Guess What We Learned in School Today?


1h 36m 1970

Brief Synopsis

Parents in a small, conservative community don't think that the sex drive is a normal thing for children to experience. So much so, that they label education in that regard as a communist plot. The group of prudes is led by an impotent alcoholic and a gay policeman.

Film Details

Also Known As
Guess What!?!, I Ain't No Buffalo
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Minneapolis opening: 8 Jul 1970
Production Company
Cannon Productions; Institute for Interpersonal Relations
Distribution Company
Cannon Releasing Corp.; William E. Heineman
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color

Synopsis

Dr. Lily Whitehorn, head of the Institute for Interpersonal Relations, attempts to initiate a sex education course in the high school of a middle-class suburb, but she is thwarted by the conservative members of the community. Among the staunchest protestors are Roger Manley, a homosexual-hating vice-squad lieutenant, who believes that sex education is a communist conspiracy to undermine the moral backbone of the nation, and Lance Battle, an alcoholic, sexually impotent ex-Marine colonel, who lives in a World War II fantasy. The men's frustrated wives, however, are far more sympathetic to Dr. Whitehorn's crusade; following a morning of sipping coffee and smoking marijuana, Eve Manley asserts her own liberated sexuality by coercing Rita Battle into a lesbian affair. Later Eve volunteers herself as a sex partner for the Battles' 17-year-old son, Robbie. As Lance watches Eve and Robbie make love, he becomes so stimulated that he overcomes his impotence; and Robbie, having been initiated into the pleasures of sex, turns his attention to Lydia, Dr. Whitehorn's pretty assistant. Lydia invites everyone to the institute for nude swimming, and Roger takes it upon himself to save Robbie's endangered morals. As he peeks through the trees at his uninhibited friends, Roger is horrified to find himself sexually attracted to Robbie. He rushes off to hang himself but is cut down by Billie, a black prostitute who once satisfied his sexual desires. After proving that he is not a woman but a detective in disguise, Billie arrests Roger for homosexual soliciting and dereliction of duty. Finally acknowledging that they are more in need of sex education than their children, the adults sign up for Dr. Whitehorn's course. As a final irony, Dr. Whitehorn confesses that she has no sex life but intends to remedy the situation as soon as possible.

Film Details

Also Known As
Guess What!?!, I Ain't No Buffalo
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Minneapolis opening: 8 Jul 1970
Production Company
Cannon Productions; Institute for Interpersonal Relations
Distribution Company
Cannon Releasing Corp.; William E. Heineman
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color

Quotes

Trivia

Opening titles are spoken, with no accompanying text, by the director's daughter Katherine Avildsen. Closing titles lists a fake credit: "Training Film #IF92 by the Institute for Interpersonal Relations; Croton, N.Y."

Notes

Filmed on location in New York. Also known as Guess What!?! and I Ain't No Buffalo.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1970

Released in United States 1970