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Up the Down Staircase

Famed high school drama with Sandy Dennis as an idealistic young English teacher flung in at the deep end to a violent, under funded and rule-heavy New York campus. Always reminds us of the Mad parody, In the Out Exit, which we found in a collection of ’60s Mads we inherited in 1980, which kept us enthralled for most of that summer with stuff like Mission: Ridiculous! (“Mr Nogoodnik, could you be a real sport and put down your attaché case?”) and a top Peanuts parody, You’re Getting Old, Charlie Brown, which struck us as the most blackly satirical thing in the world back then. No, really.

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