Just how much was the Ancient Eight a part of pop culture during the heyday of the Ivy League Look? Enough to inspire a B movie like 1959’s “Ivy League Killers,” whose title, reeking of both murder and elitism, was sure to have kids across the nation flocking to drive-ins.
The film (which was made in Canada) is that rare hybrid — in fact, probably the only example — of Juvenile Delinquent film meets Prepsloitation flick. The story centers around three rich guys — who dress and act like caricatures from the oeuvre of Wodehouse (evidently Canada’s idea of what Ivy Leaguers must be like) — who decide to frame a motorcycle gang for murder. Don’t ask why. I think there was a girl involved. I wasn’t really paying attention.
“Ivy League Killers” is available from Amazon’s Video On Demand service for a mere $1.99.
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I would suggest that Hitchcock’s 1948 film Rope is another (and far better) example of Prep/Delinquent flick.