''High School Big Shot'' is a 1950s movie about a high school senior named Marvin. Although his father's an (ex-)drunk "between jobs" and he has to work as a shipping clerk after school to feed both of them, he's doing well in his classes, and he's on track to get a college scholarship. Of course, jocks like Vince bully him for making them look stupid -- but Vince's girlfriend told him to back off, and is actually showing interest in him. Somehow, life seems fairly good for Marv, all things considered...
What's that, Betty? [[TheSchlubPubSeductionDeduction Write a report on Shakespeare for you]] [[GoldDigger so you don't fail English]]? Sure! WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong!
The next thing Marv knows, his teacher scuttled any hope of that scholarship after catching their scheme, Betty "let him down easily", his dad's lost another job, and the only ray of hope he has is the million dollars of drug money that he accidentally overheard his boss plan to leave in the warehouse safe overnight prior to a deal with TheSyndicate. Surely if ''he'' had that money, he could take care of his dad, pay his own way to college, and Betty would like him again! And the brother of the neighborhood liquor store owner's a safecracker...
And Marv puts together plans for a [[TheCaper Caper]]. It doesn't work out, as you can guess in movies like this.
For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E18HighSchoolBigShot episode recap page]].
!!''High School Big Shot'' contains these tropes:
* TheAlcoholic: Mr. Grant.
* CrapsackWorld: For Marv it is. He tries to help Betty, and it leads to a domino effect of from bad to worse.
* DirtyOldMan: Why exactly does Marv's dad know Betty's the best looking girl in school?
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Vince kills Sam, and then brutally guns down Betty by emptying his gun into her for putting him up to the whole scheme. Vince, in turn, is shot and killed by the police while trying to make off with the money. Marv's father commits suicide, and the film ends with Marv ''not knowing this'' and tearfully calling out to his father as he's arrested and led away from the scene of his robbery attempt by the police. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And he doesn't get his scholarship]]]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Marv's dad, past the DespairEventHorizon over being TheLoad on Marv, hangs himself.
* FreudianExcuse: Several times Betty uses her (possibly abusive) relationship with her father as part of her manipulations of both Vince and Marv. She claims she wants to come back and rub her success in his face.
* GoldDigger: Betty only cares about either Marv or Vince as long as they can get her what she wants.
* JerkAss: Marv's dad.
-->'''Dad:''' Betty Alexander? She's the hottest chick in the whole school. What's she doing going out with ''you''?
** JerkassHasAPoint: To be fair, dad's right.
* LovableRogue: Harry March the safecracker and Sam Tallman the liquor store owner/muscle. Mike's response to a non-sequitur scene of the two bantering is "I like this ''new'' movie better!" Marv seems to hit it off with them, too.
* LoveMakesYouStupid: "If I steal from the mob, she'll love me!"
* ManipulativeBitch: Betty. She manipulates Marv into writing her Shakespeare paper while feigning interest in him, then manipulates Vince into trying to steal the mob money from Marv and his group (even though Marv already promised to split it with her) by threatening to hook up with Marv instead if he doesn't go along with it. In the end, her actions lead to [[spoiler: Marv losing his chance for a scholarship due to helping her (which leads him to trying to rob the mob in the first place), Vince killing Sam while trying to take the money from Marv, Vince killing ''her'' over the first killing before he himself is gunned down by the police, and Marv being carted off to jail.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Marv would have got away with it if he hadn't blabbed his plan to Betty.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Observed in the breach -- Marv explains his plan for the caper to be finished before the Mob arrives for the money. They don't make it on time because of traffic and a late ferryboat; fortunately for them, the mobsters had the same problem.
** Unfortunately for them, this seems to have given Vince time to get there and cut off their escape.
* WhatHaveIDone: Vince wasn't as prepared to kill as he thought he was when he tries stealing the money from Marv; he takes out his stress on Betty when she shows up.