6.3/10
757
27 user 24 critic

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 »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Bill Gibson is Little Joe's nemesis and is one of the men who can testify that he saw the labor boss in an incriminating conversation with a known criminal - something that Little Joe ... See full summary »

Director: Charles F. Haas
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Steve Cochran, Mamie Van Doren
Tarantula (1955)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A spider escapes from an isolated Arizona desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll
The Enforcer (1951)
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc.

Directors: Bretaigne Windust, Raoul Walsh
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

An alien intelligence aborts the launching of a rocket with the help of a bunch of children.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Michel Ray, Adam Williams, Peggy Webber
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A detective is assigned to track down and capture a crazed serial rapist.

Director: Charles F. Haas
Stars: Steve Cochran, Mamie Van Doren, Ray Danton
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Jean Seberg, David Niven, Deborah Kerr
Girls Town (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Silver is a troubled teenage girl sent to a Catholic reform school, where she has trouble fitting in.

Director: Charles F. Haas
Stars: Mamie Van Doren, Mel Tormé, Ray Anthony
The Locket (1946)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum, Brian Aherne
Day of Anger (1967)
Certificate: M/PG Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A scruffy garbage boy becomes the pupil of a famed gunfighter, and the stage for confrontation is set when the gunman becomes unhinged and overruns the boy's town through violence and corruption.

Director: Tonino Valerii
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Giuliano Gemma, Walter Rilla
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Respectable citizens receive anonymous letters revealing their adulterous relationships.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Linda Darnell, Charles Boyer, Michael Rennie
Edit

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. 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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Hellions See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Great Balls of Fire! (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Entertaining silliness
9 April 1999 | by cricket-14See all my reviews

This movie is deliciously dated.

The dialogue is outrageous - especially the scene in the classroom when one of the male students talks about Christopher Columbus going to that "deep pool" of the Alantic Ocean with his "non-stop studs" - which now, out of context, sounds more like a line from a gay porno flick instead of a 1950s b-movie (!).

Like many teen romps of the late 50s, the sound track is way cool, with Jerry Lee Lewis doing the opening theme song.

Lots of fun. Mamie Van Doren as always, is a treat. The cast includes a lot of people who were in a bunch of 50s flicks together - Jackie Coogan, Russ Tamblyn, Jan "Female on the Beach" Sterling, etc.

If you like this film, you'll also like Mamie in "Girls Town".


18 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 27 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed