McShane is a student from a poor family, going to a university on scholarship. He is painfully aware of his background and finds the class consciousness of his professors repugnant. The student rebels against everything, getting drunk and fooling around with his girlfriend, Eggar. Rogers
is a professor who admires McShane's academic brilliance although he is unimpressed with the young man's hell-raising. The professor takes on McShane as a sort of protege and helps him with his studies. Rogers and his young wife, Maskell, have a troubled marriage. They constantly argue, and she
has an occasional romantic fling with a student. Her husband puts up with her carrying on, as well as with her drinking. Maskell and McShane have a brief affair; but when he wants her to run off with him to start a new life, she leaves him. Then McShane and his roommate, Hurt (excellent in an
early role), go off to climb a university tower. Hurt, a shy young man who is much taken with his brash roommate, slips and falls to his death. McShane leaves school in disgrace. This is a well-played drama with an excellent cast. McShane gives a fine portrayal and is well supported by Maskell.
The drama is hackneyed, however. Youth in rebellion is a theme older than movies, and this film brings nothing new to the idea. Despite the excellent characterizations, these are people any filmgoer has seen before and will doubtless see again. It is worth viewing, however, simply for the strong
performances. In addition to Paramor's score, music includes "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini" (Sergei Rachmaninoff, played by Edward Rubach), and a jazz sequence performed by Mike Cotton and his Jazzmen.
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