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Richard Brooks

Blackboard Jungle

101' - 1955 - Crime, Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: Richard Brooks Composer: Charles Wolcott With: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern
It was a shocking movie at the time and was said to provoke violence, and when Clare Boothe Luce, then American ambassador to Italy, protested its showing at the Venice Film Festival, its international fame was assured. The subject - contempt for authority (in a metropolitan trade school) - is treated as a problem with a definite solution. Surrounded by hostile and delinquent boys, the hero, an idealistic teacher (Glenn Ford) tries to reach the salvageable one among them - Sidney Poitier, who gives an angry, exciting performance. With Louis Calhern, who's always fun to wacht; Margaret Hayes, as the teacher who's a candidate for rape; Anne Francis in the tiresome role of Ford's pregnant wife; Richard Kiley, as the embarrassingly weak-kneed teacher whose jazz records get smashed. (Pauline Kael)

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Credits

Director

Richard Brooks

Composer

Charles Wolcott

With

Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern

Scenario

Richard Brooks

Director of Photography

Russell Harlan

Editor

Ferris Webster

Producer

Pandro S. Berman

More information

Dialogue

English

Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"The Blackboard Jungle" (Richard Brooks)

Year

1955

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