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Blackboard Jungle

Released 1955
Distributor MGM

A turning point for rock and roll. Bill Haley and the Comets provide the groundbreaking context as former teacher turned crime writer Evan Hunter’s novel becomes, in the hands of director Richard Brooks, primarily an expose of the corruption of urban school systems. Uncharacteristically realistic for the period, this set the tone for another half decade of juvenile delinquency exploitation films.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.