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Black Board Jungle

-- Synopsis:
     A shock story of 1950's fictional all-male North Manual High School hoodlums! which portrays the horrible conditions that teachers had to face in the larger cities and small towns by switchblade-wielding, hot rod driving juvenile delinquents and made juvenile delinquency the top issue of the day. " Daddy-O" teacher Richard Dadier (Glen Ford) believes that he can reach and teach the kids. Sidney Poiter and Vic Morrow stole the entire picture as thugs with great performances and great acting skills. This film was nominated for four Oscars. There are  better films from this era and

this is a good one and an absolute must see film.

*Film Features:
     This film launched the Rock and Roll era to the mainstream public by using the song " Rock Around the Clock" (Bill Haley's) as its theme music. The Next film "Don't Knock the Rock" would officially start the craze. There is little to no dancing of any length thruout the film however it is still and important dance film due to Rock Around the Clock's influence in this movie as it had teenagers leaping from their seats to dance during the titles of Blackboard Jungle.

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More Film Information below





1955 Warner Home Video Richard Brooks DVD | VHS


Country Made:



101 minutes USA English B& W / Color


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Drama n/a n/a Poor

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

n/al n/a Glenn Ford
    Anne Francis
    Margaret Hayes
    Jamie Farr
    John Hoyt
    Sidney Potier
    Vic Morrow

Dances performed in this film   

Special Dance Interest

Rock and Roll n/a n/a Rock and Roll
    Teen Delinquency
     Bad Boys | Bad Girls

Some Music Titles in Film

Bands / Musicians / Singers

Posters / Lobby Cards

Blackboard Jungle < Willis Holman n/a
Invention for Guitar and Trumpet < Willis Holman    
Jazz Me Blues < Tom Delaney    
Let Me Go, Lover < Jenny Lou Carson, Al Hill    
Rock Around the Clock < Bill Haley and the Comets   

Stage versions of the film

Stage Date

Cast Recordings

Sheet Music Covers

n/a n/a n/a n/a

Books Available on this film ...



Date Published


Blackboard Jungle Hunter, Even 1955 Constable Place of Publication


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