Platinum High School Film Details
Overview: 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) …
Tagline: The storekeeper’s daughter! The midnight fight! In the path of the speeding killer-cruiser! “The Three Brutes!”
Review: Platinum High School marked a return to MGM for Mickey Rooney, the place that nurtured his talent and where he became a very big star as a kid. They even gave him a thinly disguised remake of one of their classics, Bad Day At Black Rock. Unfortunately Platinumn High School doesn’t come anywhere close to that film in quality. This school they’re referring to is a place where rich delinquents are sent. But occasionally a good kid like Warren Berlinger goes there and another one apparently was Rooney’s kid. Rooney’s kid died under mysterious circumstances and Rooney who’d been out of the picture for years through the machinations of his rich ex-wife is there to investigate. Like Spencer Tracy in Bad Day at Black Rock, he’s there to investigate. But he’s met with hostility at every turn. Leading the hostility is Dan Duryea the commandant of the school with his two aides, Richard Jaeckel and Christopher Dark playing the parts that Robert Ryan, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine had. Like Tracy at Black Rock, Rooney is isolated because the school is on an island. And the bad guys are closing in. Terry Moore steps into Anne Francis’s school. She’s the school secretary and Duryea’s squeeze. If you want to what happens to Ms. Moore, recall the fate of Anne Francis. In addition Terry plays a mean game of footsie that Anne wasn’t required to. Several young teenage actors of the time are in the cast as military cadets and I recall seeing the film when it first came out as the bottom half of a double bill. And it was in a drive-in with my uncle and his family. This film is typical drive-in fare. Platinum High School ought to be renamed Brass High School.
Duration: 95 min
Also known as: Isla de víboras,Trouble at Sixteen,Rich, Young and Deadly,A Ilha das Víboras,Platinum High School,Insel der Sadisten,Kauhujen saari,I perduti dell’isola degli squali