This Rebel Breed (March 19, 1960)

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Dyan Cannon and Rita Moreno in This Rebel Breed
 

Released on March 19, 1960: Two undercover cops pretend to be high school students in a racially mixed L.A. neighborhood to stop gang violence.

Directed by Richard L. Bare

The Actors: Rita Moreno (Lola Montalvo), Mark Damon (Frank Serano), Gerald Mohr (Lieutenant Robert Brooks), Jay Novello (Papa Montalvo), Dyan Cannon (Wiggles), Eugene Mazzola (Rudy Montalvo), Tom Gilson (Muscles), Richard Rust (Buck Madison), Douglas Hume (Don Walters), Richard Laurier (Manuel Montalvo), Don Eithner (Jimmy Wallace), Ken Miller (Winnnie), Al Freeman Jr. (Satchel), Charles Franc (Elliott, aka Scratch), Ike Jones (Latimer), Shirley Falls (Josie), Steven Perry (George), Hari Rhodes (Claude), Tol Avery (Doctor Drake), Lovyss Bradley (librarian), Leonard Bremen (counterman), Jerry Brent (Jimmy Smith), Ford Dunhill (First Moray), Jacquelyn Durant (Lillian), Sandy Freeman (Helen's girlfriend), Joe Kelsey (Joe), Adrienne Marden (Mrs. Drake), Flicka McKenna (Connie), Byron Morrow (teacher), John Newton (Mr. Hanes), Gloria Tennes (Helen).

 

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In 1965 William Rowland, one of the authors of the book "All God's Children" that the movie was taken from added about 4 minutes of gratuitous make-out scenes involving big-busted girls making out with the boys, inserting short scenes in the middle of the plot where they made no sense at all, and added nothing to the story line - and actually broke the continuity of the plot in my humble opinion. If you are interested in watching that 1965 version, I offer it below for download.

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On the outside this is just another movie about a high school guy who commits murder, the wrong high school boy getting accused, and the sister that will do just about anything to prove his innocence. There are also two young new undercover police officers who join the troubled high school class that is ready to explode in racial violence, but it may be more than even they are ready for. That is the gist of the big story, but on the inside there are amazing undercurrents of evolving 1960 America presented right in front of us, if we can recognize them. British movies are famous for adding incredible dialogue that on the surface seems just to be part of the conversation, but if you are trained to listen for their witty word-play, you can discover word pictures that have more to do with the flavor of the times than the plot of the story. So it is in this movie from the dawn of the generation that exploded onto the world and changed us all forever.

After WWII ended in 1945, with victory and returning soldiers and rising economies, the western world produced a 'boom' of children that were becoming high school teens in 1960. This generation of 'Baby Boomers' would challenge everything that they saw, and in many cases reject the wisdom of their parents. While the older generation tried mightily to instill their values into their children, in many cases it was a losing battle. You can see evidence of that battle if you listen to the dialogue carefully. You can also experience the beginning of a new kind of America . . . a 'rumble' was not part of a car, but a gang fight with fists and switch blade knives. And it isn't 'dirty coppers' who fight the violence, it is 'the fuzz.'

