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The Harrad Experiment (1973)

At Harrad College, where controversial coed living situations are established, the students are forced to confront their sexuality in ways that society previously shunned. Part of the ... See full summary »


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Michael Werner (screenplay), Ted Cassidy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
James Whitmore ... Philip / husband
Tippi Hedren ... Margaret / wife
Don Johnson ... Stanley / Sheila's roommate
Laurie Walters ... Sheila / Stanley's roommate
Bruno Kirby ... Harry / Beth's roommate (as B. Kirby Jr.)
Victoria Thompson ... Beth / Harry's roommate
Elliott Street ... Wilson / Barbara's husband
Sharon Ullrick ... Barbara / Wilson's wife (as Sharon Taggart)
Billy Sands ... Jack
Robert Middleton ... Sidney
Maggie Wellman Maggie Wellman ... Cynthia
Michael Greene Michael Greene ... Yoga Instructor
Ron Kolman Ron Kolman ... Evan
Eric Server ... Workman
Robert C. Ross Robert C. Ross ... Workman


At Harrad College, where controversial coed living situations are established, the students are forced to confront their sexuality in ways that society previously shunned. Part of the experiment is to pair incompatible members of the opposite sex as roommates in order to make them shun the traditional concept of monogamy. The film's primary two "couples" are the sex-crazed Stanley and ultra-timid Sheila, and insecure Harry and liberated Beth. In charge of the "experiment" are Prof. Philip and his wife, Margaret, who seem to enjoy the tension they instigate, as well as the graphic sexual episodes that unfold. Written by alfiehitchie & tipsyheadrinse

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The Sex manifesto of the free love generation. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Ted Cassidy, AKA Lurch from The Addams Family (1964) TV show was one of the screenwriters. See more »


The boom mic is visible over Beth and Stanley as they discuss the initial improvisation exercise with the professor. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 'Killer B DVD Double Feature' released by Marengo Films (which also includes "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble") is the 90 min. edited version, despite its warning that the feature contains "adult subject matter". See more »


Featured in Blood of 1000 Virgins (2013) See more »


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Sung by Don Johnson
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DISappointment in at least one DVD Version...
29 May 2006 | by nature_okieSee all my reviews

I had seen the release version without "regional editing for content," at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk VA.

It was an amazing, poignant, multi-faceted tale about inhibitions, and boundaries.

There was A LOT of casual frontal nudity, male and female.

Seeing this movie on DVD recently, AND I WISH I KNEW THE BRAND NAME TO TELL YOU WHICH TO AVOID, It was a hacked third rate print that had the sound cut-out on moderate swear words; and virtually ALL frontal nudity.

It angered me that when the film first traveled around the country, some power mongers, wanted to dictate what others should not view, after getting a good show themselves, of course.

This particular print was battle-scarred, but still had enough TRUTH sneak through the overzealous censors, who were too stupid to notice that while they cut out the nudity and profanity, the subtle dynamics of the various relationships SCREAMED for freedom. BOTH for the Characters AND the Viewers.

In respect to the plot, about students attending a co-ed school wherein the genders were integrated in the same dorm rooms, and physical relationships encouraged to be activated; the movie IF remade today would press forward with RACIAL STEREOTYPING and SEXUAL ORIENTATION as well.

I Fear, however, It would be, at the loss of the beautiful, lingering frontal nudity of 1970's American Art Cinema.

This beautiful little film, more especially if you can get a pure print, is a MUST-ADD to your movie appreciation club's program.

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Release Date:

11 May 1973 (USA) See more »

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Pasadena, California, USA See more »


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