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 song was scandalous. The movie is hilarious!
Did You Know?
All but the last 2 weeks of filming were directed by Ralph Senensky
. He left after expressing concern that the elephants would be spooked on Halloween night, when a scene was scheduled to be shot. As it turned out he was right and Nanette Fabray
was injured. See more
The home movie Stella and Alice made on the sly is in Super 8mm, but the educational film they supposedly snipped it into is in 16mm. See more
[she and Stella have just dumped manure all over Olive Glover in her car
Let's see her come out of this one smelling like a rose!
Manure was courtesy of 1977's Triple-Crown Winning horse, Seattle Slew. See more
References Peyton Place
HARPER VALLEY P.T.A.
Words and music by Tom T. Hall
Performed by Jeannie C. Riley See more