High School Confidential (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

High School Confidential (1958)




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Movie Info

Complete with a performance by Jerry Lee Lewis over its opening credits, Jack Arnold's High School Confidential stars Russ Tamblyn as Tony, a troubled street kid sent to live with his hot-to-trot aunt (Mamie Van Doren). After enrolling in school, he quickly becomes wrapped up in the local drug scene, culminating in a surprise ending. Also titled Young Hellions.


Russ Tamblyn
as Tony Baker
Jan Sterling
as Arlene Williams
John Drew Barrymore
as J.I. Coleridge
Mamie Van Doren
as Gwen Dulaine
Diane Jergens
as Joan Staples
Burt Douglas
as Jukey Judlow
Michael Landon
as Steve Bentley
Jody Fair
as Doris
James Todd
as Jack Staples
Lyle Talbot
as William Remington Kane
William Wellman Jr.
as Wheeler-Dealer
Joe Foster
as Henchman
Kim Chance
as Waitress
Della Malzahn
as Woman at Race
Gil Perkins
as Police Sergeant
Pierre Watkin
as David Wingate
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Critic Reviews for High School Confidential

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

What makes High School Confidential a spectacularly unconvincing anti-marijuana manifesto also makes it a consistently amusing, eminently re-watchable camp comedy.

September 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As astringent a vision of the late-'50s as Frank Tashlin's are opulent

February 12, 2010 | Full Review…

A most ridiculous classic cult teen-exploitation film about juvenile delinquents in the 1950s, but not without being entertaining.

March 28, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Hot stuff in '58, but period sleaze is nostalgic fun now.

August 3, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

Hilariously broad exploitation stuff.

July 27, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for High School Confidential


This movie may remind you of reefer madness and movies like it, and it should it's basically the same kind of film, one that's supposed to make you aware of the dark side of the teenage nightlife or something like that. This movie has a good story, but in the end it's lacking something.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Fantastic Drug Propaganda from the 50's The beat poetry and Jerry Lee Lewis are particularly choice

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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