Harper Valley PTA

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Harper Valley PTA is a 1978 comedy about a small town of snobbish, busy bodies who want to run a single mother out of town because of her provocative dress and liberal lifestyle. Stella Johnson (Barbara Eden) is a cosmetician and single mother of a 14-year-old daughter Dee (Susan Swift). She moves to Harper Valley, Ohio, and quickly raises the eyebrows of the nosey, conservative citizens. Dee is subjected to ridicule at school due to her mother's looks and dress. One day Dee comes home with a letter from the Harper Valley PTA, headed by Flora Simpson (Audrey Christie), stating that Dee will be suspended from school if Stella doesn't conduct herself in a morally acceptable way.

Outraged by the letter, Stella goes on a campaign to expose the hypocrisy of the town and its PTA officials. After confronting the PTA officials during an open meeting, Stella suffers retaliation with a brick through her living room window. Stella decides to teach her antagonists a lesson they will never forget by exposing the skeletons they are hiding in their own closets. With the help of her friends Alice Finley (Nanette Fabray) and Herbie Maddox (Ron Masur), Stella launches a campaign of embarrassment and humiliation. The desperate board members go as far as having sympathetic board member Skeeter Duggan (Bob Hastings) kidnapped so that they can tamper with the board elections. He is soon freed with the help of Stella and Alice.

Stella is able to expose many secrets of hypocritical board members such as Willa Mae Jones (Fay DeWitt), who is caught in a sexual liaison with the mailman, and Olive Glover, the PTA secretary, who is a secret gambling addict and stealing school funds. The scheme to run Stalla out of town backfires, and Olive is arrested on theft charges. Stella wins the election as president of the PTA, and Flora and her old board members are voted out for good.

| 1978 | 1 hr 33 min | 5.8/10
Barbara Eden, Ronny Cox, Nanette Fabray, Louis Nye
Richard C. Bennett
Produced By
Phil Borack
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