“Tea and Sympathy” was mentioned recently in one of the articles reprinted from Ivy Magazine. It’s also on the reading list featured in the “Official Preppy Handbook.”
I figured it was time to check it out.
Written by Robert Anderson for the stage, “Tea and Sympathy” was adapted for the screen in 1956 with Vincente Minnelli at the helm. Unissued on DVD in the US, the movie has been digitized and uploaded to YouTube in 14 bite-size installments. Part one is presented below.
“Tea and Sympathy” is set at a boys’ prep school, where sensitive Tom Lee (played by John Kerr) is hazed by an army of khaki-clad hearties at the height of the buckle-in-back craze. Tom finds consolation in the company of one of the faculty wives, played by Deborah Kerr (no relation). The film is standard ’50s melodrama with some fine collegiate clothing; I say collegiate because while set at a prep school, the students all look like college seniors.
Author Robert Anderson died just recently, in February, at the age 91. Here’s the NY Times obituary.
If the prospect of watching an entire movie on YouTube sounds tedious, then just watch one segment each morning while having your coffee and checking your eBay alerts. You’ll be done in just two weeks. — CC