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Platinum High School

Platinum High School(1960)

Also Known As: Rich, Young and Deadly | Trouble at 16 |

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Brief Synopsis

Re-issued in 1964 as "Trouble At Sixteen" by Cinema Associates as part of a double-bill with "Girls Town" (now called "The Innocent and the Damned" and a rather descriptive title considering the cast), this film takes place at an exclusive military academy on Sabre Island (played by Catalina Island) attended by rich young delinquents who think money puts them above the law. Enter Steve Conway (Mickey Rooney) there to investigate the death of his son, whom he has been told died in an accident. The Mick is quickly in five feet of trouble (over his eyebrows) when he is 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 cadet trio known as "The Three Beasts", and he is trapped in a three-against-one fight with rifles, although memory fails as to just where Rooney came up with his rifle. Just to keep him tested there is a big-speedboat vs. small-motor boat (Rooney's craft of course) chase in shark-infested waters. That comes right after he makes a startling discovery when he talks to his son's former roommate Chip Hastings (Warren Berlinger).

Cast & Crew

Charles Haas Director
Mickey Rooney Steven Conway
Terry Moore Jennifer Evans
Dan Duryea Maj. Redfern Kelly
Conway Twitty Billy Jack Barnes
Warren Berlinger Crip Hastings
Yvette Mimieux Lorinda Nibley
Jimmy Boyd Bud Starkweather
Richard Jaeckel Hack Marlow
Elisha Cook Jr. Harry Nesbit
Jack Carr Joe Nibley
Christopher Dark Vince Perley
Harold Lloyd Jr. Charley Boy Cable

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: 25 May 1960
Release Date:  1960 Production Date:  EB
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Albert Zugsmith Productions, Inc., Fryman Enterprises, Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Duration(mins):  93 or 95 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  8,391    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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