Roddy McDowall stars as Alan Musgrave, a teenage outcast who becomes protector and friend of ambitious high school cheerleader Barbara Ann Greene (Tuesday Weld) in this incredibly black comedy set against the backdrop of a Los Angeles High School.
Barbara is driven to marriage, movie stardom, and (when it suits her mood) murder, performed by Alan.
Lola Albright is Weld’s alcoholic cocktail-waitress mother, Marie, Harvey Korman the puffed-up high school principal, Weldon Emmett, and Ruth Gordon the poisonously sarcastic mother-in-law addicted to yoghurt and Stingers.
This satire of Southern California sends up progressive education, greed and the idle rich with belly-laughs galore, and so many bizarre touches one wonders how director George Axelrod ever convinced a major studio to let him get away with this much.
It also has one of the grooviest 60s soundtracks ever, featuring an obscure group called The Wild Ones.
Barbara Ann Greene
Dr Milton Lippman