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Blackboard Jungle (1955) was a Drama Film directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Pandro S. Berman.

The film was based on the novel The Blackboard Jungle written by Evan Hunter published in 1954.

Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Henry GraceNominated
Best CinematographyRussell HarlanNominated
Best Film EditingFerris WebsterNominated
Best WritingRichard BrooksNominated
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ClassicFlix (Teen Scene) – Review #22: Blackboard Jungle (1955)

By Virginie Pronovost on Jun 30, 2017 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

From March 2015 to April 2017, I was writing the monthly Teen Scene column for the website ClassicFlix. My objective was to promote classic films among teenagers and young adults. Due to the establishing of a new version of the website, it?s now more difficult to access to the old version and read t... Read full article


Blackboard Jungle

By Beatrice on Mar 12, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Blackboard Jungle Directed by Richard Brooks Written by Richard Brooks from a novel by Evan Hunter 1955/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Netflix rental A lot of it doesn’t quite ring true, but this film has nervous energy to burn. Veteran Richard Dadier (Glenn Ford) has a surprisingly ... Read full article


Weekday Watch: Blackboard Jungle (1955)

By Vanessa Buttino on Feb 12, 2014 From Stardust

Weekday Watch: Blackboard Jungle (1955) First, let's get the technical stuff out of the way: this film was directed by Richard Brooks and released in March 1955. It starred Glenn Ford as high school English teacher Richard Daddy-O Dadier, Anne Francis as his insecure, jealous, and fragile wi... Read full article


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Quotes from

Richard Dadier: They can't all be bad kids.
Prof. A.R. Kraal: Why not?


Anne Dadier: I was like one of the bad kids in your class. Somebody told me a lie and I believed it. One's as bad as the other.


Richard Dadier: Yeah, I've been beaten up, but I'm not beaten. I'm not beaten, and I'm not quittin'.


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The lead "juvenile delinquents" were played by Vic Morrow and Sidney Poitier; in the year of film's release, Morrow was 26 and Poitier was 28.
The film was initially rejected for a UK cinema certificate by the BBFC in March 1955. It was resubmitted again in August where it was then by around 6 minutes to remove uses of threatening dialogue and the entire climactic switchblade scene between Dadier and Artie. It would later be passed completely uncut for video and DVD with a 12 certificate.
This film launched the Rock and Roll era by using "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets as its theme music. The song was chosen for the theme after it was heard among records owned by Peter Ford, the son of the film's star, Glenn Ford. For years it was thought the producer's daughter had discovered the song, but this has since been proven incorrect. "Rock Around the Clock" went to No. 1 around the world and eventually sold an estimated 25 million copies.
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