Tea And Sympathy

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1956
  • Running time: 122 min
Homosexuality was a taboo subject in 1956 Hollywood. So it was a challenge for screenwriter Robert Anderson to adapt his hit Broadway play about a sensitive prepschooler called “sister boy” by his peers, and the lovely housemaster’s wife who realizes... read more
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Homosexuality was a taboo subject in 1956 Hollywood. So it was a challenge for screenwriter Robert Anderson to adapt his hit Broadway play about a sensitive prepschooler called “sister boy” by his peers, and the lovely housemaster’s wife who realizes she must offer more than tea and sympathy to help the boy prove his manhood. The frankness may be muted but the power remains in this stellar film. Under Vincente Minnelli’s direction, Deborah Kerr and John Kerr reprise their Broadway roles as older woman and younger man in poignant performances that reveal the compassion and the torment of being human. Their stage co-star Leif Erickson joins them in counterpoint as the emotionally clenched housemaster.

Original Release

06/06/1956

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Cast

Directors

Vincente Minnelli

Writers

Robert Anderson

Cast

Deborah Kerr Laura Reynolds
Edward Andrews Herb Lee
Leif Erickson Ferdie
John Kerr Tom Robinson Lee
Darryl Hickman Al
Dean Jones Ollie
Norma Crane Ellie Martin
Jacqueline deWit Lilly Sears
Bob Alexander Bob
Paul Bryar Alex
Chuck Courtney Boy in Soda Fountain
Parker Eggleston Boy in Soda Fountain
Robert Ellis Second Boy
Ron Gans Dick
Sol Gorss Burly Man
Harry Harvey Jr. First Boy
Byron Kane Tennis Umpire
Mike Lally Man at Bonfire
Peter Leeds Headmaster at Bonfire
Tom McKee Alumnus

Producers

Editors

Ferris Webster

1957 Golden Globe Most Promising Newcomer - Male Won
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