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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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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Stella Johnson (Barbara Eden) spoke with Alice Finley (Nanette Fabray), Stella picked a Chinese judo self-defense woman to go to Kirby Baker's office to immediately frame him after he started to foreclose ownership of her house, Stella chuckled and said, "and I don't mean Chop Suey!", Chinese background music is played two to three seconds, as Stella spoke and then chuckled back, to Alice Finely. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Myrna Wong: [exits Kirby's office after tossing him about his office and deliberately tearing her own dress] Excuse me, would someone call the police? I've been assaulted!
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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 »

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References Peyton Place (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Shady Sadie
Words and music by Gary Carver, Luana Anders & George Edwards
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great feel-good fun
31 July 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

Why don't they make 'em like this any more? HARPER VALLEY P.T.A is one of a handful of flicks from the late 70s and early 80s that mixed social satire with hilarity(9 TO 5 and HOW TO BEAT THE HIGH COST OF LIVING were two others). Barbara Edan is Stella Johnson, a hard-working single mother who attracts the ire of the self-righteous town Parent-Teacher Association. As those of you who remember how the country song this film was based on goes, Stella gets a not-too-tolerant letter cataloging her many indiscretions(which are merely rumors)and responds by giving the members what-for at a public meeting. When this results in public rejection(not to mention rocks through the Johnson house windows)Stella takes action, setting in motion a series of elaborate revenges against the P.T.A members that not only even the score but show up each person's hypocrisies. It's great to see beautiful Barbara Eden fight the stuck-up blue-bloods, pompous elected officials, and self-righteous educators who make up the P.T.A., because everyone can see a little of their own communities in Harper Valley.


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