🎥 To Sir, with Love – 1967
The Story …
In the mid-1960s, Mark Thackeray, an immigrant to Britain from British Guiana, has been unable to obtain an engineering position despite an 18-month job search.
He accepts a teaching post for Class 12 at North Quay Secondary School in the tough East End of London, as an interim position, despite having no experience.
The pupils there have been rejected from other schools, and Thackeray is a replacement for the deceased former teacher.
The pupils, led by Bert Denham and Pamela Dare (who later develops a strong crush on Thackeray), behave badly: their antics range from vandalism to distasteful pranks …
Thackeray retains a calm demeanour but loses his temper when he discovers something being burned in the classroom stove, which turns out to be a girl’s sanitary towel.
He orders the boys out of the classroom, then reprimands all the girls, either for being responsible or passively observing, for what he says is their “slutty behaviour”. Thackeray is angry with himself for allowing his pupils to incense him. Changing his approach, he informs the class that they will no longer study from textbooks.
Until the end of term, he will treat them as adults and expects them to behave as such. He declares that they will address him as ‘Sir’ or ‘Mr. Thackeray’; the girls will be addressed as ‘Miss’ and boys by their surnames. They are also allowed to discuss any issue they wish. He gradually wins over the class, except for Denham who continually baits him.
Thackeray arranges a class outing to the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum in South Kensington which goes well. The trip is represented by a series of still photographs as Lulu sings “To Sir with Love”.
He loses some support when he defuses a potentially violent situation between his student Potter and the gym teacher, Mr. Bell. He demands that Potter apologise directly to Bell, even if he believes Bell was wrong. The group later refuses to invite Thackeray to the class dance.
When mixed-race student Seales’ white English mother dies, the class takes up a collection for a wreath but refuse to accept Thackeray’s donation. The students decline to deliver the wreath in person to Seales’ house, fearing neighbourhood gossip for visiting a “coloured” person’s house.
The headmaster tells Thackeray that the “adult approach” has failed, and future outings are cancelled. Thackeray is to take over the boys’ gym classes until the headmaster can find a replacement. Meanwhile, Thackeray receives an engineering job offer in the post.
Pamela Dare’s mother asks for Thackeray to talk to her daughter about her behaviour at home, but this annoys Pamela, whom Thackeray believes is infatuated with him. During a gym class, Denham smugly challenges Thackeray to a boxing match. Denham delivers several blows to Thackeray’s face but the bout comes to an abrupt end when Thackeray delivers one punch to Denham’s solar plexus.
Thackeray compliments Denham’s ability and suggests he teach boxing to the younger pupils next year. Denham, finally impressed by Thackeray, expresses his admiration for Thackeray to his classmates. Thackeray regains their respect and is invited to the class dance.
Later, when Thackeray attends the funeral of Seales’ mother, he is touched to find that his lectures on personal choice and responsibility have had an effect and the entire class has attended.
At the dance, Pamela persuades Thackeray to be her partner for the “Ladies Choice” dance. Afterwards, the class presents to Thackeray “a little present to remember us by”.
Too moved to speak, Thackeray retires to his classroom …
- Directed by : James Clavell
- Screenplay by : James Clavell
- Based on : To Sir, With Love 1959 novel by E. R. Braithwaite
- Produced by : James Clavell and John R. Sloan
- Cinematography : Paul Beeson, B.S.C.
- Edited by : Peter Thornton
- Music by : Ron Grainer
- Production Company : Columbia British Productions
- Distributed by : Columbia Pictures
- Release Dates : 14 June 1967
- Sidney Poitier as Mr Mark Thackeray
- Judy Geeson as Pamela Dare
- Christian Roberts as Bert Denham
- Suzy Kendall as Miss Gillian Blanchard
- Lulu as Barbara “Babs” Pegg
- Faith Brook as Miss Grace Evans
- Geoffrey Bayldon as Mr Theo Weston
- Patricia Routledge as Clinty Clintridge
- Ann Bell as Mrs Dare
- Christopher Chittell as Potter
- Adrienne Posta as Moira Joseph
- Edward Burnham as Mr Florian, headmaster
- Rita Webb as Mrs Joseph
- Gareth Robinson as Tich Jackson
- Lynne Sue Moon as Miss Wong
- Anthony Villaroel as Seales
- Richard Willson as Curly
- Michael Des Barres as Williams
- Fred Griffiths as Market Stallholder
- Marianne Stone as Gert
- Dervis Ward as Mr Bell (P.T. Teacher)
- Fiona Duncan as Euphemia Phillips
- Mona Bruce as Josie Dawes
- Margaret Heald as Osgood
- Sally Cann as Schoolgirl
- Stewart Bevan as Schoolboy
- The Mindbenders as Themselves
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