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  • I do have a couple of problems with this movie, delightful as it may be otherwise

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      From 1956, Eve Arden takes the part that she played successfully for four years on television, high school English teacher Constance ‘Connie’ Brooks, and puts her on the big screen. What is confusing to some, though, is that instead of moving forward with the story, this movie actually backs up, returning to Connie’s arrival in

      town and her first term at Madison High School.

      Just about all of the regulars from the series show up in the same roles in the movie, including the marvelous Gale Gordon as Osgood Conklin, the principal. He’s a hoot to watch. He has a snap in that attitude that makes you pay attention, and laugh as a result.

      I do have a couple of problems with this movie, delightful as it may be otherwise. For one thing, the movie moves fairly quickly. We only see Connie meeting a couple of people before we’re deep into the semester. There just isn’t enough groundwork for someone who may not be ...


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      familiar with the characters.

      The second thing is that the ‘kids’ don’t look like kids. Of course, I suppose we can’t blame the powers that be for doing this. After, years later we had Olivia Newton-John as a high school girl when she was way, way beyond that in real life. There’s a bit

      of belief suspension that has to be done with some of these ‘kids’.

      Overall, this is a nice film. It’s 50’s fun with words of dedication and honor, back when being a teacher really meant something. The acting is good, the humor is real, and it makes for good entertainment for those who like to venture back to yesteryear.




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