Blackboard Jungle (1955)

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A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.

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Trivia

This film is the origin of the slang term "Daddy-O" When the teacher (Glen Ford as Mr Dadier) writes his name on the blackboard, one of the students throws a baseball at it and knocks a hole at the end of his name - Dadier becomes Dadi-O , at which the class erupts in laughter and calls him "Daddy-O"


Quotes

Richard Dadier: What's your name?
Artie West: Why do you want to know?
Richard Dadier: What's your name?
Artie West: What're you picking on me for?
Richard Dadier: I'm not picking on you, I asked what's your name.


Goofs

As Mr.Dadier is talking to the detective about his attackers,a few of the students are seen entering the classroom twice.


Crazy Credits

"We, in the United States, are fortunate to have a school system that is a tribute to our communities and to our faith in American youth. Today we are concerned with juvenile delinquency -- its causes -- and its effects. We are especially concerned when this delinquency boils over into our schools. The scenes and incidents depicted here are fictional. However, we believe that public awareness is a first step toward a remedy for any problem. Is is in this spirit and with this faith that BLACKBOARD JUNGLE was produced."


Alternate Versions

The film was originally rejected in the UK for containing "unbridled, revolting hooliganism" and having a "damaging and harmful effect (on teenagers)". Following protests from the distributor, it was viewed again but there was an even split between examiners in favor of banning it again or cutting it for an X (16) certificate. After further meetings where the distributor claimed it had a sincere moral purpose, a cuts list was drawn up which removed around five minutes of footage. This included the following:

  • The foreword which absolved the US of blame regarding its realistic depiction - this was added specifically for foreign releases following the huge controversy it caused back home. It reads: "We, in the United States, are fortunate to have a school system that is a tribute to our communities and to our faith in American youth. Today we are concerned with juvenile delinquency -- its causes -- and its effects. We are especially concerned when this delinquency boils over into our schools. The scenes and incidents depicted here are fictional. However, we believe that public awareness is a first step toward a remedy for any problem. It is in this spirit and with this faith that BLACKBOARD JUNGLE was produced."
  • Male pupils leering at women.
  • A boy assaulting a female teacher.
  • Dadier being attacked.
  • Dadier being threatened by a knife-wielding pupil.
  • The planning and execution of a van robbery.
  • Dadier fighting back against a pupil.
Despite the heated conflict involving the BBFC and mixed reviews, the release of this X-rated cut version passed without incident and very little public feedback. No councils who viewed it chose to ban it. In 1996, it was submitted for a video release and passed uncut with a 12 certificate.


Soundtracks

Invention for Guitar and Trumpet
Written by
Willis Holman (uncredited)
Played by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra
Sal Salvador (guitar) (uncredited)
Maynard Ferguson (trumpet) (uncredited)
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.

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Crime | Drama

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