The Harrad Experiment

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The Harrad Experiment
Poster of the movie The Harrad Experiment.jpg
Directed by Ted Post
Produced by Noel Marshall
Mel Sokolow
Dennis F. Stevens
Written by Novel:
Robert H. Rimmer
Michael Werner
Ted Cassidy
Starring James Whitmore
Tippi Hedren
Don Johnson
Bruno Kirby
Laurie Walters
Victoria Thompson
Music by Artie Butler
Cinematography Richard H. Kline
Edited by Bill Brame
Distributed by Cinerama Releasing Corporation
Release date
  • May 11, 1973 (1973-05-11)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $400,000[1]
Box office $3,000,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[2]

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 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)

Cultural references

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 also


  1. ^,5181325&hl=en
  2. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 19

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