Stand Up and Be Counted


1h 39m 1972

Brief Synopsis

Sheila is a newspaper reporter who returns to her home town in order to write an article about the progress of the liberation of the women. Arriving at the town she is very surprised to see that her sister and also her mother agree very much with the feministic arguments.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
May 1972
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Jul 1972l; Los Angeles opening: 26 Jul 1972
Production Company
Frankovich Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States
Location
Denver, Colorado, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

Returning to the United States after living several years in London working for a fashion publication, journalist Sheila Hammond takes up an assignment for a national magazine to cover the effect of the Women's Liberation Movement on middle America. On the flight to her hometown of Denver, Sheila meets old boyfriend Eliot Travis, an airline pilot, and the two rekindle their interest in each other. At the airport, Sheila is greeted by her mother Mabel, who, growing incensed when a man makes a lewd remark about Sheila's looks, responds by shouting lascivious remarks at the man and chasing him through the baggage claim department. By way of explanation, Mabel later confides in her startled daughter that she has joined the Senior Women's Liberation group. At home, Sheila is further taken aback to learn that her younger sister Karen is the militant leader of another "Women's Lib" group and has decided to spare herself the restrictions of traditional courtship, marriage and parenthood by having the muscular football coach, Jerry Kamanski, impregnate her. After moving in with Eliot, Sheila continues research on her article by attending a feminist workshop led by Karen, urging women to come to terms with the things that make them unhappy at home. There Sheila meets Yvonne Kellerman, the spoiled wife of Lou, the manager of a lingerie factory, who, she admits, treats her only as a sex object; Hilary McBride, a formerly successful dress designer who is now an exhausted full-time mother of four and wife of selfish advertising executive Gary; Sadie, a spirited seamstress in Lou's factory and Gloria Seager, a very successful call girl. One of the workshops features a talk by family psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, who validates the women's feelings of exploitation by the men in their lives. Soon Sheila finds herself stirred into political empathy when she discovers that instead of keeping his promise to share in half of the housework, Eliot has hired a maid to do his portion of the cleaning. The women's organizations come together to arrange a mass demonstration during which Yvonne burns her bra outside of Lou's factory while Mabel and the members of SWL threaten to disrobe to protest a speech given by a man from Playboy magazine, but are too timid when the man ridicules them. Over time there are several changes among the women's lives: Yvonne succeeds in having Lou learn to treat her with more consideration; Hilary takes the opportunity to resume her career, but Gary, who has lost his job, refuses her financial support and leaves for New York to take a new position; and Sheila, her article now complete, realizes that despite her love for Eliot, they will never share an equal partnership, so leaves him and settles on the East Coast. Nine months later, Sheila is delighted to learn that Karen has given birth to a spirited baby girl.

Cast

Jacqueline Bisset

Sheila Hammond

Stella Stevens

Yvonne Kellerman

Steve Lawrence

Gary McBride

Gary Lockwood

Eliot Travis

Lee Purcell

Karen Hammond

Loretta Swit

Hilary McBride

Hector Elizondo

Lou Kellerman

Anne Francine

Mabel Hammond

Madlyn Rhue

Gloria Seagar

Alex Wilson

Jerry Kamanski

Michael Ansara

Playboy speaker

Dr. Joyce Brothers

Herself

Jessica Rains

Sadie

Meredith Baxter

Tracy

Greg Mullavey

Harley Burton

Nancy Walker

Agnes

Edith Atwater

Sophie

Jeff Donnell

Ruth

Kathleen Freeman

Sarah

Shelley Morrison

Rosa

Isabel Sanford

Beverly

Stephanie Edwards

Female announcer

Robert G. Palmer

Male announcer

Colleen Miller

Nun

Linda Cooper

Stephanie

Patti Walczuk

Valerie

Carole Shelyne

Lucy

Joseph Bernard

Executive #1

Bob Golden

Executive #3

Tom Stewart

Executive #2

Rebecca Baehler

Lisa McBride

Mark Benson

Teddy McBride

William Benson

Teddy McBride

Morgan Sterne

Alec Yost

Vernon V. Porter

Foreman

Joseph Perry

Foreman

George Dunn

Policeman

George Winters

Soda jerk

Diane Deininger

Clara

Karen Halver

Model

Gina Alvarado

Factory woman #1

Lavelle Roby

Factory woman #2

Linda Burton

Factory woman #3

Bee Tompkins

Blanche

Leslie Summers

Woman's Lib #1

Julie Ann Johnson

Woman's Lib #2

Choo Choo Collens

Woman's Lib #3

Jo Jo Malone

Woman's Lib #4

Patti Marlowe

Woman's Lib #5

Angel Pine

Woman's Lib #6

Donna Garrett

Demonstrator #1

Pepper Curtis

Demonstrator #2

Mae Boss

Demonstrator #3

Candy Caballero

Stewardess

James Brewer

Doctor

Jackie Cooper

Doctor

Rick Jury

Businessman #1

Norman Alden

Businessman #2

Claudia Thompson

Shopper

Nancy J. Carlson

Shopper

Betty Ann Mumey

Shopper

Carolyn Pat Lasky

Older Woman's Lib

Lona B. Ingwerson

Older Woman's Lib #1

Virginia R. Seymore

Older Woman's Lib #2

Lorry Goldman

Male bystander

John Hegner

Michael McBride

Lori Busk

Bridget McBride

Lavina Dawson

Gretchen

Tamara Terry

Girl

Meredith Jan Baer

Girl

Peter Halton

Boy

Mark Russell

Billie Bird

Gale Robbins

Jennifer Rhodes

Chanin Hale

Mabel Robinson

Janie Greenspan

Sandy Balson

Leigh Adams-bennett

Luanne Roberts

Marsha Metrinko

Irene Tsu

Ann H. Lynn

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
May 1972
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Jul 1972l; Los Angeles opening: 26 Jul 1972
Production Company
Frankovich Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States
Location
Denver, Colorado, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Some reviews for this unviewed film referred to Stand Up and Be Counted as the first major Hollywood feature film to focus on the Women's Liberation Movement. The film marked the directorial debut of actor Jackie Cooper and the feature film debuts of singer Steve Lawrence and actress Meredith Baxter. According to Filmfacts, the mock dollar bills seen in the demonstration scenes featured the face of veteran actress Binnie Barnes who was married to producer M. J. Frankovich. Stand Up and Be Counted was shot on location in Denver.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1972

c Eastmancolor

rtg MPAA PG

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1972