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Up the Down Staircase (1967)

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A serious social drama film of the type that flourished in the 1960's, Up the Down Staircase seems somewhat dated and preachy when viewed by modern audiences. The subject matter is laudable, of course: an ambitious, spirited and concerned young teacher determined to make a difference in a troubled inner city school. And there are quite a few memorable moments, including a very well-directed juxtaposition of Sylvia Barrett triumphing by getting her class excited about A Tale of Two Cities as the

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Tad Mosel

Nov 6, 2007

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Humorless version of Kaufman's novel doesn't show Mulligan's personal touch.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Picks up where Blackboard Jungle (1955) left off.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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One of Hollywood's earnest efforts about highschool education, sort of a female version of Blackboard Jungle and To Sir With Love, with Sandy Dennis in the lead.

February 8, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Well made, well acted drama of a young teacher's struggle to adapt to a tough inner city school. Some of the sheen has worn off the topicality of the issue since there have been many versions of it but this is a fine rendering of the tale. Sandy Dennis is perfectly cast in the lead.
May 24, 2011
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