UNTAMED YOUTH
1957, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Howard W. Koch

Sexpot Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson play sisters convicted of hitchhiking and skinny-dipping and sent to a correctional farm - whose owner dates the local judge to ensure a steady supply of inmate labor. Like any good juvenile delinquent flick, UNTAMED YOUTH includes cool tunes; along with incidental music from Les Baxter, Mamie gets to wail a few numbers, and rock ‘n’ roll great Eddie Cochran chimes in as fellow inmate Bong. As ’50s film pleasures go, we find this one “guilty”!


HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL!
1958, MGM/Cinema Associates, 85 min, USA, Dir: Jack Arnold

“Behind these ‘nice’ school walls – a teacher’s nightmare! A teen-age jungle!” More interested in studying marijuana than mathematics, tough new kid Tony Baker (Russ Tamblyn) makes a beeline for the wrong crowd in this fast-paced exploitation fave. The cast is as wild as the action, with memorable appearances from slumming Hollywood scions Charlie Chaplin, Jr. and John Drew Barrymore, recovering teenage werewolf Michael Landon and the immortal Mamie Van Doren as Tony’s hot-to-trot aunt. Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis sings the classic title song.


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