Fraternity Row (film)

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Fraternity Row
Fraternity Row FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Thomas J. Tobin
Produced by Charles Gary Allison
Thomas Joachim
Thomas Pope
Written by Charles Gary Allison
Starring Peter Fox
Gregory Harrison
Scott Newman
Nancy Morgan
Wendy Phillips
Narrated by Cliff Robertson
Music by Michael Corner
Theme song by Don McLean
Cinematography Peter Gibbons
Edited by Eugene Fournier
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • June 3, 1977 (1977-06-03)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Fraternity Row is a 1977 American drama film portraying life in a 1950s fraternity at a fictional college.


This movie tells the story of one college student and his trials and tribulations as he pledges the Gamma Nu Pi Fraternity at a fictional Eastern school.[1] The film depicts common hazing practices during the era including humiliation, onion eating and severe paddling.



Originally this film was Charles Gary Allison's thesis while he was a film student at USC.[2] It was then picked up and distributed by Paramount. It is said to have been inspired by the 1959 hazing death of Kappa Sigma pledge Richard Swanson, who died after attempting to swallow a quarter pound piece of raw liver without chewing.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Fraternity Row met with generally positive reviews. However, the movie failed to catch on and did only a very light business at the box office. It has not been released to VHS or DVD.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Canry, Vincent (June 4, 1977). "'Fraternity Row,' a 50's Film, Plays Neighborhoods". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Fraternity Row". Variety. December 31, 1976. Retrieved 23 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Hazing death investigation is demanded". Spokane Daily Chronicle. September 18, 1959. 
  4. ^ Nuwker, Hank (January 29, 2004). The Hazing Reader. Indiana University Press. p. XXVI. ISBN 0253343704. 

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