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Did they know they were making a farce? Unintentionally very very funny, from beginning to end.
George Cukor who directed Garbo, Shearer, Monroe, Turner, Loren, Crawford, Leigh, etc was considered a woman's director. This film stars Jane Fonda and Glynis Johns and Claire Bloom, first to be done at 20th, the filmwas moved to Warner Bors. Cukor must have wandered the WB lot and caught glimpses of Elrem Zimbalist, Chad Everett and most of all Ty Hardin. Cukor threw the picture to Ty Hardin who is photographed very daringly for the arly 60's.
The Chapman Report
I loved this movie, it reminded me of Desparate Housewives. I would love to buy this movie but can't find it anywhere.
Desperate Housewives - Circa 1962
Based on an Irving Wallace potboiler of the same name, this is somewhat watered down for the screen. A much needed touch of class in both choice of director, the renowned George Cukor, and three of the four co-starring actresses: Jane Fonda, Claire Bloom and Glynis Johns, the odd woman out being Shelley Winters.As a quartet of upper class housewives in an affluent Los Angeles suburb who are all inteviewed by Dr. Chapman (read Kinsey) for his infamous report on female sexuality, they are all the original desperate housewives of their time. The two best performances are Glynis Johns who is like a 1960's Billie Burke, deliciously twittering and superficial, and Claire Bloom who as all alcholic nymphomaniac brings a tragic dignity to her character. An early Jane Fonda has a well bred angst as a young widow who fears she's frigid. I have a bias against Shelley Winters, have always found here to be overrated as an actress, with very little subtlety or variety in her performances. That being said I found her the least interesting of the group. Probably considered racy at the time it opened in late 1962, it's mild by 2011 standards. Try it once for the performances, especially Misses Johns & Bloom.