Guess What We Learned in School Today? (1970)

R | 90 mins | Satire | 8 July 1970

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HISTORY

Guess What We Learned in School Today? marked the feature film acting debut of Richard Carballo. It was made for $165,000, and shot entirely in New York, according to items in the 17 Mar 1970 DV and 24 Nov 1971 Var.
       A news brief in the 19 Nov 1969 DV stated that Los Angeles,CA-based Crest Film Distributors would “represent” Cannon Releasing Corp. as the distributor in thirteen western states. Several months later, the 17 Mar 1970 DV reported that Cannon had sold distribution rights to William J. Heineman, who was in the process of setting up a new distribution entity. The picture was released in early Jul 1970, one week earlier than Joe (1970, see entry), also made by director John G. Avildsen for Cannon Productions. The 24 Nov 1971 Var claimed that Joe’s success prompted Cannon to buy back distribution rights for Guess What We Learned Today? from Heineman.
       An announcement in the 16 Dec 1969 DV stated that Harper MacKay, Moose Charlap, and Joan Andre Gil would compose the score; however, Harper MacKay received sole composer credit, while Charlap and Gil were credited with co-writing the title song.
       The 10 Feb 1971 Var announced a title change to Guess What? The film was also released as I Ain’t No Buffalo. ... More Less

Guess What We Learned in School Today? marked the feature film acting debut of Richard Carballo. It was made for $165,000, and shot entirely in New York, according to items in the 17 Mar 1970 DV and 24 Nov 1971 Var.
       A news brief in the 19 Nov 1969 DV stated that Los Angeles,CA-based Crest Film Distributors would “represent” Cannon Releasing Corp. as the distributor in thirteen western states. Several months later, the 17 Mar 1970 DV reported that Cannon had sold distribution rights to William J. Heineman, who was in the process of setting up a new distribution entity. The picture was released in early Jul 1970, one week earlier than Joe (1970, see entry), also made by director John G. Avildsen for Cannon Productions. The 24 Nov 1971 Var claimed that Joe’s success prompted Cannon to buy back distribution rights for Guess What We Learned Today? from Heineman.
       An announcement in the 16 Dec 1969 DV stated that Harper MacKay, Moose Charlap, and Joan Andre Gil would compose the score; however, Harper MacKay received sole composer credit, while Charlap and Gil were credited with co-writing the title song.
       The 10 Feb 1971 Var announced a title change to Guess What? The film was also released as I Ain’t No Buffalo. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Nov 1969
p. 12.
Daily Variety
16 Dec 1969
p. 14.
Daily Variety
17 Mar 1970
p. 1.
New York Times
20 May 1971.
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Star Tribune [Minneapolis, MN]
8 Jul 1970
p. 5.
Variety
15 Oct 1969
p. 54.
Variety
19 Nov 1969
p. 24.
Variety
10 Feb 1971
p. 3.
Variety
24 Nov 1971
p. 3, 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"What's Happened to My Baby?," words and music by Harper MacKay
sung by Sandy Stewart
"Guess What We Learned in School Today?" words and music by Moose Charlap and Joan Andre Gil.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
I Ain't No Buffalo
Guess What!?!
Release Date:
8 July 1970
Premiere Information:
Minneapolis opening: 8 July 1970
New York opening: 19 May 1971
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
De Luxe
Duration(in mins):
90
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
22549
Passed by NBR:
No
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. ... +


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. +

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