David Green is brought into a prestigious 1950s school to help their football team to beat the school's old rivals. David, however, is from a working class background, so he isn't really "one of them", but he's very successful at making friends. David is a Jew, and has to keep this a secret from his friends for fear of being rejected. Written by
Just Because You're Accepted Doesn't Mean You Belong.
Did You Know?
Ironically, given the antisemitism that pervades almost all of the students' attitudes, "Smokey Joe's Cafe," the song that the classmates enjoy (and which Mr. Cleary dismisses as being from the "jungle") was written by a pair of Jewish songwriters, Jerry Leiber
and Mike Stoller
, who wrote many of the biggest radio hits of the 1950s and early 1960s. Many of the other songs heard in the movie and on the soundtrack were also written or co-written by Jewish songwriters, including "Rock Around the Clock," "Three Coins In The Fountain," "That Old Black Magic," "Isn't It Romantic," and "When I Take My Sugar To Tea." See more
When David is being asked by the class for whether or not he trusts them to determine who cheated between himself and Dillon, the position of his sweater collar changes between shots. See more
Davey! Davey you're here.
He's not going off to war, only Massachusetts, huh?
References Rebel Without a Cause
Rock Around The Clock
by James E. Myers
(as Jimmy DeKnight) and Max Freedman
(as Max Friedman) See more