Cooley High (1975)
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ABOUT THE MOVIE
Richard “Cochise” Morris (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs), a local basketball hero, and Leroy “Preach” Jackson (Glynn Turman), who dreams of a career in writing, are likable Chicago high school students in 1960s Chicago.
They’re into hanging out with friends, pretty girls and the Motown sounds so popular during the era.
Each wants to make it big in his own way, but not everybody they meet is looking out for them, as they learn when a seemingly harmless outing goes awry.
The movie starred Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Cynthia Davis, Sherman Smith, Norman Gibson, Garrett Morris, Corin Rogers and others.
The movie was budgeted at 750,000 dollars and did over 13 million dollars at the box office.
ABC planned a television adaptation of Cooley High, but the pilot was poorly received, and Fred Silverman, the head of the network, asked the pilot’s producers, TOY Productions, to redo the show as a sitcom with new characters and with a new title so as not to confuse it with Monte’s film Cooley High.
New writers were hired, cast changes made, and a switch from one-camera to three-camera filming delivered What’s Happening!! to the network, where it ran from August 5, 1976 to April 28, 1979.
The show and the production company were then purchased by Columbia Pictures Television in 1979 and ran in syndication for a number of years.
Cooley High also inspired the CBS television show The White Shadow (November 27, 1978 to March 16, 1981)