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Period of Adjustment (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy | 31 October 1962 (USA)
On December 23rd, Korean War veteran George Haverstick and nurse Isabel Crane - who George lovingly refers to as "Little Bit" - get married in a civil ceremony. They met when George was ... See full summary »

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On December 23rd, Korean War veteran George Haverstick and nurse Isabel Crane - who George lovingly refers to as "Little Bit" - get married in a civil ceremony. They met when George was admitted to Belvedere General Hospital in St. Louis for a nervous shake, with Isabel being his night nurse. They got married immediately following his release, which occurred despite the doctors never discovering the reason for his affliction. They plan on honeymooning in Miami, and stopping in suburban High Point, Tennessee along the way to visit George's best friend, fellow Korean War vet Ralph Bates, and Ralph's wife of six years, Dorothea Bates. By the time they arrive on the Bates' doorstep on Christmas Eve, George and Isabel are hardly speaking to each other when they aren't yelling at each other as each had a preconceived notion of their role in the marriage incompatible with the other, and a romanticized view of how the other should behave. Ralph's marriage is currently in no better shape. ... Written by Huggo

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That AGONIZING Pause Between the Homeymoon and the Marriage.

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Drama | Comedy

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31 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Del matrimonio al amor  »

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The original Broadway production of "Period of Adjustment" by Tennessee Williams opened at the Helen Hayes Theater in New York on November 10, 1960 and ran for 132 performances. The Tennessee Williams play was adapted for this movie by Isobel Lennart. See more »

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Ralph Baitz: The human heart could never pass the drunk test. Take a human heart out of a human body, put legs on it and tell it to walk a straight line, and it couldn't. The heart could never pass a drunk test.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Period of Adjustment (1979) See more »

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I loved this movie
25 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie. OK, maybe it's not the most warm and fuzzy movie ever set on Christmas Eve, but the way it ended was beautiful. I really enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces in these roles - Tony Franciosa, Jane Fonda and Lois Nettleton, of course; but also Darin Stephens' mom from "Bewitched" as Dottie's mother, Timothy Hutton's Dad as George, "The Man" from "Chico and the Man" as the police sergeant, etc. Even the props were familiar - I have the exact same "Merry Christmas" banner that hangs on the Baitz fireplace, inherited from my parents! I loved the way that the carolers continued to get progressively drunker with every house they visited. This is a Tennessee Williams' "It's a Wonderful Life" if you ask me!


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