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The Girls of Huntington House (1973)

An unmarried teacher in a school for unwed mothers finds herself becoming too emotionally attached to her students and their problems.

Director:

Alf Kjellin

Writers:

Clare Elfman (novel) (as Blossom Elfman), Paul Savage
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Jones ... Anne Baldwin
Mercedes McCambridge ... Doris McKenzie
Pamela Sue Martin ... Gail Dorn
William Windom ... Sam Dutton
Sissy Spacek ... Sara
Nancy Malone ... Sara's Mother
Debbie Dozier Debbie Dozier ... Mary Lou
Marilyn Fox Marilyn Fox ... Cookie
Barbara Mallory ... Marilyn Dutton
Helen Page Camp Helen Page Camp ... Nurse Caulfield
Carmen Zapata Carmen Zapata ... Miss Rodriquez
Darrell Larson ... Sandy
Bonnie Van Dyke Bonnie Van Dyke ... Baby
Tina Andrews ... Tina
Mary Maldonado Mary Maldonado ... Wanda
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An unmarried teacher in a school for unwed mothers finds herself becoming too emotionally attached to her students and their problems.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1973 (USA) See more »

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Lorimar Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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I Can Make It
Written by Carol Speed
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"Getting fired is not a dishonorable exit...at least you didn't quit."
28 July 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Shirley Jones plays the new English teacher at a maternity house for pregnant, unwed teenage girls in this well-meaning ABC-TV movie-of-the-week. Jones (who was just finishing her reign as one of the coolest television moms, Shirley Partridge, on "The Partridge Family") easily slides into this melodramatic scenario, which at times feels like a reform school movie with all the inmates about to deliver. Jones has been hired by the administration despite not having her "special degree"--and yet, we never see her actually teach. Instead, director Alf Kjellin and writer Paul Savage open the film with a flurry of hysterical activity that doesn't help us get our bearings, and put their remaining interest in rebellious flower child Sissy Spacek and her determination to get the cold-fish teacher where she lives. With its TV-movie time restraint and low-end budget, the movie's dramatic impetus (the teacher learning to feel and the headstrong student making a life-changing decision) is barely allowed to bloom. Still, Spacek (who also sings and plays the guitar) gives a solid performance; her character isn't particularly likable or sympathetic, yet the actress is full of vitality and cynical wisdom, along with a youthful Mother Earth quality that makes her line-readings wry and ironic. Jones gives the movie its foundation, but Spacek gives it a driving force of personality. It's too bad the narrative is squashed and the individual scenes are not allowed to build, causing Pamela Sue Martin, Tina Andrews and the other girls to look like also-rans.


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