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The Explosive Generation (1961)

 |  Drama  |  October 1961 (USA)
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High school teacher gets in trouble when he tries to teach a class in sex education.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Peter Gifford
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Janet Sommers
Lee Kinsolving ...
Dan Carlyle
Virginia Field ...
Mrs. Katie Sommers
Stephen Dunne ...
Bobby Herman Sr. (as Steve Dunne)
Phillip Terry ...
Mr. Carlyle
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Mr. George Sommers
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Mr. Morton
Suzi Carnell ...
Marge Ryker
Jan Norris ...
Terry
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Mark
Peter Virgo ...
Fred - Dean of Boys
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Police Captain
Bruce Kerner ...
Mark
Peter Virgo Jr. ...
George
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Peter Gifford is a likable, dedicated schoolteacher that teaches a senior life skills class. When student Janet Sommers brings up the topic of sex and dating, he asks students to write questions on the topic, and will cover them in the next class. The parents get wind of what Gifford is about to do, notify the principal, and he warns Peter not to read the questions in class. Gifford decides to go against this and is suspended. The whole student body protests, and the administration gets worried on what to do. Written by Pat McCurry

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Frühreife Generation  »

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Director Buzz Kulik's first feature film. See more »

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The first time William Shatner enters the classroom, a microphone is visible at the top of the frame for a full ten seconds. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Morton: [refering to handbill about protest rally] In our own printshop! On our own presses! How could this happen?
Printing Teacher: Well like I said, we're understaffed. Not a bad little job, but the spacing could be a little better here...
Mr. Morton: You may go!
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Wait for Me
By Hal Borne
Sung by Kim Charney (as Kimm Charney)
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Good B&W Film About Teenagers in 1960
26 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

William Shatner stars in this B&W classroom drama about the changing mores of the last 50s and early 60s. Released in 1961, this film would ring true to both adult and teenage viewers of the time. Only a few years before, Rebel Without a Cause had set the table for a new teenage paradigm. When we see a convertible full of teenagers speeding dangerously through a town (accentuated by a hand held camera in a trailing vehicle), we immediately recognize the form--a dangerous mix of freedom and rebellion.

It is in this setting that Shatner, as the young teacher, does his best to teach his students what they really need to know. One student (played by Patty McCormack only a few years after The Bad Seed!) suggests that the most relevant topic is sex, meaning the role of sex in teenage relationships. The newly claimed freedom of teenagers and their rebellion against the values of their parents made sexual behavior a volatile subject. When the parents discover the teacher is "making them" discuss sex, the town is ready to march with pitchforks (with a capital P, that rhymes with T, and that stands for Trouble!).

Except for the very obvious boom mike hanging over the classroom, I found the production values of this film excellent. The story was interesting. And Shatner doesn't even_talk with his_halting rhythms he became known for.


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