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Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Directed by Richard Brooks. Cast: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Margaret Hayes, Sidney Poitier, Vic Morrow. Film about life in an inner city high school in the 50's that was the first to utilize a rock 'n' roll soundtrack. A dedicated young teacher soon loses his idealism when he has to deal with the tensions that threaten to destroy his classroom. Online Access through LFLFC ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

"...the film was banned in Memphis, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. A June 1955 news item in Variety reported that the film was banned in Atlanta because it was deemed "immoral, obscene, licentious and will adversely affect the peace, health, morals and good order of the city." [AFI Catalog]
See also:
Biltereyst, Daniel. "American Juvenile Delinquency Movies and the European Censors: The Cross-Cultural Reception and Censorship of The Wild One, Blackboard Jungle, and Rebel Without a Cause." In: Youth culture in global cinema / Edited by Timothy Shary and Alexandra Seibel. 1st ed. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.Y6.Y68) 2007
Simmons, Jerold. "Violent youth: The censoring and public reception of The Wild One and The Blackboard Jungle." Film History: An International Journal Volume 20, Number 3, 2008 Full-text of this article / review is available:UCB users only

See also: Biltereyst, Daniel. "American Juvenile Delinquency Movies and the European Censors: The Cross-Cultural Reception and Censorship of The Wild One, Blackboard Jungle, and Rebel Without a Cause." In: Youth culture in global cinema / Edited by Timothy Shary and Alexandra Seibel. 1st ed. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.Y6.Y68) 2007 Simmons, Jerold. "Violent youth: The censoring and public reception of The Wild One and The Blackboard Jungle." Film History: An International Journal Volume 20, Number 3, 2008 Full-text of this article / review is available:UCB users only

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