High School Confidential (1958)
as Tony Baker
as Arlene Williams
as J.I. Coleridge
as Mr. A
as Gwen Dulaine
as Joan Staples
as Jukey Judlow
as Steve Bentley
as Jack Staples
as William Remington Kane
as Woman at Race
as Police Sergeant
as David Wingate
Critic Reviews for High School Confidential
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What makes High School Confidential a spectacularly unconvincing anti-marijuana manifesto also makes it a consistently amusing, eminently re-watchable camp comedy.
Audience Reviews for High School Confidential
Beatnik High This is movie is an anti-marijuana movie. It begins with Jerry Lee Lewis performing from the back of a truck in the High School parking lot. They only use one Jerry Lee Lewis song in the whole movie. Much of the dialog uses what was considered hip talk back in the 1950's Beatnik era. Compared to the Hippies of the 1960's the "Beatniks" of this movie look like clean cut wholesome kids. But they are not kids. There is not a single real teenager in the whole movie. They use actors in their very early 20's to stand in for teenagers. This was one of Michael Landon's early movies. He plays the leader of a Hot Rod club. Some of the other actors did some Bonanza episodes in the 1960's. The plot involves a planting of an undercover policeman in an unnamed High School to find the supplier of drugs to the students. This plot is used over and over again in movies and TV shows up to this day. They explicitly imply that marijuana is a gateway drug to heroin. The problem is they establish that the school principle is not told the main character is a cop and that he is too old to be in High School. He even says he spent two years in the Army. When a High School drop out joins the Army the first thing the Army does in put the recruit in a GED class. And you can't go back to High School after your 19th birthday. Jackie Coogan plays the head drug dealer. Since he played Uncle Fester in the Adams Family he doesn't look like a bad guy anymore. The only reasons to watch this movie is to laugh at what was considered hip in the 1950's, to see Mamie Van Doren in a padded bra, and to see a young Jerry Lee Lewis perform his act.
A most ridiculous classic cult teen-exploitation film about juvenile delinquents in the 1950s, but not without being entertaining.
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.
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