April 12, 2017

Blackboard Jungle

Blackboard Jungle is a 1955 social commentary film about teachers in an inter-racial inner-city school, based on the novel of the same name by Evan Hunter and adapted for the screen and directed by Richard Brooks. It is remembered for its innovative use of rock and roll in its soundtrack and for the unusual breakout role of a Black cast member, future Oscar winner and star Sidney Poitier as a rebellious, yet musically talented student.   

The score for the film was written by Charles Wolcott who also wrote the 1944 hit single, Tico-Tico.    

In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".     

Blackboard Jungle Links:     
The Plot     
The Cast & credits         
Awards and honors    
Cultural impact        
Blackboard Jungle opening & credits on YouTube                          
Tico Tico by the Andrews Sisters on YouTube               
Styrous® ~ Wednesday, April 12, 2017  

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