Drama

Up the Down Staircase

  • Directed By: Robert Mulligan

Synopsis: Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The administration is concerned mainly with forms and rules (there's an up and and a down staircase); bells ring at the wrong time. Nevertheless, she tries. How she handles the chaos and her despair in her first semester makes up the film: a promising student drops out, another sleeps through class, a girl with a crush on a male teacher gets suicidal, and a bright but troublesome student misunderstands Sylvia's reaching out. A discussion of Dickens, parents' night, and a mock trial highlight the term. Can she make it?

Cast
Patrick Bedford

Paul Barringer

Eileen Heckart

Henrietta Pastorfield

Ruth White

Beatrice Schacter

Jean Stapleton

Sadie Finch

Sorrell Booke

Dr. Bester

Roy Poole

Mr. McHabe

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Release Date: Jan 18th, 1967
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