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Scandal in a Small Town (1988)

Leda Beth Vincent lives in the small town of Shiloh and works as a cocktail waitress there. She is not too well thought of as she is nothing of a blushing virgin. But she is far from a ... See full summary »

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Leda Beth Vincent
Christa Denton ...
Julie Vincent
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Gwendolyn
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History professor Paul Martin
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George Baker
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Glenn
Ray Girardin ...
Don
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Jeremy Travis
Arell Blanton ...
Jud
Katherine McGrath ...
Verna
Laurence Haddon ...
Judge Larson
Helen Page Camp ...
Mrs. Bragston
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Keith Ritter
Harold Pruett ...
Michael Bishop (as Harold P. Pruett)
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Leda Beth Vincent lives in the small town of Shiloh and works as a cocktail waitress there. She is not too well thought of as she is nothing of a blushing virgin. But she is far from a whore and brings up her daughter Julie, a high school student, as a loving responsible mother. So, when she becomes aware that Julie's very popular history teacher, Mr Baker, spreads anti-Semitic, racist ideas among his pupils, Leda Beth decides to ask Mr Baker for an explanation. But she comes up against a wall. Nobody in town - Julie less than all others - wants to support her and it looks as if she will have to bring the Board of Education to court. The trouble is that a school dropout and a tramp of her kind does not count for much compared to the holders of knowledge and of morality. Written by Guy Bellinger

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10 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Raquel Welch and her on-screen daughter argue and Welch slaps her across the face; after several takes, the producer noticed that Welch, a mother in real life, was looking troubled and said to her, "This must be a really tough scene for you, huh?" Welch replied, "Ohh, it is! My hand is killing me!" See more »

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Original Music played in Scottie's Tavern composed by 3 Sons Music Group
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Misleading ads, but a strong, sincere made-for-TV drama...
1 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

The TV promos for "Scandal in a Small Town" lead viewers to think they were going to see Raquel Welch in something sexy with plenty of action (they touted her character as 'the town tease' and showed the sequence where she holds off an unruly mob on her porch with a gun), however the actual plot touches on much more. Welch is indeed a small-town tramp whom nobody has respect for, but she learns to have respect for herself when she stands up against the best-loved teacher at her daughter's school and accuses him of being anti-Semitic. OK, this isn't what the video-box promotes, but if you can get over that, this is a pretty good flick. Raquel's acting is very solid here and the sequence where she takes the stand in court is exceptionally strong. The townspeople call her dirty names, they attack her past, they terrify her daughter, but Welch sticks to her guns. It's a sincere characterization in a well-intentioned movie. Just don't expect any T&A.


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