Up the Down Staircase
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Up the Down Staircase
A serious social drama film of the type that flourished in the 1960's, Up the Down Staircase seems somewhat dated and preachy when viewed by modern audiences. The subject matter is laudable, of course: an ambitious, spirited and concerned young teacher determined to make a difference in a troubled inner city school. And there are quite a few memorable moments, including a very well-directed juxtaposition of Sylvia Barrett triumphing by getting her class excited about A Tale of Two Cities as the lovelorn and dejected Alice Blake quietly and calmly examines the classroom of the teacher she… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Humorless version of Kaufman's novel doesn't show Mulligan's personal touch."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Picks up where Blackboard Jungle (1955) left off."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of Hollywood's earnest efforts about highschool education, sort of a female version of Blackboard Jungle and To Sir With Love, with Sandy Dennis in the lead."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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