VERY GOOD 1955 b/w film dealing with juvenile delinquency. Excellent performances by Glenn Ford as teacher - and Vic Morrow in his film debut as one of the 'bad boys'.
A great movie, as riveting and relevant as it was in1955.
Unfortunately, by today’s standards it all comes across as a little too trite and tidy with simple discussions often morphing into sermons and a lukewarm script rife with truisms and clichéd bad boys; one tense scene in which Old Glory comes to the rescue provides a particularly puzzling metaphor. Interesting just the same, and the opening credits featuring Bill Halley and His Comets belting out “Rock Around the Clock” was cool, if somewhat odd.
It's just as well Glenn Ford stopped teaching at that girls' school. There's enough chemistry flying between him and Sidney Poitier. Some clever dialogue and realistic situations. Less one star for sexism and hypocrisy: a teacher is "asking for it" with the way she dresses. She has a flannel suit, like that slut June Cleaver.
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