Because They're Young (1960)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Melodrama, Teen Movie  |   Release Date - Apr 1, 1960 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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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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big-city, help, high-school, life, love, school-principal, student, teacher, understanding