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Platinum High School

  • Drama
  • 1960
  • Charles Haas
  • 93 mins
  • A

Summary

At an exclusive military academy on Sabre Island (played by Catalina Island), rich young delinquents think money puts them above the law. Enter Steve Conway (Mickey Rooney) - there to investigate the death of his son, who he had been told died in an accident. The Mick(ey Rooney, that is) finds himself quickly in 5 feet of trouble (over his eyebrows), when he's met with hostility by the school's commandant, Major Redfern Kelly (Dan Duryea), and the latter's sweetheart-secretary, Jennifer Evans (Terry Moore); intimidated by the cadet drill instructor, Vince Perley (Christopher Dark), and the P.E. instructor, Hack Marlow (Richard Jaeckel). Attempts are made on his life by a trio of cadets, known collectively as "the 3 beasts", and he's trapped in a 3-against-1 fight with rifles, Just to keep him tested, there's a big speedboat vs. small motor boat (Rooney's craft of course) chase through shark-infested waters. This happens right after he makes a startling discovery when he talks to his son's former roommate, 'Chip' Hastings (Warren Berlinger). The film was released in 1964 as Trouble At Sixteen, by Cinema Associates as part of a double-bill with Girls Town (1959) (now called The Innocent and the Damned, a rather descriptive title; considering the cast).

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

The former multi-talented child and teenage phenomenon, Mickey Rooney, whose acting career in middle age seemed to land him in a hotch-potch of unworthy material, stars in this partly interesting, partly nonsensically sensationalist drama, directed by Charles Haas, whose supporting cast includes other old-timers Dan Duryea and Elisha Cook Jr. Rooney is the father, estranged from his son by divorce, who arrives at the military academy where his boy has been killed. There, he realises that the establishment is home to delinquent misfits from wealthy families, suspects foul play in his son's death and is himself endangered by his probing for the truth.

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Credits

Cast

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Steven ConwayMickey Rooney
Jennifer EvansTerry Moore
Major Redfern KellyDan Duryea
Lorinda NibleyYvette Mimieux
Billy Jack BarnesConway Twitty
Bud StarkweatherJimmy Boyd
Charley Boy CableHarold Lloyd Jr
Hack MarlowRichard Jaeckel
Harry NesbittElisha Cook Jr

Crew

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DirectorCharles Haas

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released on
1960-10-23
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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