Director Paul Wendkos (Gidget, The Burglar) addresses youth culture and the clash between one generation and another in a story of a sympathetic young teacher (Dick Clark, TV's "American Bandstand") and his high school students. Neil Hendry's (Clark) class includes Buddy McCalla (Warren Berlinger), a popular member of the football team; Ricky Summers (Roberta Shore), a pretty young cheerleader; Anne Gregor (Tuesday Weld, Once Upon a Time in America and A Safe Place), a girl mature for her years as the result of a scarring "experience"; and Griff Rimer (Michael Callan, The Interns and Cat Ballou), a tough-as-nails transfer from Conway. Neil becomes romantically involved with the principal's secretary (Victoria Shaw, The Eddy Duchin Story), but his involvement with his students is a cause of concern for the principal. Any respectable teen-flick from the '60s should have musical guest appearances: here they're by James Darren and Duane Eddy and the Rebels. Newly remastered.
This fast-paced, entertaining drama set in a high school is directed by Paul Wendkos who has a talent for turning teen-oriented movies into hits, as proven just before this release (his 1959 GIDGET). The ever-young Dick Clark plays Neil, a new, dedicated history teacher who becomes involved with the lives of his students and always for the better. He also becomes involved with Joan (Victoria Shaw) the attractive secretary in the principal's office. In an era before cocaine, crack, and school shootings would destroy the nation's image of high schools forever, the problems of "delinquents" like Griff (Michael Callan), or Buddy (Warren Berlinger), whose mother is unfaithful, may seem archaic to some audiences.
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