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High School Caesar (1960)

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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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>

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I Fell For Your Line, Baby
Sung by Johnny Faire
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Could have been interesting, but wasn't.
22 May 2001 | by (Silver Spring, MD) – See all my reviews

Rich kid Matt Stevens understandably feels insecure, having been all but abandoned by his parents who prefer touring Europe to spending time with their son. Stevens is capable of showing a great deal of tenderness and affection to the cook, his surrogate mother, yet at the same time display nothing but total contempt while brow-beating the butler, an obviously inadequate stand-in for his idolized absent father.

At school, he's rigging elections and creating his own little empire which he runs like a seasoned CEO. He's a consummate politician who has the principal eating out of his hand and a tough punk who beats up kids after school while shaking them down for protection payments. In spite of all his skills, he is tragically destined to push things too far and alienate those around him, leading to his inevitable downfall.

The Stevens character is well thought out and excellently portrayed, and the scenes of him running his high school empire like a veteran politician seem somewhat unique for this genre. If all of this sounds like it might be interesting, that's too bad, because the movie as a whole appears to be little more than a poorly scripted low-budget attempt to quickly cash in on the popularity of gang movies in the late 50's.

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