Period of Adjustment (1962)

112 mins | Comedy-drama | 1962

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writer:

Isobel Lennart

Cinematographer:

Paul C. Vogel

Production Designers:

George W. Davis, Edward Carfagno

Production Company:

Marten Productions
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Lawrence Weingarten Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
Rec supv
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play A Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams (New York, 31 Oct 1961).
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 31 October 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Marten Productions
Copyright Date:
11 October 1962
Copyright Number:
LP23324
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
112
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Shortly after his discharge from the hospital where he has been treated for the shakes, Korean War veteran George Haverstick marries Isabel, his nurse, a good-natured, romantic Southern belle. Their honeymoon gets off to a bad start when Isabel discovers that George has quit his job, that his "station wagon" is actually a hearse, and that their wedding night is to be spent in a cheap motel. Despite his conspicuous display of masculinity, George feels inadequate, and to avoid failure on his wedding night he gets drunk and passes out in a chair. The next morning, he takes his disenchanted bride to Tennessee to visit a wartime buddy, Ralph Baitz, who married for money but now genuinely loves his wife, Dorothea. Because of trouble with his domineering in-laws, the McGills, Ralph has decided to quit the family business, and Dorothea has left him, convinced by her parents that she, too, will be abandoned. When Ralph's in-laws arrive to claim their daughter's possessions, a fight ensues, and everyone ends up at the police station. George and Isabel, forgetting their own problems, commiserate with Ralph and Dorothea. With their help and Ralph's gift of a fur coat to convince Dorothea that he isn't after her money, the Baitzes become reconciled. George confesses his nervous anxiety, and Isabel lovingly reminds him that the best thing about marriage is that there is so much time to work out ... +


Shortly after his discharge from the hospital where he has been treated for the shakes, Korean War veteran George Haverstick marries Isabel, his nurse, a good-natured, romantic Southern belle. Their honeymoon gets off to a bad start when Isabel discovers that George has quit his job, that his "station wagon" is actually a hearse, and that their wedding night is to be spent in a cheap motel. Despite his conspicuous display of masculinity, George feels inadequate, and to avoid failure on his wedding night he gets drunk and passes out in a chair. The next morning, he takes his disenchanted bride to Tennessee to visit a wartime buddy, Ralph Baitz, who married for money but now genuinely loves his wife, Dorothea. Because of trouble with his domineering in-laws, the McGills, Ralph has decided to quit the family business, and Dorothea has left him, convinced by her parents that she, too, will be abandoned. When Ralph's in-laws arrive to claim their daughter's possessions, a fight ensues, and everyone ends up at the police station. George and Isabel, forgetting their own problems, commiserate with Ralph and Dorothea. With their help and Ralph's gift of a fur coat to convince Dorothea that he isn't after her money, the Baitzes become reconciled. George confesses his nervous anxiety, and Isabel lovingly reminds him that the best thing about marriage is that there is so much time to work out problems. +

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