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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 »

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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. 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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A Shattering Drama of Our Tough, Troubled Teen-Agers! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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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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Trivia

The "Christopher Columbus" rap near the beginning of the film is a direct lift of the style of the "hipster" comedian Richard Buckley (aka "Lord Buckley"). See more »

Quotes

Gwen Dulaine: You looking for excitement?
Tony Baker: Why not? I'm a citizen!
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Among the best B-movies of the 1950s
30 March 2006 | by rboylernSee all my reviews

For what it is, a B-movie of the first order, I loved this clunker about marijuana and high school students. Acting skills required for the roles are minimal, nor do any of the teenagers even look like they're under 25 years old. Russ Tamblyn, for all his trying .... well, he should have remained a dancer. Jan Sterling gives an OK performance as the teacher, but it's far below her standards. Mamie Van Doren of the bleach-blond hair and prodigious balcony provides some completely unintended comic relief in the role of the somewhat whorish aunt. The ghastly script only adds to the triumph of this cliché riddled classic. The fight scenes are so fake as to be seen from a mile away. All the young women look like they have some kind of cone-shaped things in their brassieres, according to the fashion of the times. A "must see" for all B-movie lovers.


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