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Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978)

PG | | Comedy | 7 August 1980 (Mexico)
Stella Johnson is a single mother living in the town of Harper Valley. Now most of the townspeople, particularly on the PTA board, think that she is a little too liberal and liberated for ... See full summary »

Directors:

Richard C. Bennett, Ralph Senensky (uncredited)

Writers:

George Edwards (screenplay), Barry Schneider (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Eden ... Stella Johnson
Ronny Cox ... Willis Newton
Nanette Fabray ... Alice Finely
Louis Nye ... Kirby Baker
Audrey Christie ... Flora Simpson Reilly
Ron Masak ... Herbie Maddox
John Fiedler ... Bobby Taylor
Susan Swift ... Dee Johnson
Pat Paulsen ... Mr. Harper
Robert Hastings ... Skeeter (as Bob Hastings)
Fay DeWitt ... Willa Mae Jones (as Fay De Witt)
J.J. Barry ... Tex
Royce D. Applegate ... Dutch
Irene Yah-Ling Sun Irene Yah-Ling Sun ... Myrna Wong (as Irene Yah Ling Sun)
Louise Foley Louise Foley ... Mavis
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Stella Johnson is a single mother living in the town of Harper Valley. Now most of the townspeople, particularly on the PTA board, think that she is a little too liberal and liberated for them, so they are making things tough for her and her daughter. When the PTA board threaten to have her daughter expelled unless Stella changes her ways, she decides to get back at them by first exposing all their hidden secrets and then pulling all sorts of humiliating pranks on them. When she decides to run for the position of PTA President, they are really infuriated and try to stop her any way they can. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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The song was scandalous. The movie is hilarious!

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1980 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Rache der blonden Hexe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

April Fools Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Additional facts of the first two Triple Crown winning horses: Sir Barton in 1919, first was Kentucky Derby, on Saturday, May 10, 1919, second was Preakness (just four days later) on Wednesday, May 14, 1919, and Belmont Stakes, Wednesday, June 11, 1919, and Gallant Fox, in 1930. The first race, Preakness was on Friday, May 9, 1930. Second was Kentucky Derby, on Saturday, May 17, 1930. Belmont Stakes was on Saturday, July 7, 1930. Also, in 1930, the races were ran in a different order. 2-1-3, meaning, Preakness, Kentucky Derby, and Belmont Stakes. 1919's Kentucky Derby and Preakness (first two races, were only four days apart). Plus 1930's Preakness and Kentucky Derby (first two races, were only eight days apart). See more »

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The scene at the race track was obviously not filmed in Ohio. There are palm trees in the distance. See more »

Quotes

Stella Johnson: [to Dee] When the caterpillar turns into the butterfly, everyone is amazed.
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Crazy Credits

As Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978) concludes, Will proposes to Stella and she accepted his proposal. As they get in the helicopter and start for their trip, a note on a long & clear plastic banner, of "STELLA JOHNSON FOR MAYOR" (in red capital letters) is tied on the tail of the helicopter, trailing behind them. See more »

Connections

References Peyton Place (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Shady Sadie
Words and music by Gary Carver, Luana Anders & George Edwards
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hypocrisy won't stand
14 September 2012 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In a role not too far removed from a certain voluptuous bottled spirit, Barbara Eden plays a widow whose attire and attitude don't please the authority figures in her conservative small town. The local PTA threatens to expel her daughter from school, so the mom calls each of the members on their hypocrisy. After they get nasty, she engages in some cool revenge, including what has to be THE best sex ed movie EVER.

It was only through "Harper Valley P.T.A." that I learned that there's a song by the same name (sung, appropriately, by a woman named Jeannie). Whatever the case, it's just a funny movie. The first 15 or 16 minutes are based on the song's lyrics, and then begin the REAL pranks, culminating in a run for PTA president. The whole thing is a real pleasure.

Also starring Ronny Cox (Drew in "Deliverance"), Nanette Fabray, Susan Swift (the daughter in "Audrey Rose"), Louis Nye, John Fiedler (the voice of Piglet in the Winnie-the-Pooh productions), Pat Paulsen, Clint Howard, and a young Woody Harrelson.


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