The seeds of violence

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German title The seeds of violence
Original title Blackboard Jungle
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1955
length 101 minutes
Director Richard Brooks
script Richard Brooks
production Pandro S. Berman
music Charles Wolcott , Bill Haley
camera Russell Harlan
cut Ferris Webster

The seeds of violence (original title: Blackboard Jungle ) is an American film from 1955. Directed by Richard Brooks . The main role was played by Glenn Ford . The film premiered in the United States on March 19, 1955. The story is based on the novel of the same name by Evan Hunter , who processed his own experiences as a teacher in the Bronx .


The World War II veteran Richard Dadier takes a job as an English teacher at a high school on. At this school, the students are in charge and the teachers have given up trying to bring the students under control and teach them the material to be learned. But young Mr. Dadier, whose wife is expecting a child, tries, guided by his idealism , to teach the students something.

Initially, as expected, the students behave disrespectfully and aggressively towards the new teacher. However, Dadier sees the young Afro-American Miller as a leader who not only seems willing to learn, but also capable of motivating her classmates. Miller initially refuses, but does not go as far in his resistance as the gang leader West, who makes life as difficult for the new teacher as possible and incites other students against him. It even results in Dadier being beaten up by the gang and his wife giving birth prematurely after West anonymously claims to her that her husband is having an affair.

Despite a few slip-ups, Dadier keeps reminding himself of his ideals and does not give up the attempt to turn his class into a group of decent students and to teach them something. Through conversation, Dadier manages to get Miller on his side, so that he stands by him in a kind of showdown when West tries to stab Dadier in the classroom. Dadier overwhelms West and the other students turn away from West and decide not to boycott classes any more .

Theme music

The film begins and ends with the song Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets , which became world famous.

For years it was suspected that the theme music was discovered by the producer's daughter, but this turned out to be wrong. Rock Around The Clock became the Marseillaise of the teenage revolution (Lillian Roxon) worldwide thanks to its inclusion in the film Blackboard Jungle . First presented as the B-side of the Haley record Thirteen Women (Decca 29124) in Billboard Magazine, New York, on May 15, 1954 as a Foxtrot, the song disappeared from the hit lists after a week in the top 30. However, the director Richard Brooks heard the play in the house of his leading actor Glenn Ford, whose son Peter was a Bill Haley fan, and decided intuitively that the song should be used in the opening credits and again as background music at the end of the film Blackboard Jungle (The Seed of Violence ) was recorded.

With this decision, Rock Around The Clock became a hit with worldwide performance and the signal for the post-war youth for a new, mainly music era, rock'n'roll began its triumphal march. The Decca record company immediately followed suit and released the title again as the A-side in the summer of 1955. The Clock song was, not least through its reuse in the same Columbia film Rock Around The Clock ( Except of bounds ), 1955 and 1956, the number-one hit in the US, Australia, UK, Germany (the only non German title of the year) and many European countries. In Germany and England, “Rock Around The Clock” was the first foreign record to be sold over a million times and to be awarded a “Golden” record. Over the years, Rock Around the Clock has made it back into the charts several times around the world. The song is one of the best-selling singles of all time , after Elton John's Candle in the Wind and Bing Crosby's White Christmas . Already at the end of the 1960s there was talk of nearly 20 million records of the DECCA original song sold. According to Marshall Lytle, who played bass with the Comets until September 1955, Rock Around The Clock had been sold over 200 million times on various records around the world by the 50th anniversary in 2004 and thus has a good chance of winning the most widely used piece of music in history.


The German dubbing was done in 1955 in the MGM dubbing studio in Berlin .

role actor Voice actor
Richard Dadier Glenn Ford Heinz Dragon
Anne Dadier Anne Francis Margot Leonard
Jim Murdock Louis Calhern Siegfried Schürenberg
Lois Judby Hammond Margaret Hayes Agi Prandhoff
Mr. Warneke John Hoyt Alfred Balthoff
Joshua Y. Edwards Richard Kiley Eckart Dux
Mr. Halloran Emile Meyer Hans Wiegner
Dr. Bradley Warner Anderson Heinz Giese
Professor AR Kraal Basil Ruysdael Paul Bildt
Gregory W. Miller Sidney Poitier Hans Dieter Zeidler
Artie West Vic Morrow Wolfgang Gruner
Belazi Dan Terranova Horst Buchholz
Emmanuel Stoker Paul Mazursky Harry Wüstenhagen
Manners Tom McKee Kurt Waitzmann
Police officer Horace McMahon Hans Hessling
Santini Jamie Farr Achim Strietzel
George Katz Robert Foulk Eduard Wandrey


In 1956, the film was nominated for four Oscars in the categories Best Black and White Production Design , Best Cinematography , Best Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay .


"Well-made, uncompromising film about the youth problems of the 1950s, which was hotly debated in its time."

“Bill Haley's 'Rock Around the Clock,' the lead fanfare of this tough, realistic school bug, isn't the only upsetting element. Brooks (...) digs deep into his bag of tricks and is also not afraid to state facts: The hatred of the generations in the 1950s cannot be bridged. (Rating: 2½ out of 4 possible stars - above average) "

- Lexicon "Films on TV", 1990

"A much-discussed, excellently made film of great severity, only worth seeing for adults."

- 6000 films, 1963

“Going to the limit of the possible in its harshness and realism, the film depicts the struggle of a vocational school teacher for the souls of his students who were bullied by a few young gangsters. The tough, but honest and well-designed film is recommended. "

The Wiesbaden film evaluation agency awarded the production the rating of particularly valuable .


  • Evan Hunter : Seeds of Violence. Novel (Original title: The Blackboard Jungle ). German by Gerhard Vorkamp . Full paperback edition. Droemersche Verlagsanstalt Knaur, Munich approx. 1985, 340 pages, ISBN 3-426-01249-9
  • Georg Maas: The seeds of violence . In: Klassiker der Filmmusik , ed. by Peter Moormann. Reclam, Stuttgart 2009, pp. 130-132

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Blackboard Jungle on
  2. Scrapbook of the Comets, "Rock It - Concerts" (Munich), page 1
  3. The seeds of violence in Arne Kaul's synchronous database ; Retrieved October 5, 2008
  4. The seeds of violence. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 3, 2014 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  5. ^ Adolf Heinzlmeier and Berndt Schulz in Lexicon "Films on TV" (extended new edition), p. 696. Rasch and Röhring, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-89136-392-3 .
  6. 6000 films. Critical notes from the cinema years 1945 to 1958 . Handbook V of the Catholic film criticism, 3rd edition, Verlag Haus Altenberg, Düsseldorf 1963, p. 367
  7. Ev. Munich Press Association, Review No. 695/1955