This motion picture from 1960 gives us the rare opportunity to experience greatness on several levels. We get to watch beautiful Hispanic Rita Moreno, an acting legend, play the leading role as a troubled high school student a year before she skyrocketed to fame in the legendary movie "West Side Story," and we can also watch a young and talented Dyan Cannon as a troubled high school student with a dark secret. The characters of both Rita Moreno and Dyan Cannon have different but terrible secrets that will bring both class warfare and racial bigotry to the ragged surface of a Los Angeles high school. And we not only a great story plot, but we get to experience something in this movie that is not often possible. It is not uncommon for movies to be re-edited and re-issued, but usually it is to correct misleading or confusing plot points to make the movie better. In this case the movie was (in my humble opinion) totally ruined by the extra minutes that were added. Both edits of this movie are offered here, so you can decide for yourself and not just take my word for it. Five years after its initial release, one of the authors of the book that the movie was based on did a re-edit of the film, adding a bit over 5 minutes to its length and changing the name of the movie to "The Black Rebels." What did he add? More dialogue to sharpen the message of the movie? No. In ten spots he added a few seconds of gratuitous girls in skimpy bras and bikinis and such. Sometimes the segway is so abrupt and unexpected that it startled me. And instead of the complimentary jazzy background music that accompanied the rest of the movie, this person put loud guitar rock music behind the grinding girls and boys, jarring me out of the mood being set. Don't get me wrong . . . there aren't many men who appreciate beautiful scantily clad girls more than me . . . but this isn't the time or the place for that . . . the story is too important, and the acting is too well done to insert gratuitous, lame, sexy scenes. I edited the extra scenes out of the 1965 movie to bring back the original story as it was presented in 1960. So, even though the title screen still displays the title as "The Black Rebels" - the movie you will see is the original one, "This Rebel Breed."

Al Freeman Jr.
Al Freeman Jr.
Byron Morrow
Byron Morrow
Don Eitner
Don Eitner
Don Eitner and Ricard Rust
Don Eitner and Richard Rust
Don Eitner and Rita Moreno
Don Eitner and Rita Moreno
Don Eitner in 1960
Don Eitner in 1960
Douglas Hume
Douglas Hume
Dyan Cannon and Mark Damon
Mark Damon asks Dyan Cannon where the gang is having their party
Dyan Canon and Richard Rust
Richard Rust promises Dyan Cannon that she will be drinking champagne if she sticks with him.
Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon at the local soda shop
Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon, crying, decides to try to kill her boyfriend Richard Rust, who just dumped her.
Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon cries alone after her secret has been exposed to her boyfriend and he dumped her.
Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon feels the wrath of her peers after they discover her secret and shun her.
Dyan Cannon, Richard Rust and Rita Moreno
Dyan Cannon, after attempting to stab her boyfriend Richard Rust, as he is wooing Rita Moreno
Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon starts to dance after putting a coin in the juke box to start a dance song.
Eugene Mazzola
Eugene Mazzola
Gerald Mohr in 1960
Gerald Mohr in 1960
Gerald Mohr
Gerald Mohr
Jay Novello and Eugene Mazzola
Jay Novello and Eugene Mazzola
Jay Novello and Richard Laurier
Jay Novello and Richard Laurier
Jay Novello
Jay Novello
Ken Miller
Ken Miller
Ken Miller
Ken Miller talks to the gal playing his mom as they are about to leave town
Leonard Bremen
Leonard Bremen as the malt shop owner
Mark Damon and Douglas Hume
Mark Damon and Douglas Hume, as undercover cops pretending to be high school students
Mark Damon and Rita Moreno
Mark Damon and Rita Moreno
Mark Damon
Mark Damon
Richard Laurier
Richard Laurier
Richard Rust and Charles Franc
Richard Rust asks about getting more 'grass' from the drug dealer, played by Charles Franc
Richard Rust and Charles Franc
Richard Rust pays for another batch of 'grass' from Charles Franc
Richard Rust and Tom Gilson
Richard Rust and Tom Gilson
Richard Rust in 1960
Richard Rust in 1960
Rita Moreno and Jay Novello
Rita Moreno and Jay Novello
Rita Moreno and Richard Rust
Rita Moreno and Richard Rust
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno is followed by Mark Damon down a Los Angeles street
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno prays in a church - notice the way director Richard Bare focused a light on the opposite wall to give Rita Moreno a 'halo' background
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno as a high school student
Shirley Falls
Shirley Falls
Tom Gilson, Dyan Cannon and Richard Rust
Tom Gilson, Dyan Cannon and Richard Rust
Tom Gilson and Dyan Cannon
Tom Gilson and Dyan Cannon at the malt shop