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 ...
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This series was Sam Spade played for broad comedy. Ace Crawford was an incompetent gumshoe whose reputation as an ace detective was maintained by a progression of wild accidents and dumb ... See full summary »
Paul Reiser brings his sophisticated observational humor to home video in this rare showcase of his acclaimed talent as both actor and stand-up comedian. Reiser goes out on a whim searching... See full summary »
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
The home movie Stella and Alice made clearly shows the two setting up the camera outside the bedroom window. When the video is played in school, it starts her answering the door and then later in the bedroom. See more »
Did you hear the one about the two newborn babies in the nursery? The girl baby says to the boy baby, Are you a boy baby or a girl baby? He says I'm a boy baby. The girl baby says, How do you know you're a boy baby? At that, the boy baby whips back the blankets and says, "See that? Blue booties!"
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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 »
I don't really like to respond to specific reviews, but there's just no other way to rebut. Harper Valley PTA was not a made-for-TV movie, it had a theatrical showing, albeit not a particularly successful one. It also was very true to the events as portrayed in the song. The first 20 minutes of the movie, in fact, recreate the lyrics almost exactly, at times verbatim. The episodes of revenge and counter-revenge which follow are a logical progression from that story.
I don't think Harper Valley PTA will ever be considered even a good film, much less a great one. It is fun to watch, though, especially during the middle section. I've never seen a movie that starred Barbara Eden that wasn't at least watchable. Her screen persona is so natural and likable that it doesn't really matter what vehicle she's in.
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