The high school junior class is being plagued by the antics of Jim, the class show-off. At first amused by his cutting up, the class is getting increasngly frustrated, as Jim is starting to... See full summary »

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The high school junior class is being plagued by the antics of Jim, the class show-off. At first amused by his cutting up, the class is getting increasngly frustrated, as Jim is starting to give them a bad name with such behavior as cracking jokes during a play rehearsal, tripping a kid at a party and deliberately falling off a chair. One night, thought, Jim goes over the line: he sneaks into school and hangs a banner saying, "Yay, Juniors!" across the entrance. Outraged by such shocking behavior, local parents bombard the principal, demanding to know what kind of school he is running where such brazen acts of rebellion are allowed. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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From the Director of Carnival of Souls....
3 January 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Show-Off, The (1954)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent, if annoying, educational film about Jim, a junior class clown who is constantly trying to make a joke out of everything. At first his classmates find him funny but soon he starts to make the entire school look bad and those same classmates must try and find a way to make him quit. The main draw of this film is that it was directed by Herk Harvey who would go onto make the cult classic CARNIVAL OF SOULS. Fans of that film will also notice Frances Feist in the lead here as she too would go onto appear in the cult film in a supporting bit. If you're familiar with these type of educational films then you know they're either straight and dull or campy and over-the-top. This one here certainly falls into the straight aspect but I think it does a little bit more to stay away from the dull side. There are some pretty good technical things including the editing and I must say that the direction wasn't too bad. The biggest problem with the film is the character Jim who is so annoying that you'll never be laughing at anything he does and instead you're going to be wishing that someone would just punch him in the jaw. Another weird thing about this film is the way it shows a classmate as well as a teacher telling the story of Jim and to say the ending really doesn't accomplish anything would be an understatement.


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