Years later, when I, like Dadier, became a high-school English teacher, I identified strongly with him. There's a lot of realism both in the film and in the book about the frustrations of an idealistic first-year teacher who discovers that things aren't exactly like he thought they'd be.
Put this one together with last week's film for a great double-feature presentation of what the '50s were like in the movies. And if the '50s weren't like that in reality, well, the movies mirrored the reality better than you might think. So did the books. Check 'em out.