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* Genius Bonus: The safepicker tells his brother when pressed to get a real job, "Would you have a doctor take up a pick? A chemist sit behind the wheel of a truck?" This is incredibly close to Ralph Waldo Emerson's Fate, "His parentage determines it. Men are what their mothers made them. You may as well ask a loom which weaves huckaback, why it does not make cashmere, as expect poetry from this engineer, or a chemical discovery from that jobber. Ask the digger in the ditch to explain Newton's laws: the fine organs of his brain have been pinched by overwork and squalid poverty from father to son." This quote also times in closely to the theme and plot of the film.

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* InsistentTerminology: Harry will remind everyone that he is a ''thief'', not a ''crook''.


* 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]]]].

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Everybody loses. 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]]]].

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* LooseLips: If Marv hadn't told Betty he was going to steal a fortune, [[spoiler:she couldn't have told Vince, and he wouldn't have shown up to spoil the heist]].


* CrapsackWorld: For Marv it is. He tries to help Betty, and it leads to a domino effect of from bad to worse.

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For Marv it is. He tries to help Betty, and it leads to a domino effect of from bad to worse.
** The overall narrative is pretty bleak and cynical. Consider: There is only one major female character (not counting the landlady walk-on), and she is a shameless and unrepentant GoldDigger; in addition, there are two [[TheGhost off-screen females]] (the liquor store owner's wife and Dad's would-be fiancee), and both are implied to have the same attitude. Meanwhile, the men (Marv, his dad, Vince and the liquor store proprietor) are all pretty much defined by their eagerness to provide said women with whatever they want, without question -- or, in Dad's case, by his distinct lack of ability to do so (his fiancee rejects him specifically because, not that he doesn't have a job or means of support, but that he doesn't have money).

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* ShutUpHannibal: Betty tries to cow her and Marv's English teacher after he fails her and withdraws his recommendation for Marv's scholarship. He immediately calls her out for her ItsAllAboutMe attitude and not caring a single iota that ''she'' is the one responsible for the mess they're in.


'''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...

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'''High ''High School Big Shot''' 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...

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* TheAlcoholic: Mr. Grant.

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* DirtyOldMan: Why exactly does Marv's dad know Betty's the best looking girl in school?

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* CrapsackWorld: For Marv it is. He tries to help Betty, and it leads to a domino effect of from bad to worse.


For the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E18HighSchoolBigShot episode recap page]].

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For the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E18HighSchoolBigShot episode recap page]].


-->'''Dad:''' "Betty Alexander? She's the hottest chick in the whole school. What's she doing going out with ''you''?"

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-->'''Dad:''' "Betty Betty Alexander? She's the hottest chick in the whole school. What's she doing going out with ''you''?"''you''?
** JerkassHasAPoint: To be fair, dad's right.


* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Marv would have got away with the money if he hadn't blabbed his plan to Betty.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Marv would have got away with the money it if he hadn't blabbed his plan to Betty.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Marv would have got away with the money if he hadn't blabbed his plan to Betty.


* DownerEnding: Marv's dad commits suicide, [[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]]]].

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* DownerEnding: Marv's dad commits suicide, [[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]]]].

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