The Harrad Experiment
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|The Harrad Experiment|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ted Post|
|Produced by||Noel Marshall|
Dennis F. Stevens
Robert H. Rimmer
|Music by||Artie Butler|
|Cinematography||Richard H. Kline|
|Edited by||Bill Brame|
|Distributed by||Cinerama Releasing Corporation|
|Box office||$3,000,000 (US/ Canada rentals)|
The Harrad Experiment is a 1973 coming-of-age film about a fictional school called Harrad College where the students learn about sexuality and experiment with each other. Based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Robert Rimmer, this film deals with the concept of free love during the height of the sexual revolution which took place in the United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The movie stars James Whitmore and Tippi Hedren as the married couple who run the school, and includes a young Don Johnson (who would later go on to be Hedren's son-in-law) as one of the students who tries to go beyond the rules. It was directed by Ted Post.
A sequel, Harrad Summer, was released in 1974.
- James Whitmore as Philip Tenhausen
- Tippi Hedren as Margaret Tenhausen
- Don Johnson as Stanley Cole
- Bruno Kirby as Harry Schacht (as B. Kirby Jr.)
- Laurie Walters as Sheila Grove
- Victoria Thompson as Beth Hillyer
- Elliott Street as Wilson
- Robert Middleton as Sidney Bower
- Billy Sands as Jack
- Sharon Ullrick (née Taggart) as Barbara
- Maggie Wellman as Cynthia
- Michael Greene as Yoga Instructor
- Ron Kolman as Evan
- Eric Server as Workman
- Robert C. Ross as Workman
- Additional cast
- (all uncredited)
- Ted Cassidy as the diner patron
- Gregory Harrison as a student
- Melody Patterson as Jeannie
- Dennis F. Stevens as the heckler at the Ice House
- The Ace Trucking Company
- Melanie Griffith as an extra
The film was released on DVD on May 22, 2001 by Marengo Films.
In The Wonder Years fourth-season episode "Growing Up", Kevin's hippie older sister is seen reading a copy of The Harrad Experiment while driving to a company picnic with her family.
- "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 19
- Tribbey, Ralph (March 30, 2001). "DVD NEWS BRIEFS: Marengo's 'Killer B's'; BFS' 'Sharpe's' Series; MGM's May Slate; A&E;'s 'Pearl Harbor'; Vanguard's June". hive4media.com. Archived from the original on April 9, 2001. Retrieved September 14, 2019.