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High School Confidential! (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 13 June 1958 (USA)
A tough kid comes to a new high school and begins muscling his way into the drug scene. As he moves his way up the ladder, a schoolteacher tries to reform him, his aunt tries to seduce him,... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writers:

Robert Blees (screenplay), Robert Blees (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russ Tamblyn ... Tony Baker / Mike Wilson
Jan Sterling ... Arlene Williams
John Drew Barrymore ... J. I. Coleridge
Mamie Van Doren ... Gwen Dulaine
Jerry Lee Lewis ... Jerry Lee Lewis
Ray Anthony ... Bix
Jackie Coogan ... Mr. A
Charles Chaplin Jr. ... Quinn
Diane Jergens ... Joan Staples
Burt Douglas Burt Douglas ... Jukey Judlow
Michael Landon ... Steve Bentley
Jody Fair Jody Fair ... Doris
Phillipa Fallon Phillipa Fallon ... Poetess
Robin Raymond ... Kitty
Lyle Talbot ... William Remington Kane
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Storyline

A tough kid comes to a new high school and begins muscling his way into the drug scene. As he moves his way up the ladder, a schoolteacher tries to reform him, his aunt tries to seduce him, and the "weedheads" are eager to use his newly found enterprise, but he has his own agenda. After an altercation involving fast cars, hidden drugs, and police, he's accepted by the drug kingpin and is off into the big leagues. A typical morality play of the era, filled with a naive view of drugs, nihilistic beat poetry, and some incredible '50s slang. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Behind these "nice" school walls... A TEACHERS' NIGHTMARE!...A TEEN-AGE JUNGLE! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Hellions See more »

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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (as Perspecta Sound)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Final film of Charles Halton. See more »

Quotes

Mr. 'Mr. A' August: Put that drink down. You know what alcohol does to your system.
J. I. Coleridge: It's my first one.
Mr. 'Mr. A' August: Now, look. I pay ya for a class family. Upper class. Let's keep it that way. Just lay off the booze. Now get out.
[pauses, turns to Baker]
Mr. 'Mr. A' August: Alcohol's murder on the system.
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The movie with the best opening credits and the birth of rap
24 May 2005 | by hawparksSee all my reviews

Believe or not but in this movie I just love to see over and over again the opening credits. And I am sure that everybody that sees this movie, will agree with me. Another outstanding thing is that if you think that rap music was invented and started in the 90's, you must check out this lady from the 50's. Now, the rest of the movie is a very serious drama. A drama that made me laugh throughout the movie like if it was a comedy. Could this be a funny drama? I don't know but if you give it a chance you'll know what I mean. And about the DVD, I was disappointed to read that it was in "full screen", but when I saw it I couldn't be more happy to see that it was a mistake and it was in widescreen as it should (too bad it was mono). And too bad that in those days the credits at the end were so short. It would've been great to see Jerry do the whole "high school confidential" again, or maybe "great balls of fire". I gave it a 10 for the credits, 8 for the rap song and 0 for the rest, My total is 6.


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