Spare the Rod

Spare the Rod

Leslie Norman (1961)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Although he didn't make many films, Max Bygraves is a surprisingly sympathetic screen presence in this docudramatic story about a benevolent teacher in a tough inner-city school. Of course, he's not in the same league as those old pros Donald Pleasence and Geoffrey Keen, who give completely credible performances as the wishy-washy headmaster and the staffroom tyrant respectively. A young Richard O'Sullivan is his trademark perky self as a cheeky pupil. Directed with care by Leslie Norman, the film's production values are too spartan to disguise the lack of a cutting edge to the tale.


An inexperienced teacher takes his first job working in a tough East End school. His colleagues all advise him to use rigorous discipline - and corporal punishment - on his rebellious pupils, but he remains determined to win their respect and confidence. Drama, starring Max Bygraves and Donald Pleasence.

Cast & Crew

John Saunders Max Bygraves
Mr Jenkins Donald Pleasence
Arthur Gregory Geoffrey Keen
Fred Harkness Richard O'Sullivan
Ann Collins Betty McDowall
Alec Murray Peter Reynolds
Mrs Pond Jean Anderson
Mrs Harkness Eleanor Summerfield
Director Leslie Norman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Weyland Film Prods Ltd