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Period of Adjustment
Director: George Roy Hill (Dir)
Release Date:   1962
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 31 Oct 1962
Duration (in mins):   112
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Cast:   Tony Franciosa (Ralph Baitz)  
    Jane Fonda (Isabel Haverstick)  
    Jim Hutton (George Haverstick)  
    Lois Nettleton (Dorothea Baitz)  
    John McGiver (Stewart P. McGill)  
    Mabel Albertson (Mrs. Alice McGill)  
    Jack Albertson (Desk sergeant)  

Summary: 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. 

Production Company: Marten Productions  
Production Text: A Lawrence Weingarten Production
Distribution Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.  
Director: George Roy Hill (Dir)
  Al Jennings (Asst dir)
Producer: Lawrence Weingarten (Prod)
Writer: Isobel Lennart (Scr)
Photography: Paul C. Vogel (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: George W. Davis (Art dir)
  Edward Carfagno (Art dir)
Film Editor: Fredric Steinkamp (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Henry Grace (Set dec)
  Dick Pefferle (Set dec)
Music: Lyn Murray (Mus)
Sound: Franklin Milton (Rec supv)
Make Up: William Tuttle (Makeup)
  Sydney Guilaroff (Hairstyles)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the play A Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams (New York, 31 Oct 1961).
Authors: Tennessee Williams

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Marten Productions 11/10/1962 dd/mm/yyyy LP23324

Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Westrex

Genre: Comedy-drama
Subjects (Major): Drunkenness
  Family relationships
  Fortune hunters
  Korean War, 1950-1953
  Shell shock

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