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Spare the Rod (1961)

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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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Credited cast:
Max Bygraves ...
John Saunders
Geoffrey Keen ...
Arthur Gregory
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Mr. Jenkins
Betty McDowall ...
Ann Collins
Peter Reynolds ...
Alec Murray
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Mrs. Pond
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Mrs. Harkness
Mary Merrall ...
Miss Fogg
Aubrey Woods ...
Mr. Bickerstaff
Rory MacDermot ...
Mr. Richards
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Fred Harkness
Claire Marshall ...
Margaret (as Diane Marshall)
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Angell
Annette Robertson ...
Doris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
June Archer ...
Gladys Weekes
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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 »

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Arthur Gregory: Its the end of term and almost Christmas,Mister.Gregory grabs hold of a small boy who is running in school this occurs just as the home-time bell is ringing.Gregory is about to give him a good hiding but he relents and lets the boy loose."All right I'll let you off this time as its Christmas"
Mr. Jenkins: Never to late to learn isn't that your motto Arthur ?
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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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29 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Max Bygraves was hugely popular in the UK as a singer and comedian - and subsequently as a game show host - but, it has to be said, his greatest attribute was his affability.

A number of his singles made the UK charts and his "singalong" albums appealed (particularly) to older listeners not, I think, simply because he was a passably good vocalist, but because his persona was so likable and non-threatening.

In Spare the Rod, he is cast as a supply teacher working in a tough secondary modern school in the East End of London, hoping to succeed by winning over the pupils rather than punishing them. Along the way, he shows the bad boys that he can mix it with the best whilst refusing to be seduced by the bad girls.

Donald Pleasance is excellent as the headmaster who has no illusions whatsoever about the youngsters in his charge or the system that he is required to follow and Geoffrey Keen, as the sadistic woodwork teacher, reminds us all of some of the bad, bad times in what used to be described as the best years of our lives! Amongst the kids, look out, especially, for Richard O'Sullivan and Jeremy Bulloch, both of whom excel.

As for Max, well, sadly he wasn't really much of an actor but, surrounded by professionals as he is, he doesn't do too badly.

And it is kind of hard to dislike or say bad things about someone who is just so affable.


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