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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.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.