The Party Crashers

In most juvenile delinquent films I’ve encountered, the parents are usually pretty run-of-the-mill.  They’re usually a bit strict, and perhaps not as tuned in to their troubled teens as they should be.  It certainly wasn’t the “everyone over 30 is stupid” type vibe that ruled the teen films of my era, the 80’s.  But in…

So Evil, So Young

Kind of a sub-genre of the juvenile delinquent movies of the late 50’s and early 60’s is the girls-in-prison genre.  Often we would end up with a good girl who wrongly ends up in a prison or boarding school ruled over by evil old ladies.  Today’s movie definitely fits into that mold, with two minor…

Young and Dangerous

I’ve shared several times about the fondness I have for the juvenile delinquent films of the 50’s.  They try, oh so slyly, to disguise themselves as exposing the dangers of letting your teens run wild, but they really just use that as an excuse to show the sort of nastiness that puts butts in seats.…

The Diary of a High School Bride

A seventeen-year-old girl, still in high school, runs off and marries her twenty-four-year-old boyfriend.  Sounds like the kind of stuff we saw in after-school specials quite often in the 80’s.  But in 1959, this was the stuff of cheap, short, exploitation films…like today’s movie, “The Diary of a High School Bride.”The film begins with a…

Young and Wild

The juvenile delinquent movies of the 1950’s are a lot of fun.  They try so hard to appear to be cautionary tales or to promote good citizenship.  But that was just an excuse to create stories featuring teenagers doing all sorts of nasty stuff…and of course, that put butt’s in seats.  The 1958 film “Young…