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Up the Down Staircase (1967)

NR 06/28/1967 (US) Drama 2h 4m

Simple words that start a war: "Good morning. My name is Miss Barrett. I am your Home Room teacher..."


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?

  1. Robert Mulligan


  2. Bel Kaufman


  3. Tad Mosel


Top Billed Cast

  1. Sandy Dennis

    Sandy Dennis

    Sylvia Barrett

  2. Patrick Bedford

    Patrick Bedford

    Paul Barringer

  3. Eileen Heckart

    Eileen Heckart

    Henrietta Pastorfield

  4. Ruth White

    Ruth White

    Beatrice Schacter

  5. Jean Stapleton

    Jean Stapleton

    Sadie Finch

  6. Sorrell Booke

    Sorrell Booke

    Dr. Bester

  7. Roy Poole

    Mr. McHabe

  8. Florence Stanley

    Florence Stanley

    Ellen Friedenberg

  9. Ellen O'Mara

    Alice Blake

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Up the Down Staircase
Up the Down Staircase

Status Released

Original Language English

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