Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM
A Teacher's Nightmare! A Teenage Jungle!
High School Confidential!
1958 / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
This hilarious expose of the evils of marijuana, directed by Jack Arnold, opens with the title song performed by Jerry Lee Lewis, which became an instant hit for Sam Phillips' Sun Records and reached #21 on the Billboard charts. The wildly improbable cast is headed by fifties pinup queen Mamie Van Doren and features Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, John Drew Barrymore, Jackie Coogan, Michael Landon, Charlie Chaplin Jr., and even William Wellman Jr.
A perfect time capsule of 50's teen angst and beatnik rebellion, High School Confidential! is a rare example of a major studio (MGM) trying to cash in on the burgeoning teen market. Filmed in glorious black-and-white CinemaScope, the Official Razzie Movie Guide rates it one of the 100 Most Enjoyable Bad Movies Ever Made.