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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16 June 2020 | plan99
| A "school desk drama".
Gritty 1950s/1960s film are often described as "kitchen sink dramas" but here we have a "school desk drama" every bit as depressing as a kitchen sink one. It was difficult who to feel the most sorry for, the teachers or the pupils, but it's probably the pupils as they had more miserable years ahead of them than the much older teachers. Two years after this film Richard O'Sullivan appeared the Burton and Taylor extravaganza "Cleopatra" playing Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII, could there be a bigger contrast in lifestyle between these two characters played by O'Sullivan?

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