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Spare the Rod (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 June 1961 (UK)
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It is London in the year 1960 and John Saunders enthusiastically begins his new teaching career at a tough slum-area school. His class are bored pupils in their last term before leaving. Will he handle the grave problems that lie ahead?

Director:

Leslie Norman

Writers:

John Cresswell (screenplay), Michael Croft (based on the book by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Max Bygraves Max Bygraves ... John Saunders
Donald Pleasence ... Mr. Jenkins
Geoffrey Keen ... Arthur Gregory
Betty McDowall ... Ann Collins
Peter Reynolds ... Alec Murray
Jean Anderson ... Mrs. Pond
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Mrs. Harkness
Mary Merrall ... Miss Fogg
Richard O'Sullivan ... Fred Harkness
Claire Marshall Claire Marshall ... Margaret (as Diane Marshall)
Jeremy Bulloch ... Angell
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John Saunders is a teacher, just out of training college, who takes over a class of badly behaved children in an inner city school. The general rule amongst the other teachers is to enforce discipline with the cane, but Saunders has other ideas, but he has to fight against another teacher, who has a vicious streak. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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The opening scene has a lollipop man holding up the traffic to allow children to cross the road however he stops and walks off as some children start to cross the road and the traffic almost runs into them, the lollipop man would not leave his post until all the children had crossed and the cars would not deliberately aim for the kids. See more »

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[Jenkins enters Saunders' class and is angry at the pupils' behaviour]
Mr. Jenkins: Be quiet! Somebody gives you something interesting to do for once and you all behave like a pack of lunatics!
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Opening credits cast list ends with "and the Rest of Class II. See more »


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Tough, No-Nonsense Thriller
14 February 2018 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Max Bygraves did not enter movies that often. In CHARLIE MOON (1956) he had a role as a young lover with a hit song. SPARE THE ROD was very different. Directed by Leslie Norman, who was a grid workmanlike director, Bygraves plays an orphan boy made good as he takes up the role of a supply teacher at one of London's toughest schools. The temptation might have been to sentimentalise the material, but to his credit Norman suggests that friendships are few and far between in this discipline-dominated institution, presided over by a head teacher (Donald Pleasance) with a fondness fir a big stick and tyrannical rule. His sidekick (Geoffrey Keen) is a teacher of the old school, where the cane does most of the talking. Bygraves enters a knife-edge atmosphere, where learner rebellion is perpetually imminent, and semi-succeeds at his job by listening to the learners and taking their ambitions in mind. Needless to say, he doesn't succeed where others have failed, his over-zealous temper getting the better of him in the end when he attempts to defend a learner against an unwarranted beating from a teacher. At the end it is left undecided whether he will stay or not, but he remains popular by combining strictness with understanding. The film Has its share of educational cinematic cliches, but remains refreshingly


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1961 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Suhog a pálca See more »

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