VINTAGE FILM To Sir, with Love

To Sir, with Love

1967 gave us the Summer of Love, but Billboard’s #1 song of the year was neither the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” (#30) nor Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” – it was, in fact, this hit film’s title song, in which Lulu asks, “How do you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume?” That “someone” would be an unemployed engineer named Thackeray (Poitier) who takes work as a high school teacher who, according to the trailer, “joins battle with the wildest set of rebels London ever produced.” He wins them over, and the film has inspired numerous others since, including 1995’s VFA Soundtrack winner Dangerous Minds.

Director: James Clavell

Screenplay by: James Clavell

Starring: Christian Roberts, Judy Geeson, Sidney Poitier

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