Tea and Sympathy (1956) Film Review

Tea and Sympathy
DIRECTOR: Vincente Minnelli
BOTTOM LINE: The consensus today is that even if Deborah Kerr’s character Laura Reynolds, the mistress of a household of college boys, manages to “save” Tom Robertson Lee’s (John Kerr) from his sensitive (read homosexual) tendencies by seducing him, she cannot save herself from the fact that she married a gay man (Leif Erickson) and is trapped in a loveless union. Bill has taken the opposite road to Tom. He is hyper-masculine, preferring the company of men to women. One of Deborah’s most sympathetic performances. Both she and John Kerr (no relation) originated their roles on the Broadway stage.
POST TITLE: Fifty-Four Queer Films Made Under the Hays Code (1934-1967)
CATEGORY: My Favorites
SUBCATEGORY: Queer Film
STREAMING: Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+

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