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The Harrad Experiment is a 1973 coming-of-age film about a fictional school called Harrad College where the students learn about sexuality and experiment with each other. Based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Robert Rimmer, this film deals with the concept of free love during the height of the sexual revolution which took place in the United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The Harrad Experiment
Poster of the movie The Harrad Experiment.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTed Post
Produced byNoel Marshall
Mel Sokolow
Dennis F. Stevens
Written byNovel:
Robert H. Rimmer
Michael Werner
Ted Cassidy
StarringJames Whitmore
Tippi Hedren
Don Johnson
Bruno Kirby
Laurie Walters
Victoria Thompson
Music byArtie Butler
CinematographyRichard H. Kline
Edited byBill Brame
Distributed byCinerama Releasing Corporation
Release date
  • May 11, 1973 (1973-05-11)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,000,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[2]

The movie stars James Whitmore and Tippi Hedren as the married couple who run the school, and includes a young Don Johnson (who would later go on to be Hedren's son-in-law) as one of the students who tries to go beyond the rules. It was directed by Ted Post.

A sequel, Harrad Summer, was released in 1974.


Additional cast
(all uncredited)

Home mediaEdit

The film was released on DVD on May 22, 2001 by Marengo Films.[3]

Cultural referencesEdit

In The Wonder Years fourth-season episode "Growing Up", Kevin's hippie older sister is seen reading a copy of The Harrad Experiment while driving to a company picnic with her family.

In the Seinfeld episode "The Label Maker", George Costanza describes his girlfriend's having a male roommate as a "bizarre Harrad Experiment".

See alsoEdit


  1. ^,5181325&hl=en
  2. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 19
  3. ^ Tribbey, Ralph (March 30, 2001). "DVD NEWS BRIEFS: Marengo's 'Killer B's'; BFS' 'Sharpe's' Series; MGM's May Slate; A&E;'s 'Pearl Harbor'; Vanguard's June". Archived from the original on April 9, 2001. Retrieved September 14, 2019.

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