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Spare the Rod (1961)

It is London in the year 1960 and John Saunders enthusiastically begins his new teaching career at a tough slum-area school. His class are bored pupils in their last term before leaving. Will he handle the grave problems that lie ahead?

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Complete credited cast:
Max Bygraves ...
John Saunders
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Mr. Jenkins
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Arthur Gregory
Betty McDowall ...
Ann Collins
Peter Reynolds ...
Alec Murray
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Mrs. Pond
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Mrs. Harkness
Mary Merrall ...
Miss Fogg
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Fred Harkness
Claire Marshall ...
Margaret
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John Saunders is a teacher, just out of training college, who takes over a class of badly behaved children in an inner city school. The general rule amongst the other teachers is to enforce discipline with the cane, but Saunders has other ideas, but he has to fight against another teacher, who has a vicious streak. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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19 April 1962 (Hungary)  »

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In his auto-biography, Max Bygraves considered this to be the film he was most proud of and was pleased with the praise given to his performance. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Jenkins: Please don't make the mistake your predecessor did of calling any one of the pupils a bastard.You see Mister.Saunders some off them are
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Soundtracks

Blest Are the Pure in Heart
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Tune: "Franconia"
Music by Johann Konig
Music adapted by W.H. Havergal
Words by John Keble
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IYou Need Hands
1 December 2013 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This is actually a fairly decent film ,made at a time when films about schools were very popular,eg St Trinians,Carry On Teacher,Bottoms Up.Maybe because there were so many of us at school at that time.I was at a grammar school but I recognised some of my old teachers in the characters shown here.On the one hand the disciplinarian and on the other the friendly teacher who made lessons interesting.There were many schools just like that shown in the film.Kids could leave at age 14 so some of them were just waiting till they could get their freedom.Bygraves,Keen and Pleasance all give first rate performances in an underrated film which is now available on video.


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