Blu-ray, DVD Release: High School Confidential!

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 26, 2014
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films

High School Confidential movie scene

Jan Sterling (ctr.), Russ Tamblyn, Mamie Van Doren, and her torpedo bra star in High School Confidential!

High School Confidential! is generally regarded as one of the most memorable and iconic B-movies of the 1950s–a real cult favorite masquerading as a crime boiled crime drama….

The film stars Russ Tamblyn (West Side Story) as Tony Baker, the new kid at Santa Bellow High, whose cocky attitude and ambitious weed-dealing enable him to infiltrate the gang of a local narcotics boss played by Jackie Coogan (TVs The Addams Family).

Directed by Jack Arnold (Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Incredible Shrinking Man) and released in 1958, High School Confidential! deliciously swims in its exploitation of bad girls, fast cars and raunchy rock’n’roll.

Most notably, the movie features the sexy and shapely Mamie Van Doren in her most outrageous role, wrapped in tight sweaters that would make Ed Wood jealous! And the opening sequence with a piano pounding performance of the theme song by Jerry Lee Lewis on a flatbed truck is one that still sizzles a half-century-plus after it was unleashed.


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.