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The Chapman Report (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | 5 October 1962 (USA)
Based on the best-selling novel by Irving Wallace that was inspired by the Kinsey Report on the sexual mores of suburban women, the film follows the personal (read sexual) lives of four ... See full summary »

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George Cukor

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Wyatt Cooper (screenplay), Don Mankiewicz (screenplay) (as Don M. Mankiewicz) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Paul Radford
Shelley Winters ... Sarah Garnell
Jane Fonda ... Kathleen Barclay
Claire Bloom ... Naomi Shields
Glynis Johns ... Teresa Harnish
Ray Danton ... Fred Linden
Ty Hardin ... Ed Kraski
Andrew Duggan ... Dr. George C. Chapman
John Dehner ... Geoffrey Harnish
Harold J. Stone ... Frank Garnell
Corey Allen ... Wash Dillon
Jennifer Howard Jennifer Howard ... Grace Waterton
Cloris Leachman ... Miss Selby
Chad Everett ... Bob Jensen
Henry Daniell ... Dr. Jonas
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Based on the best-selling novel by Irving Wallace that was inspired by the Kinsey Report on the sexual mores of suburban women, the film follows the personal (read sexual) lives of four women (Claire Bloom, Jane Fonda, Shelley Winters and Glynis Johns) with four separate sexual hangups, ranging from frigidity to nymphomania. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. plays a researcher who becomes entangled with Fonda, the young woman suffering from emotional frigidity. Written by alfiehitchie

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The personal story behind a sex survey ... from the controversial best selling novel.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Íntima de Quatro Mulheres See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Robert E. Evans turned down the role of Fred Linden. See more »

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On the beach when Glynis Johns is using a tape recorder while on an orange blanket, she gets very frustrated by Ty Hardin's beach football fellow rowdies that she gets up and moves. Next camera break she is using a yellow blanket. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. George C. Chapman: Section four, Column one, Question.
Paul Radford: Ten per cent of the married women were strongly aroused, twenty-seven per cent, somewhat; and Sixty-three per cent, not at all.
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soapy trash, directed by George Cukor
22 August 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

The eminent director George Cukor did The Chapman Report for Warner Brother. It's based on the book by Irving Wallace, which was inspired by the Kinsey report about sexual activity.

The Warner Brothers actors cast include Efrem Zimbalist as one of the interviewers who works for Mr. Chapman (Andrew Duggan), Ray Danton as a libidinous film director, and Ty Hardin as someone Glynis Johns meets on the beach. According to film lore, George Cukor was impressed enough with Hardin's good looks and physique that he ended up with a showy role in the film. Look for Chad Everett as a water delivery man in the beginning of the film.

But the women are the real stars: Jane Fonda, Glynis Johns, Clare Bloom, and Shelley Winters, all of whom are terrific.

Chapman and Paul Radford (Zimbalist) come to a town to do interviews with women for their statistics on sexual activity. That's all pretty dated. The film focuses on four women: Fonda as a widow of a bad marriage who thinks she's frigid and becomes involved with Radford; Bloom as a nymphomaniac; Winters as a cheating wife; and Johns as a woman who wonders if she's getting enough from her marriage, which seems happy enough. She's the comic relief, and she's a blast.

The best scene in the film occurs when Johns goes to Hardin's place to pose nude for her, with the idea of seducing him. Fonda, Bloom, and Johns are all gorgeous. Winters by this time was doing the more housefrau type of role. She's excellent as a desperately unhappy woman involved in an illicit affair with Danton.

This is the '60s idea of an adult film so everything is talked around, in half sentences, or shown as a fadeout. The only one who takes his clothes off is Hardin.

It's trash, but it's high-class trash and one does become involved with the characters.


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