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Period of Adjustment (1962)

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112 min | Drama, Comedy

On December 23rd, Korean War veteran George Haverstick and nurse Isabel Crane - who George lovingly refers to as "Little Bit" - get married in a civil ceremony. They met when George was admitted to Belvedere General Hospital in St. Louis ...See moreOn December 23rd, Korean War veteran George Haverstick and nurse Isabel Crane - who George lovingly refers to as "Little Bit" - get married in a civil ceremony. They met when George was admitted to Belvedere General Hospital in St. Louis for a nervous shake, with Isabel being his night nurse. They got married immediately following his release, which occurred despite the doctors never discovering the reason for his affliction. They plan on honeymooning in Miami, and stopping in suburban High Point, Tennessee along the way to visit George's best friend, fellow Korean War vet Ralph Bates, and Ralph's wife of six years, Dorothea Bates. By the time they arrive on the Bates' doorstep on Christmas Eve, George and Isabel are hardly speaking to each other when they aren't yelling at each other as each had a preconceived notion of their role in the marriage incompatible with the other, and a romanticized view of how the other should behave. Ralph's marriage is currently in no better shape. Dottie has just left him, taking their infant son Junior with her. Although he never stated such to her, Ralph married insecure Dottie despite not loving her because her wealthy father, for who he worked, promised him the family business as an inheritance. Ralph and Dottie's current problem is primarily because Ralph could no longer stand her parent's pretentious and overbearing ways, both professionally and personally. Although Ralph, George and Isabel seem blind to the source of and solution to their own marital problems, each seems to have a clearer view of what ails the other couple and how best to fix their marriage. Written by Huggo See less
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Isobel Lennart (screenplay) | Tennessee Williams (play "A Period of Adjustment")
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Paul Vogel (as Paul C. Vogel)
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Updated Oct 31, 1962

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Oct 31, 1962 (United States)

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Anthony Franciosa
Ralph Bates (as Tony Franciosa) Ralph Bates (as Tony Franciosa)   See fewer
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Jane Fonda
Isabel Haverstick Isabel Haverstick   See fewer
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Jim Hutton
George Haverstick George Haverstick   See fewer
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Lois Nettleton
Dorothea Bates Dorothea Bates   See fewer
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John McGiver
Stewart P. McGill Stewart P. McGill   See fewer
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Mabel Albertson
Mrs. Alice McGill Mrs. Alice McGill   See fewer
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Jack Albertson
Desk Sergeant Desk Sergeant   See fewer
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John Astin
Smoky Anderson (uncredited) Smoky Anderson (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Fawcett
Motel Proprietor (uncredited) Motel Proprietor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lee Krieger
Christmas Caroler (uncredited) Christmas Caroler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Norman Leavitt
Christmas Caroler (uncredited) Christmas Caroler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Barbara Perry
Cherylynn Anderson (uncredited) Cherylynn Anderson (uncredited)   See fewer
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Scott Paul Robertson
Skip 'Junior' Bates (uncredited) Skip 'Junior' Bates (uncredited)   See fewer
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Herb Vigran
Christmas Caroler (uncredited) Christmas Caroler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jesse White
Christmas Caroler (uncredited) Christmas Caroler (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.4 / 10 | 951 votes