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Tea and Sympathy ()


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Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master... See more »

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  • Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations.
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Laura Reynolds
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Tom Robinson Lee
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Bill Reynolds
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Herb Lee
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Al
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Ellie Martin
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Ollie
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Lilly Sears
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Ralph
Ralph Votrian ...
Steve
Steven Terrell ...
Phil
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Ted
Jimmy Hayes ...
Henry
Richard Tyler ...
Roger
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Vic
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Alexander ...
Bob (uncredited)
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Alex (uncredited)
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Boy in Soda Fountain (uncredited)
Parker Eggleston ...
Boy in Soda Fountain (uncredited)
Virginia Eiler ...
Alumna (uncredited)
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Second Boy (uncredited)
Del Erickson ...
Ferdie (uncredited)
Ron Gans ...
Dick (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ...
Burly Man (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. ...
First Boy (uncredited)
Mary Alan Hokanson ...
Mary Williams (uncredited)
Byron Kane ...
Tennis Umpire (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Man at Bonfire (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ...
Headmaster at Bonfire (uncredited)
Tom McKee ...
Alumnus (uncredited)
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Alumna (uncredited)
Gene Merlino ...
Tom Robinson Lee (uncredited) (singingVoice)
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Alumnus (uncredited)
Peter Miller ...
Pete (uncredited)
Michael Monroe ...
Earl (uncredited)
Norman Ollestad ...
New Young Boy (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ...
Boy in Soda Fountain (uncredited)
Robert Santon ...
Young Boy (uncredited)
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Man at Bonfire (uncredited)
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Burly Man (uncredited)
Chuck Webster ...
Alumnus (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ...
Alumnus (uncredited)

Directed by

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Vincente Minnelli

Written by

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Robert Anderson ... (screenplay)
 
Robert Anderson ... (based on the play by)

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Pandro S. Berman ... producer

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Adolph Deutsch

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John Alton

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Ferris Webster

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Charles K. Hagedon ... color consultant

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Edward C. Carfagno ... (as Edward Carfagno)
William A. Horning

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F. Keogh Gleason ... (as Keogh Gleason)
Edwin B. Willis

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist
William Tuttle ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Al Shenberg ... unit manager (uncredited)

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Joel Freeman ... assistant director

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Wesley C. Miller ... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)

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Helen Rose ... wardrobe: Miss Kerr

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Alexander Courage ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Mary K. Frank ... producer: stage play
Jane Cavendish ... stand-in: Deborah Kerr (uncredited)
Myra Jones ... stand-in: Norma Crane (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master Bill Reynold's wife Laura sees Tom's suffering at the hands of his school mates (and her husband), and tries to help him find himself. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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Taglines Where does a woman's sympathy leave off -- and her indiscretion begin? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Thé et sympathie (France)
  • Té y simpatía (Spain)
  • Thé et sympathie (Belgium, French title)
  • Чай и симпатия (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Чай и симпатия (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 122 min
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Budget $1,737,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia This film was adapted from a Broadway play that originally starred Deborah Kerr, John Kerr and Leif Erickson, who recreate their stage roles in this film. Also in the Broadway cast in supporting roles were Alan Sues (who later appeared on TV's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967)) and Dick York (the first actor who played Darrin on TV's Bewitched (1964) starring Elizabeth Montgomery). Joan Fontaine and Anthony Perkins also later appeared in the stage version of "Tea and Sympathy" as cast replacements during its long run. The stage production opened on Sept. 30, 1953 at the Ethel Barrymoore Theatre and ran for 712 performances. See more »
Goofs A pair of china dogs are back to back in a master shot (overall wide view). But when the camera moves in for close-ups, the dogs are face-to-face. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Homo Promo (1991). See more »
Soundtracks The Joys of Love See more »
Quotes Laura Reynolds: Years from now when you talk about this - and you will - be kind.
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