Director Jack Arnold explores the influence of drugs and rock ‘n’ roll on young minds in this campy 1958 classic that centers on the escapades of tough-talking teen Tony Baker, who quickly works his way into the dope scene of his new high school.
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Sure, the sensationalism about "maryjane" leading to "the hard stuff" is pretty hokey, but this film has a lot going for it, including Mamie van Doren, Jackie Coogan, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The dialogue is really fun, and there is some great beatnik poetry. All in all,more than you would expect from a 50's teen exploitation film.