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Stella Johnson is a single mother living in the town of Harper Valley. Now most of the townspeople, particularly on the PTA board, think that she is a little too liberal and liberated for them, so they are making things tough for her and her daughter. When the PTA board threaten to have her daughter expelled unless Stella changes her ways, she decides to get back at them by first exposing all their hidden secrets and then pulling all sorts of humiliating pranks on them. When she decides to run for the position of PTA President, they are really infuriated and try to stop her any way they can. Written by
When Stella Johnson picked a Chinese judo self-defense woman to go to Kirby Baker's office and frame him, after Stella chuckled & saying "And I don't mean Chop Suey!", Chinese background music is played two to three seconds, as Stella spoke & then chuckled back, to Alice Finely. See more »
The scene at the race track was obviously not filmed in Ohio. There are palm trees in the distance. See more »
[Stella Johnson to Dee Johnson: shortly after Dee was threatened to be expelled from Harper Valley Junior High Schoool]
When the caterpillar turns into the butterfly, everyone is amazed.
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As Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978) concludes, Will proposes to Stella and she accepted his proposal. As they get in the helicopter and start for their trip, a note on a long & clear plastic banner, of "STELLA JOHNSON FOR MAYOR" (in red capital letters) is tied on the tail of the helicopter, trailing behind them. See more »
In a role not too far removed from a certain voluptuous bottled spirit, Barbara Eden plays a widow whose attire and attitude don't please the authority figures in her conservative small town. The local PTA threatens to expel her daughter from school, so the mom calls each of the members on their hypocrisy. After they get nasty, she engages in some cool revenge, including what has to be THE best sex ed movie EVER.
It was only through "Harper Valley P.T.A." that I learned that there's a song by the same name (sung, appropriately, by a woman named Jeannie). Whatever the case, it's just a funny movie. The first 15 or 16 minutes are based on the song's lyrics, and then begin the REAL pranks, culminating in a run for PTA president. The whole thing is a real pleasure.
Also starring Ronny Cox (Drew in "Deliverance"), Nanette Fabray, Susan Swift (the daughter in "Audrey Rose"), Louis Nye, John Fiedler (the voice of Piglet in the Winnie-the-Pooh productions), Pat Paulsen, Clint Howard, and a young Woody Harrelson.
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