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Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 25 March 1955 (USA)
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A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Richard Brooks (screenplay), Evan Hunter (novel)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... Richard Dadier
Anne Francis ... Anne Dadier
Louis Calhern ... Jim Murdock
Margaret Hayes ... Lois Judby Hammond
John Hoyt ... Mr. Warneke
Richard Kiley ... Joshua Y. Edwards
Emile Meyer ... Mr. Halloran
Warner Anderson ... Dr. Bradley
Basil Ruysdael ... Prof. A.R. Kraal
Sidney Poitier ... Gregory W. Miller
Vic Morrow ... Artie West
Dan Terranova ... Belazi
Rafael Campos ... Pete V. Morales
Paul Mazursky ... Emmanuel Stoker
Horace McMahon ... Detective
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Storyline

War veteran Rick Dadier is one of three new teachers hired at North Manual High School, an inner city boys school. This is his first teaching assignment, which he needs to support himself and his insecure pregnant wife, Anne. Despite Principle Warnecke's assertions to the contrary, Dadier quickly learns that the rumors of student discipline problems at the school are indeed true. The established teachers at the school try to counsel the newcomers, all inexperienced in such situations, as how best to handle the rowdy students. Regardless, Dadier tries to exert discipline in his class, which provokes a violent response. Dadier believes the student leaders against him are Artie West, but more specifically Gregory Miller, who he thinks uses the fact of being black as a means of racial provocation. Dadier has to decide either to leave and teach at a "real" school, or stay and figure out how to get through to his students. If he decides to stay, he has to figure out who the real disruptive ... Written by Huggo

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A shock story of today's high school hoodlums! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blackboard Jungle See more »

Filming Locations:

El Segundo, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,168,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,292,000, 31 December 1955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,144,000, 31 December 1955
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The lead "juvenile delinquents" were played by Vic Morrow and Sidney Poitier; in the year of film's release, Morrow was twenty-six and Poitier was twenty-eight. See more »

Goofs

When the hoods break Josh's record collection, one of the kids starts playing a record and we hear music. During one part of the scene we see the phonograph arm playing the final groove of the record indicating that the record has finished playing, but we can still hear the music. See more »

Quotes

Richard Dadier: The name is Dadier. Mr. Dadier. Pronunciation is very important in English. I would hate to fail anyone who couldn't pronounce my name.
Artie West: Me too, teach?
Richard Dadier: Mr. Dadier.
Artie West: Yeah, sure.
Richard Dadier: Say it. And take your hat off in this classroom.
Artie West: You ever try to fight 35 guys at one time, teach?
Richard Dadier: [approaches West and West stands up to challenge him] Take your hat off, boy, before I knock it off.
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Crazy Credits

"We, in the United States, are fortunate to have a school system that is a tribute to our communities and to our faith in American youth. Today we are concerned with juvenile delinquency -- its causes -- and its effects. We are especially concerned when this delinquency boils over into our schools. The scenes and incidents depicted here are fictional. However, we believe that public awareness is a first step toward a remedy for any problem. Is is in this spirit and with this faith that BLACKBOARD JUNGLE was produced." See more »

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Soundtracks

The Jazz Me Blues
Written by Tom Delaney (uncredited)
Played by Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang
Courtesy of Columbia Records, Inc.
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The Hunter Gets Captured by the Prey.
10 October 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

James Dean's untimely death in September of 1955 made "Rebel Without a Cause" a booming box office and critical success. Overshadowed due to that was "Blackboard Jungle", a superior and more important film than the aforementioned "Rebel Without a Cause" (contrary to popular belief admittedly). It is New York in the mid-1950s and former military man Glenn Ford (in his greatest screen role) takes a job as a high school teacher in the inner-city. Soon it is blatantly apparent that the school is full of male thugs (most notably guys like Sidney Poitier, Vic Morrow, Paul Mazursky and even Jamie Farr) who run things with total disregard of faculty rules and policy. Ford becomes enraged and proves to be a lot tougher than originally thought. However when pregnant wife Anne Francis starts receiving anonymous phone calls and letters from one of Ford's students about a possible affair between he and one of his female co-workers, the real fireworks start. At first Ford believes that Poitier is the culprit, probably based more on race and Poitier's obvious intelligence rather than actual proof. It takes lots of time and effort, but Ford becomes determined to get through to his pupils and weed out those who are trying to impede his progress and the advancement of others at his school. "Blackboard Jungle" is another excellent piece from writer-director Richard Brooks (Oscar-nominated for writing). It is the first truly legitimate movie that dealt with 1950s teenage angst and it rises above every other movie of the genre. Ford is a revelation, once again showing that he is probably the most under-appreciated actor throughout the history of the cinema. With that said, "Blackboard Jungle" is likely best remembered as Poitier's breakthrough role, a role which ultimately led to outstanding movie after outstanding movie throughout the late-1950s and 1960s. Poitier, 28 at the time, plays much younger than he was and adds much emotion and depth to a potentially flat character. A booming rock'n'roll soundtrack and top-flight performances dominate Brooks' outstanding winner. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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