Thomas Arnold is hired to be the new headmaster at Rugby, whose students have acquired a reputation for being wild, disruptive, and dishonest. He institutes strict disciplinary policies, and expels numerous boys as a result. Many of the teachers, trustees, and parents turn against him. Squire Brown, his most vocal supporter, decides to send his own son Tom to Rugby as a demonstration of confidence. Tom soon learns that the school is plagued by bullies, and he is frequently targeted by them. He and the other boys are hindered, though, by an unwritten understanding that none of them will ever report the misdeeds of another to the authorities.
THE GREATEST SCHOOL-STORY EVER WRITTEN COMES TO THE SCREEN IN ALL ITS GLORY! (original print ad - all caps)
Did You Know?
The earliest documented telecasts of this film in New York City occurred Monday 30 December 1946 on DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5) and in Los Angeles Sunday 29 February 1948 on DuMont's KTLA (Channel 5), followed by Baltimore Friday 9 April 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), and by Detroit Sunday 2 May 1948 on WWJ (Channel 4). In San Francisco it first aired Saturday 14 May 1949 on the City's second commercial television station, freshly launched KGO (Channel 7), and in Cincinnati Tuesday 6 September 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more
When the boy shoots a pea-shooter at Fleishman from the back, it hits near the top of his stovepipe hat yet he grabs back of his neck in pain. See more
You know our schools: nurseries of iniquity and vice. We want the revolution in education.
Movie based on Thomas Hugh's novel, yet he's given no credit for it. See more
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[Film's theme, and sung by the Rugby students in celebration] See more