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Spare the Rod (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 April 1962 (Hungary)
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It is London in the year 1960 and John Saunders enthusiastically begins his new teaching career at a tough slum-area school. His class are bored pupils in their last term before leaving. Will he handle the grave problems that lie ahead?

Director:

Leslie Norman

Writers:

John Cresswell (screenplay), Michael Croft (based on the book by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Max Bygraves Max Bygraves ... John Saunders
Donald Pleasence ... Mr. Jenkins
Geoffrey Keen ... Arthur Gregory
Betty McDowall ... Ann Collins
Peter Reynolds ... Alec Murray
Jean Anderson ... Mrs. Pond
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Mrs. Harkness
Mary Merrall ... Miss Fogg
Richard O'Sullivan ... Fred Harkness
Claire Marshall Claire Marshall ... Margaret (as Diane Marshall)
Jeremy Bulloch ... Angell
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Storyline

John Saunders is a teacher, just out of training college, who takes over a class of badly behaved children in an inner city school. The general rule amongst the other teachers is to enforce discipline with the cane, but Saunders has other ideas, but he has to fight against another teacher, who has a vicious streak. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1962 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Suhog a pálca See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Weyland Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene has a lollipop man holding up the traffic to allow children to cross the road however he stops and walks off as some children start to cross the road and the traffic almost runs into them, the lollipop man would not leave his post until all the children had crossed and the cars would not deliberately aim for the kids. See more »

Quotes

[Jenkins enters Saunders' class and is angry at the pupils' behaviour]
Mr. Jenkins: Be quiet! Somebody gives you something interesting to do for once and you all behave like a pack of lunatics!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits cast list ends with "and the Rest of Class II. See more »


Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
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IYou Need Hands
1 December 2013 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is actually a fairly decent film ,made at a time when films about schools were very popular,eg St Trinians,Carry On Teacher,Bottoms Up.Maybe because there were so many of us at school at that time.I was at a grammar school but I recognised some of my old teachers in the characters shown here.On the one hand the disciplinarian and on the other the friendly teacher who made lessons interesting.There were many schools just like that shown in the film.Kids could leave at age 14 so some of them were just waiting till they could get their freedom.Bygraves,Keen and Pleasance all give first rate performances in an underrated film which is now available on video.


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