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Blackboard Jungle

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Atmospheric story of a teacher’s harrowing experience in the New York City school system. Navy veteran Glenn Ford is eager to start a new career as a high school teacher and his military training might come in handy. His new school is located in one of the poorest districts and is a magnet for delinquents. The new teacher’s idealism fades as he struggles to make a difference to his indifferent students. Rock came to the big screen when Bill Haley’s ‘Rock Around the Clock’ bopped over the opening credits.

Making his screen debut in Blackboard Jungle is an actor named Jameel Farah, who would become better known as Jamie Farr. His most famous role was as Maxwell Q. Klinger on the TV version of M*A*S*H.

Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Screenplay; Best Cinematography.

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USA | 101 minutes | 1955

Director: Richard Brooks
Producer: Pandro S. Berman
Original Story: Evan Hunter
Cinematography: Russell Harlan
Editor: Ferris Webster
Music: Charles Wolcott
Script: Richard Brooks
Production Design: Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons

cast
Glenn Ford as Richard DFadier
Bobby Somers as Student
Paul Mazursky as Emmanuel Stoker
Sidney Poitier as Gregory W. Miller
John Hoyt as Mr. Warneke
Richard Kiley as Joshua Y. Edwards
Vic Morrow as Artie West
Anne Francis as Ann Dadier
Louis Calhern as Jim Murdock
Margaret Hayes as Lois Judby Hammond
Emile Meyer as Mr. Halloran
Warner Anderson as Dr. Bradley
Basil Ruysdael as Prof. A.R. Kraal
Dan Terranova as Belazi
Rafael Campos as Pete V. Morales
Horace McMahon as Detective
Jamie Farr as Santini
Danny Dennis as De Lica

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