if he killed the entire cast, much less Kelly Roberts, in the movie. Matt's acting as a rotten young man was not convincing at all. The movie also didn't give any reason for Matt's actions since he had all the money that he could ever want. With his drop-dead good looks Matt didn't need to rape any girl in the school they would have gladly thrown themselves at him just for the asking! So why go through all the trouble to cheat rob and steal to the point of murder to get cash that was nothing to what he already had! As for him trying to be liked and popular by doing it Matt only got the opposite results! Matt was hated and despised by everyone in the school.

Matt was both handsome and personable as well as a very likable guy that all he needed was just to be himself and he would have gotten all the love and respect that he wanted. Without him being a thug and thus turning off everyone and in the end ending up behind bars.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Original soundtrack for HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR monstrous-767-417067
Discuss High School Caesar (1960) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?