Troubled Teens

Directed by (various)

Year: 1950
Color Type: Color and B&W
Country: U.S.
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Troubled Teens

Directed by (various)


Educational films of the 1950s-70s were most fascinating when they moved beyond the three Rs to address more delicate issues—subjects that teachers often found difficult to discuss with their students. Sexual development, juvenile delinquency, and personal hygiene are just some of the awkward topics addressed in this assortment of films culled from the archives of A/V Geeks. Though the social problems have remained fairly constant through the decades, the methods by which filmmakers approach these subjects have changed radically, from the refreshingly frank (the sex-ed film As Boys Grow) to the melodramatic (the legendary driver safety film The Last Date, starring Dick York); from psychedelic (Teeth) to naturalistic (Lucy). Whether viewed as unintentially campy comedies or as snapshots of three decades of American popular culture, the films in TROUBLED TEENS are charming to behold, yet still maintain the ability to surprise the viewer with moments of unexpected poignance. This disc also includes a sampling of films that provide adults with the tools necessary to handle the often sticky issues of adolescence.

As Boys Grow
Medical Arts Prods.
1957 B&W 16 Min.
The Last Date
Wilding Picture Prods.
1950 B&W 18 Min.
What Made Sammy Speed?
Sid Davis Prods.
1957 Color 10 Min.
A Quarter Million Teenagers
Churchill Films
1964 Color 16 Min.
Drug Attack
Lockheed Aircraft
ca. 1969 Color 13 Min.
Violence and Vandalism
Directions Unlimited Film Corp.
1972 Color 14 Min.
Cal Dunn Studios
ca. 1973 Color 12 Min.
Perennial Films
ca. 1975 Color 12 Min.
The Party's Over
Northern Virginia Educational Telecomm. Assn.
ca. 1977 Color 14 Min.
The Day I Died
Gordon-Kerckhoff Prods.
ca. 1978 Color 14 Min.


Facing Reality
Knickerbocker Prods.
1954 B&W 11 Min.
A Case for Beer
Kansas State Univ.
ca. 1970 Color 10 Min.
Talking to Your Teenager About VD
West Glen Films
ca. 1972 Color 19 Min.
Condoms: A Responsible Option
Landmark Films
ca. 1985 Color 10 Min.
Social Seminar Promo
1972 Color 8 Min.
Teenage Conflict
Family Films
1960 B&W (excerpts)
When I'm Old Enough, Goodbye
NY State Emp. Svce.
1962 B&W (excerpts)
The Gang
L.A. County Board of Supervisors
ca. 1983 Color (excerpts)

Film Notes by A/V Geeks
Founder: Skip Elsheimer

Curated by Skip Elsheimer
Produced for video by Bret Wood

This collection was mastered from vintage 16mm prints circulated among schools and rescued, decades later, by collectors. The image and sound quality of these orphan films do not conform to Kino's usual standard.

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