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Platinum High School (1960)

Re-issued in 1964 as "Trouble At Sixteen" by Cinema Associates as part of a double-bill with "Girls Town" (now called "The Innocent and the Damned" and a rather descriptive title ... See full summary »

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'Crip' Hastings
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Lorinda Nibley
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Bob Treadwell
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Re-issued in 1964 as "Trouble At Sixteen" by Cinema Associates as part of a double-bill with "Girls Town" (now called "The Innocent and the Damned" and a rather descriptive title considering the cast), this film takes place at an exclusive military academy on Sabre Island (played by Catalina Island) attended by rich young delinquents who think money puts them above the law. Enter Steve Conway there to investigate the death of his son, whom he has been told died in an accident. The Mick is quickly in five feet of trouble (over his eyebrows) when he is met with hostility by the school's commandant, Major Redfern Kelly and the latter's sweetheart-secretary Jennifer Evans; intimidated by the cadet drill instructor, Vince Perley and the P.E. instructor Hack Marlow; attempts are made on his life by a cadet trio known as "The Three Beasts", and he is trapped in a three-against-one fight with rifles, although memory fails as to just where Rooney came up with his rifle. Just to keep him tested... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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EXPOSING THE TRUTH about a very "Exclusive" Private School where money can buy everything...even MURDER! See more »

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Conway Twitty's real name is Harold Lloyd Jenkins. His mother was a fan of Harold Lloyd, father of Conway's costar in this movie Harold Lloyd Jr.. See more »

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Harry Nesbit: It's a school for solid platinum rats... It's a rich kids' penitentiary!
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Platinum High School
Written by Conway Twitty
Sung by Conway Twitty
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The Black Rock Military Academy
12 February 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Platinum High School marked a return to MGM for Mickey Rooney, the place that nurtured his talent and where he became a very big star as a kid. They even gave him a thinly disguised remake of one of their classics, Bad Day At Black Rock. Unfortunately Platinumn High School doesn't come anywhere close to that film in quality.

This school they're referring to is a place where rich delinquents are sent. But occasionally a good kid like Warren Berlinger goes there and another one apparently was Rooney's kid.

Rooney's kid died under mysterious circumstances and Rooney who'd been out of the picture for years through the machinations of his rich ex-wife is there to investigate. Like Spencer Tracy in Bad Day at Black Rock, he's there to investigate. But he's met with hostility at every turn.

Leading the hostility is Dan Duryea the commandant of the school with his two aides, Richard Jaeckel and Christopher Dark playing the parts that Robert Ryan, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine had.

Like Tracy at Black Rock, Rooney is isolated because the school is on an island. And the bad guys are closing in.

Terry Moore steps into Anne Francis's school. She's the school secretary and Duryea's squeeze. If you want to what happens to Ms. Moore, recall the fate of Anne Francis. In addition Terry plays a mean game of footsie that Anne wasn't required to.

Several young teenage actors of the time are in the cast as military cadets and I recall seeing the film when it first came out as the bottom half of a double bill. And it was in a drive-in with my uncle and his family. This film is typical drive-in fare.

Platinum High School ought to be renamed Brass High School.


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