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Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Presented by the Weill Center

Date: August 18, 2017
Time: 7 pm (only)

Richard Dadier (Glenn Ford) is a new teacher at North Manual Trades High School, an inner-city school of diverse ethnic backgrounds where many of the pupils, led by student Gregory Miller (Sidney Poitier), frequently engage in anti-social behavior. Dadier makes various attempts to engage the students' interest in education, challenging both the school staff and the pupils.

Recommended by Julian Jetzer, Weill Center's Technical Director
"Every high school student went to see this film when it was first released! I remember when they first showed it here back in 1955 - everyone was dancing in the aisles!"

Movie Length: 1 hour 41 minutes
Type: Crime, Drama
Release Date: March 25, 1955
Rated: Approved

Fun Facts

  • This film showed at the Sheboygan Theatre (now known as the Weill Center) when it was first released in 1955. Many students from North High School and Central High Schools (now known as South High School) attended. (Source: Julian Jetzer)
  • The film marked the rock and roll revolution by featuring Bill Haley & His Comets "Rock Around the Clock." In some theaters, when the film was first released, the song was not heard at all at the beginning of the film because rock and roll was considered a bad influence. Despite this, other instances of the song were not cut.
  • This film was the debut for Jamie Farr, well known for playing Corporal Klinger in the M*A*S*H TV series.
  • It is remembered for its innovative use of rock and roll in its soundtrack and for the unusual breakout role of a Bahamian-American cast member, future Oscar winner and star Sidney Poitier as a rebellious, yet musically talented student.

(Source for facts above: Wikipedia)


  • $5 Movie Passes will be available in the Ticket Office the day of the Movie.

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