In 1983 NBC featured a movie of the week called “High School, U.S.A.”. Apparently it was a pilot for a TV series that never came to fruition. The movie featured every “teen star” of the era, with every former “teen star” from the 50s or 60s as a teacher or other adult role. Here’s a cut and paste from IMDB:
|Michael J. Fox||…||Jay-Jay Manners (as Michael Fox)|
|Nancy McKeon||…||Beth Franklin|
|Todd Bridges||…||Otto Lipton|
|Angela Cartwright||…||Miss D’Angelo|
|Bob Denver||…||Milton Feld|
|Dwayne Hickman||…||Mr. Plaza|
|Dana Plato||…||Cara Ames|
|Crystal Bernard||…||Anne-Marie Conklin|
|Anthony Edwards||…||Beau Middleton|
|Frank Bank||…||Mr. Gerardi|
|Elinor Donahue||…||Mrs. Franklin|
|Tony Dow||…||Principal Pete Kinney|
|Steve Franken||…||Dr. Fritz Hauptmann|
|David Nelson||…||Mr. Krinsky, Janitor|
I have absolutely no idea why this movie crossed my mind the other day but with the wonders of the Internet, I was able to watch this thing via YouTube. It’s as uneven in the 21st century as I remember it being back when I was a sophomore in high school.
Honestly, one of the things I remember from the movie is one of the high school seniors looked way too old for his role and he shaved with a straight razor. In 1983. That was very cool to me, though I had no idea why at the time. I could barely master my Dad’s Gillette Atra. It would be a couple of decades before I mastered the straight razor.
If you want to watch the full movie on YouTube, the best I can do is a Spanish dub.