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Blackboard Jungle Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

In this gritty urban drama, war veteran Richard Dadier ([[Performer~P24236~Glenn Ford~glennford]]) wants to begin his career as a teacher and is given an assignment at a boys high school in inner-city New York. However, he soon discovers the school is overrun by delinquents, led by Artie West ([[Performer~P103603~Vic Morrow~vicmorrow]]), an insolent hood who likes to call Richard "Mr. Daddy-O." Artie and his gang steal, destroy property, refuse to respect authority, and threaten the female teachers with rape. While most of the faculty have given up and meekly let the delinquents do what they want, Dadier is determined to bring order back to his classroom, even after Artie's thugs threaten Richard's pregnant wife. Keep your eyes peeled for a bit part by [[Performer~P22647~Jameel Farah~jameelfarah]], years before he would change his name to [[Performer~P22742~Jamie Farr~jamiefarr]]. Blackboard Jungle was also the first major studio film to use rock & roll on the soundtrack; the film's success kick-started sales of "Rock Around the Clock" by [[Performer~P208846~Bill Haley & His Comets~billhaleyhiscomets]], which helped to spark the rock & roll boom of the 1950s. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 19, 1955

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randall Duell Best Black and White Art Direction 1955 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Richard Brooks Best Director 1955 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Brooks Best Screenplay 1955 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Russell Harlan Best Black and White Cinematography 1955 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Black and White Art Direction 1955 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edwin B. Willis Best Black and White Art Direction 1955 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Henry W. Grace Best Black and White Art Direction 1955 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ferris Webster Best Editing 1955 Nominee

Cast

Glenn Ford
as Richard Dadier
Sidney Poitier
as Gregory W. Miller
Anne Francis
as Anne Dadier
Louis Calhern
as Jim Murdock
Vic Morrow
as Artie West
John Hoyt
as Mr. Warneke
Maggie Hayes
as Lois Judby Hammond
Warner Anderson
as Dr. Bradley
Basil Ruysdael
as Prof. A.R. Kraal
Dan Terranova
as Belazi
Rafael Campos
as Pete V. Morales
Paul Mazursky
as Emmanuel Stoker
Horace McMahon
as Detective
Danny Dennis
as De Lica
Jamie Farr
as Santini
Richard Deacon
Richard Kiley
as Joshua Y. Edwards
Warren Hamilton
Robert Foulk
as Mr. Katz
Henny Backus
Manuel Paris
as Proprietor
Dorothy Neumann
as Miss Panucci

Crew

Richard Brooks
Director
Pandro S. Berman
Producer
Richard Brooks
Screenwriter
Evan Hunter
Book Author
Russell Harlan
Cinematographer
Charles Wolcott
Composer (Music Score)
Ferris Webster
Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Production Designer
Randall Duell
Production Designer
Joel Freeman
First Assistant Director
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