Blackboard Jungle

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Blackboard Jungle ★★★½ 1955

Well-remembered urban drama about an idealistic teacher in a slum area who fights doggedly to connect with his unruly students. Bill Hailey's “Rock Around the Clock” over the opening credits was the first use of rock music in a mainstream feature film. Based on Evan Hunter novel. 101m/B VHS, DVD . Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Sidney Poitier, Vic Morrow, Richard Kiley, Margaret (Maggie) Hayes, John Hoyt, Warner Anderson, Paul Mazursky, Jamie Farr, Richard Deacon, Emile Meyer; D: Richard Brooks; W: Richard Brooks; C: Russell Harlan; M: Charles Wolcott.