6.3/10
789
27 user 26 critic

High School Confidential! (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 13 June 1958 (USA)
A tough kid comes to a new high school and begins muscling his way into the drug scene. As he moves his way up the ladder, a schoolteacher tries to reform him, his aunt tries to seduce him,... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writers:

Robert Blees (screenplay), Robert Blees (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Party Girl (1958)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Lawyer Tommy Farrell is a defender of crooks. Vicki Gaye encourages him to go straight, but mob king Rico Angelo insists otherwise.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb
Untamed Youth (1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Sisters Jane and Penny are arrested for hitchhiking on their way to Los Angeles when they stop for a quick skinny-dip in a rural town. Local agricultural magnate Tropp is a sponsor for a ... See full summary »

Director: Howard W. Koch
Stars: Mamie Van Doren, Lori Nelson, John Russell
Thunder Road (1958)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A veteran comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moonshining business. He has to battle big-city gangsters who are trying to take over the business and the police who are trying to put him in prison.

Director: Arthur Ripley
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Drama focusing on a family of Southern aristocrats who are trying to deal with the dissolution of their clan and the loss of its reputation, faith, fortunes and respect.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Yul Brynner, Joanne Woodward, Margaret Leighton
Girls Town (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

Silver is a troubled teenage girl sent to a Catholic reform school, where she has trouble fitting in.

Director: Charles F. Haas
Stars: Mamie Van Doren, Mel Tormé, Ray Anthony
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Eighteen-year-old Johnnie, chafing under his father's authority, seeks to get a job, buy a hot-rod, woo his girl, and stand up to the local bully.

Director: Paul Helmick
Stars: Chuck Courtney, Melinda Byron, Robert Fuller
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A couple invites a Count from Hungary, who recently immigrated to America, to conduct a seance for the woman's recently deceased mother, oblivious to the fact that he is actually a vampire.

Director: Bob Kelljan
Stars: Robert Quarry, Roger Perry, Michael Murphy
Crime | Mystery | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Boris Karloff, Anthony Dawson, Jean Kent
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A noble swordsman, whose arm had been chopped off, returns to his former teacher to defend him from a villainous gang of rival swordsmen.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Chiao Chiao, Chung-Hsin Huang
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Husband and wife pilots Mike Dandridge and Maggie Colby try to balance their time and priorities between work and family life.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Lana Turner, Jeff Chandler, Richard Denning
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A detective is assigned to track down and capture a crazed serial rapist.

Director: Charles F. Haas
Stars: Steve Cochran, Mamie Van Doren, Ray Danton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russ Tamblyn ... Tony Baker / Mike Wilson
Jan Sterling ... Arlene Williams
John Drew Barrymore ... J. I. Coleridge
Mamie Van Doren ... Gwen Dulaine
Jerry Lee Lewis ... Jerry Lee Lewis
Ray Anthony ... Bix
Jackie Coogan ... Mr. A
Charles Chaplin Jr. ... Quinn
Diane Jergens ... Joan Staples
Burt Douglas Burt Douglas ... Jukey Judlow
Michael Landon ... Steve Bentley
Jody Fair Jody Fair ... Doris
Phillipa Fallon Phillipa Fallon ... Poetess
Robin Raymond ... Kitty
Lyle Talbot ... William Remington Kane
Edit

Storyline

A tough kid comes to a new high school and begins muscling his way into the drug scene. As he moves his way up the ladder, a schoolteacher tries to reform him, his aunt tries to seduce him, and the "weedheads" are eager to use his newly found enterprise, but he has his own agenda. After an altercation involving fast cars, hidden drugs, and police, he's accepted by the drug kingpin and is off into the big leagues. A typical morality play of the era, filled with a naive view of drugs, nihilistic beat poetry, and some incredible '50s slang. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Behind these "nice" school walls... A TEACHERS' NIGHTMARE!...A TEEN-AGE JUNGLE! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Hellions See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (as Perspecta Sound)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The "Christopher Columbus" rap near the beginning of the film is a direct lift of the style of the "hipster" comedian Richard Buckley (aka "Lord Buckley"). See more »

Quotes

Poetess: My old man was a bread stasher all his life. He never got fat. He wound up with a used car, a 17-inch screen and arthritis. Tomorrow is a drag, man, tomorrow is a king-sized bust. // They cried, "Put down pot. Don't think a lot." For what? Time how much and what to do with it. Sleep, man, and you might wake up diggin' the whole human race, givin' itself three days to get out. Tomorrow is a drag, pops, the future is a flake. // I had a canary who couldn't sing. I had a cat that let me share my ...
See more »

Connections

Featured in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Among the best B-movies of the 1950s
30 March 2006 | by rboylernSee all my reviews

For what it is, a B-movie of the first order, I loved this clunker about marijuana and high school students. Acting skills required for the roles are minimal, nor do any of the teenagers even look like they're under 25 years old. Russ Tamblyn, for all his trying .... well, he should have remained a dancer. Jan Sterling gives an OK performance as the teacher, but it's far below her standards. Mamie Van Doren of the bleach-blond hair and prodigious balcony provides some completely unintended comic relief in the role of the somewhat whorish aunt. The ghastly script only adds to the triumph of this cliché riddled classic. The fight scenes are so fake as to be seen from a mile away. All the young women look like they have some kind of cone-shaped things in their brassieres, according to the fashion of the times. A "must see" for all B-movie lovers.


12 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 27 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed