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Spare the Rod (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 June 1961 (UK)
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It is London in the year 1960 and John Saunders enthusiastically begins his new teaching career at a tough slum-area school. His class are bored pupils in their last term before leaving. Will he handle the grave problems that lie ahead?

Director:

Leslie Norman

Writers:

John Cresswell (screenplay), Michael Croft (based on the book by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Max Bygraves Max Bygraves ... John Saunders
Donald Pleasence ... Mr. Jenkins
Geoffrey Keen ... Arthur Gregory
Betty McDowall ... Ann Collins
Peter Reynolds ... Alec Murray
Jean Anderson ... Mrs. Pond
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Mrs. Harkness
Mary Merrall ... Miss Fogg
Richard O'Sullivan ... Fred Harkness
Claire Marshall Claire Marshall ... Margaret (as Diane Marshall)
Jeremy Bulloch ... Angell
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John Saunders is a teacher, just out of training college, who takes over a class of badly behaved children in an inner city school. The general rule amongst the other teachers is to enforce discipline with the cane, but Saunders has other ideas, but he has to fight against another teacher, who has a vicious streak. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Trivia

"Bryanston Films Ltd" recorded a financial loss when "Spare the Rod" was on general release in the U.K. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene has a lollipop man holding up the traffic to allow children to cross the road however he stops and walks off as some children start to cross the road and the traffic almost runs into them, the lollipop man would not leave his post until all the children had crossed and the cars would not deliberately aim for the kids. See more »

Quotes

[Jenkins enters Saunders' class and is angry at the pupils' behaviour]
Mr. Jenkins: Be quiet! Somebody gives you something interesting to do for once and you all behave like a pack of lunatics!
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Opening credits cast list ends with "and the Rest of Class II. See more »

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Written by Cliff Adams
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5 November 2019 | by tomcatrsSee all my reviews

Spare the rod is brilliant movie superb acting and atmospheric, so many programs have copied this, max bygraves suprised me with he's acting it was very good


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1961 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Suhog a pálca See more »

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Production Co:

Weyland Films See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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