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Blackboard Jungle (1955)



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This gritty, unflinching film centers on Richard Dadier, a war vet who gets a job teaching in a tough inner-city school. An idealist, he honestly believes he can make a difference with the kids, but unfortunately, he gets no support from the rest of the faculty.

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Glenn Ford
as Richard Dadier
Anne Francis
as Anne Dadier
Louis Calhern
as Jim Murdock
Margaret Hayes
as Lois Judby Hammond
John Hoyt
as Mr. Warneke
Richard Kiley
as Joshua Y. Edwards
Maggie Hayes
as Lois Judby Hammond
Emile G. Meyer
as Mr. Halloran
Warner Anderson
as Dr. Bradley
Basil Ruysdael
as Prof. A.R. Kraal
Vic Morrow
as Artie West
Rafael Campos
as Pete V. Morales
Paul Mazursky
as Emmanuel Stoker
Horace McMahon
as Detective
Horace MacMahon
as Detective
Jameel Farah
as Santini
Richard Deacon
as Mr. Stanley
Dorothy Neumann
as Miss Panucci
Virginia Pherrin
as Teacher in Lounge
Henny Backus
as Miss Brady
David Alpert
as Lou Savoldi
Robert Foulk
as Mr. Katz
Peter Miller
as Joe Murray
Paul Hoffman
as Mr. Lefkowitz
Tom McKee
as Manners
Manuel Paris
as Proprietor
Jamie Farr
as Santini
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Critic Reviews for Blackboard Jungle

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8)

More important, however, than the letter of the film is the spirit. It seizes a burning issue, and lets the sparks fall where they may.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Originating the genre of 'dedicated teacher reaches troubled kids in a ghetto school', this is still affecting although heavy-handed.

April 8, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Glenn Ford, Morrow and Poitier are so real in their performances under the probing direction by Brooks that the picture alternatingly has the viewer pleading, indignant and frightened before the conclusion.

April 8, 2008 | Full Review…

The studied pseudo-documentary atmosphere never quite convinces.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It gives a blood-curdling, nightmarish picture or monstrous disorder in a public school. And it leaves one wondering wildly whether such out-of-hand horrors can be.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…


May 23, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blackboard Jungle


One of the earliest if not the earliest school/teacher drama out there that deals with issues of violence, drugs, crime (attempted rape) etc. You got give the filmmakers credits for taking this bold step and Glenn Ford holds his own as tight-teethed teacher fighting against the odds. Of course, the depiciton of the kids is very one-sided and follow (or should I say established) the typical formula that is still being used today. Evil leader, good leader and the teacher who tries to win over the other while getting rid of the bad seed. Yes, the whole pro-America, hard-working man take is slightly annoying but then again, the film is from 1955 and that is probably what one has to expect. Apart from being one of the first of its kind, a solid lead performance and the charisma of Poitier, I don't see a lot of merit in her that warrants a rating above 2.5.

Henrik Schunk
Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer

A provocative and powerful drama about a teacher, Glenn Ford in a superb performance and his harrowing experiences in a New York City high school in the mid 1950s. Where gang violence, racial and sexual tensions are out of control, from the scenes that show the painful inability of the teacher to control his class to incidents of straight assaults by some juvenile hoodlums this a hard-hitting entertainment. A first-rate cast with Vic Morrow as the leader of teen misfits and Sidney Poitier in star-making performance as a troubled youth. This was the first film to feature rock music-"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley is played over the opening and closing credits. One of the most controversial films in cinematic history.

Danny Rovira
Danny Rovira

Super Reviewer


Not a weak depiction actually but frankly not my kind of film, I couldn't care less about its characters

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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