Spare the Rod (1961)

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It is London in the year 1960 and John Saunders enthusiastically begins his new teaching career at a tough slum-area school. His class are bored pupils in their last term before leaving. Will he handle the grave problems that lie ahead?


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19 April 2019 | shakercoola
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| A tale about semblance of order in the classroom
This British social drama set in the East End of London in the late 1950s, is a portrayal of the second tier education when establishments were largely starved of attention and resources from education authorities, drawing on source material from the 1954 novel. There is an honourable and honest value to the story's theme, and a lesson to educators about the effect of the excesses of corporal punishment. Max Bygraves brings sincerity and attractiveness to the lead character though it lacks a little in cogency in scenes with Geoffrey Keen's menacing master, and Donald Pleasance's headmaster of lost ideals. As a footnote, Max Bygraves personally funded the making of the film, inspired by the novel and his own upbringing and experiences in the East End of London.

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