Blackboard Jungle (1955)

blackboard jungle“Yeah, I’ve been beaten up, but I’m not beaten. I’m not beaten, and I’m not quittin’. ” – Richard Dadier

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Jan 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A rookie teacher tries to make a difference with inner-city delinquent students who refuse to learn.

My Take on it – This is another movie I’ve been meaning o see for years and never got around to it.

I am so glad I finally saw it.

This is based on a book that it also known for being very good (haven’t read it yet, so I can’t tell you how good the adaptation is)

The premise has been reused so many times over the years, but even after 60 years it still feels relevant and not out-dated.

Glenn Ford is great as the main character and he is joined by a largely unknown 1955 cast, many of whom would become household names in the years to follow.

Sidney Poitier, Vic Morrow (who apparently beat out a young unknown actor named Steve McQueen for his role), Jamie Farr, Richard Kiley and Paul Mazursky are all great here.

I liked how although this was made in the 50’s, many of the themes explored were done so without trying to gloss over controversial subject matter of the time.

Bottom Line – Great story that has been copied so many times and still have relevance 60 years later. Ford leads a great cast of unknowns who became very popular actors. Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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