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What About Juvenile Delinquency? (1955)

A teen drops out of a gang when they mug his father for his pencil.

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Arden Booth ...
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Tom McGinnis ...
Mayor Honeywell
Ernie Pontius ...
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Richard Schiefelbusch ...
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M.C. Slough ...
Jamie's father
Bret Waller ...
Bill Stillwell, head of student council
Arthur H. Wolf ...
Principal McPherson

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A teen drops out of a gang when they mug his father for his pencil.

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10 May 1955 (USA)  »

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What to Do About Juvenile Deliquency?  »

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From the director who gave you "Carnival of Souls"!!!!........
18 August 2007 | by (Cold Spring, KY) – See all my reviews

I had heard that Herk Harvey, director of the curious seminal 60s horror film "Carnival of Souls", had only done the one feature film, and had spent his career in film doing educational and promotional shorts, but this was the first time I had actually come across any of his work along these lines. Here he is working for Centron, a company responsible for a whole truck load of shorts made for classroom use on virtually every subject imaginable, from patriotism to tooth decay. Obviously, the subject this time around is juvenile delinquency, and frankly, it would take longer than the film's 10 minute running time to describe the curious goings on here. Broadly, without detailing things, the film attempts to put the shoe on the other foot as a high school gang member learns his club brothers have unknowingly attacked his own dad. The film ends, as Centron films often do, with some kind of jumping off point for classroom discussion. Whether this attack is serious enough to generate the kind of hysteria that ensues in the film, or would produce the kind of "teachable moment" the originators are looking for, is questionable. The bright side here is that the Mystery Science Theater crew got ahold of this and used it for one of their notorious shorts prior to their skewering of a feature film, 1963's wretched "Atomic Brain". Their commentary is very funny and makes this run of the mill classroom filmstrip almost watchable.


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