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High School Confidential! (1958)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 15, 2004

Running Time
1 hour, 25 minutes

Country USA

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Other Titles
• High School Confidential!
• Young Hellions (1964)



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Genre: Crime, Drama, Drugs, Teenage, Cult Classic, School / Campus

Tagline: Behind these "nice" school walls... A TEACHERS' NIGHTMARE!...A TEEN-AGE JUNGLE!

Plot: This camp classic tries to keep a straight face as a "sizzling expose" of American high schools. New kid Tony (Russ Tamblyn) talks crazy slang, makes a pass at Miss Jergens (Joan Staples), scores some grass, drag races against a kid played by Michael Landon, and outclasses the other big man on the schoolyard played by John Drew Barrymore, all in his first day. As it turns out, Tony is an undercover narcotics agent, and really wants to help these poor kids, especially poor Arlene (Jan Sterling), a sweet girl who seems doomed now that she's hard her first puff of "mary jane." He starts working with, and falling for, Miss Jergens, but Tony's horny aunt (the busty Mamie Van Doren) keeps interrupting his homework by trying to seduce him. There's even beatnik poetry, and Jackie Coogan (Uncle Fester from the ADDAM'S FAMILY) as Mr. A, the top man of the dope ring. Jerry Lee Lewis swings by on a flat bed truck to bang out the title tune on his piano. This is the pinnacle of 1950s rock-and-roll, juvenile delinquent movies, and an essential addition to any camp aficionado's library.

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 Directed by
Jack Arnold
Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Mouse That Roared
 Written by
Robert Blees
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Lewis Meltzer
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 Cast
Mamie Van Doren
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Russ Tamblyn
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Jan Sterling
Ace in the Hole, The High and the Mighty, The Harder They Fall
John Drew Barrymore
While the City Sleeps, The Trojan War, 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
Diane Jergens
Desk Set, The FBI Story
Ray Anthony
Daddy Long Legs, The Girl Can't Help It, The Five Pennies
Jerry Lee Lewis
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