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February 28, 2012
Glenn Ford takes on the role of an English teacher, trying to deal with his delinquent students. What I find fascinating about this movie is it was made during the time desegregation was starting to go into effect. It was very tense as the classroom literally became a battleground. Nothing much changed by the end of the film, but it's an interesting peek at the battles teachers were facing during the time. The film was made for the purpose of bringing awareness to those problems.
½ February 1, 2012
A well acted, real-life situation and characters, an engaging make-you-think film that is impossible to pull yourself away from. Excellent.
November 6, 2011
This practically screams 1950's.
½ June 19, 2011
Dated. But a very good film that paved the way for many other High School films and TV series.
The casting is great. Glenn Ford, Sidney Poitier ,and Vic Morrow all turn fine performances
½ May 23, 2011
Anyone who bemoans the state of public education today while pining for the 'good old days' where students were all well-behaved angels would do well to take in this incendiary classic, which was quite ahead of its time in unflinchingly depicting the hostility and apathy within a big city high school. Glenn Ford plays the idealistic and determined instructor, trying to reach an aloof and flippant Sidney Poitier while at the same time being threatened by a sullen, mumbling and explosive young Vic Morrow - his Artie West could be Terry Malloy's little brother. Notable for the use of Bill Haley and the Comets 'Rock Around the Clock' on the soundtrack, and bit parts by Jamie Farr and Paul Mazursky. Pretty strong stuff for its day or any day - the attempted rape of a teacher is a pivotal scene.
½ April 18, 2011
I wish I would have seen this film before the "teacher goes to school with delinquint kids, struggles for a while then finally gets through to them with a unique approach" plot was done to death. It does have the benefit of being original for its time, dealt with racism, provoked riots across the country as well as launched Bill Haley and The Comets to stardom. This is a dated yet highly-significant film.
April 9, 2011
Watched this last night on Netflix. Been awhile since I've seen it. Classic Glenn Ford, Sidney Poitier and Anne Francis (she was a babe). Way ahead of it's time. It's funny to see a young Jamie Farr (billed as Jameel Farah), he barely has a line in it, mostly just smiles like an idiot. Still a great film.
½ April 3, 2011
Perfect drama about a WWII veteran starting his new life as a teacher. The think is though, he choosed to teach at school with the worst reputation in the neighborhood.
½ March 28, 2011
Absilutely riveting, Blackboard Jungle stars Glenn Ford as a doey eyed teacher all ready to take on his first teaching assignment, but unfortunately for him, it's the worst school in the city. He has to somehow get through to the rowdy and eventually violent kids in the class, and has no clue how to. Step by step, and buouyed by a black boy, he finds a way. Glenn Ford is so good in this and the students are helmed by newcomers Vic Morrow and Sidney Poitier! Both give knockout performances here. Worth a watch to see the orignal good teach, bad school genre of filmmaking. Plus, it has that song...
March 20, 2011
Blackboard Jungle is a pretty intense film, and very cutting edge for 1955. It's probably the best "teacher vs unruly students" film I've seen.
½ December 8, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

(1955) Blackboard Jungle
DRAMA

Glenn Ford stars as Richard, a teacher with it's intentions to reform extremely rebellious and antagonistic students without much help from anybody especially from the staff! Well intentioned because it's the first film that deals with high school delinquents like watching a stage play in some parts!! However, sometimes it's a little too over the top- and demands subtley. And in this day and age, times had really changed since then making some of the characters unrelatable that if their were any troubled child to occur could easily get a suspension and can be arrested if tresspass on school property!

2 out of 4
December 1, 2010
I usually hate teacher movies, but this film has little of the contrived inspirational garbage found in most teacher films. Gritty, realistic, and way ahead of its team - deals with issues that were largely ignored in most Hollywood films of this era. The first movie to use a rock song also pushed the boundaries in a lot of other areas.
October 17, 2010
Great movie with a great cast. This movie is not dated like most of the 50"s movies. A must see.

"Yeah, I've been beaten up, but I'm not beaten. I'm not beaten, and I'm not quittin'."
October 14, 2010
Black and white, this film really said the truth about city schools in the 50's and even now.

"The film features smoldering performances by a young Sidney Poitier and Vic Morrow as tough-as-nails rebels fighting over the role of leader in Dadier's classroom. This innovative and ultimately uplifting portrayal of a generation at odds with the world served as a seminal portrait of the darker side of the 1950s" --- RT

For the reasons above and many more, catch this film. It was way ahead of its time and Glenn Ford was way ahead of his time as well for trying to act the role of a idealistic teacher of smart ass kids.

A forerunner to To Sir With Love, this film paved the way for West Side Story. Hard hitting, gritty drama.

Worth watching more than once.
½ August 2, 2010
As far as movies with teachers changing their students' lives are concerned, not many hold a candle to this one - the predecessor, pretty much. Amazing performances, social impact and commentary, the outlining of an era. Right and wrong meet as the lines are blurry, and this movie shows that even if some people don't want to be saved, some do and can be.
July 17, 2010
Very good "teacher trying to reach troubled students" film that pretty much started the genre (and of course, started rock and roll in film). Glenn Ford is perfect as Mr. Daddy-O, er, I mean Dadier and Sidney Poitier and Vic Morrow are also great as two of the students. Surprisingly this film has aged pretty well, maybe not the setting so much, but the message it's trying to make.
July 4, 2010
For it's time, a VERY balsy movie.
No other film had tackled inner city problems in schools, and the struggles teachers face to get their students to WANT to learn. Also featured racial, sexual, and social tension that were unseen at the time in Hollywood film.

Also, a film that featured a strong black lead in Hollywood in the 1950s, and launched the great Sidney Poitier. Glenn Ford plays his role fantastically, and every character is believable in this film, and each character (teacher and student) represents a demographic in the educational and social hierarchy that we can still see today.
½ May 21, 2010
Blackboard Jungle is an amazing film. I thought the film said the truth about the city schools with honesty. The cast is excellent which includes Glenn Ford, Anne Frances, and Sidney Poitier. The script is also well written. Richard Brooks brought incredible story to the big screen. Blackboard Jungle is a must see.
May 2, 2010
seems a little dated and maybe a bit too much but really a pretty solid movie, a lot more ballsy than most movies of the time....a for runner to films like A Dangerous Mind, etc...
April 1, 2010
this was funny! an early movie about young delinquents! if they wanted to change something about teenage delinquency ... it didn't!
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