Blackboard Jungle: The Film That Ushered Rock N Roll Into The Mainstream

By Jacob Shelton
Source: IMDB

In 1955, Blackboard Jungle put rock 'n roll (of Bill Haley and the Comets) on the screen -- a concept that was revolutionary at the time. When MGM released Blackboard Jungle, reviewers thought it was just another “teenage crimewave” movie, a genre in which tough high school students learned lessons at the hands of their elders, but it was much more important than any b-movie. By using the burgeoning sounds of rock and roll from Bill Haley and the Comets, Blackboard Jungle connected with young people and sparked a movement. With the release of Blackboard Jungle in 1955, the sound became codified and teenagers recognized that a new sound was pounding through their speakers.