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The Chapman Report
The Chapman Report.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by George Cukor
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
Written by Wyatt Cooper
Don Mankiewicz
Gene Allen
Grant Stuart
Based on The Chapman Report
1960 novel 
by Irving Wallace[1]
Starring Shelley Winters
Jane Fonda
Claire Bloom
Glynis Johns
Efrem Zimbalist Jr
Music by Leonard Rosenman
Frank Perkins
Max Steiner
Cinematography Harold Lipstein
Edited by Robert L. Simpson
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • October 5, 1962 (1962-10-05) (Chicago)
Running time
125 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English

The Chapman Report is a 1962 Technicolor film made by DFZ Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed by George Cukor and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Richard D. Zanuck, from a screenplay by Wyatt Cooper and Don Mankiewicz, adapted by Gene Allen and Grant Stuart from Irving Wallace's 1960 novel The Chapman Report. The original music was by Leonard Rosenman, Frank Perkins and Max Steiner, the cinematography by Harold Lipstein, the color coordination images and main title design by George Hoyningen-Huene, and the costume design by Orry-Kelly.

Plot summary[edit]

Los Angeles psychologist Chapman (Andrew Duggan) and his assistant Paul Radford (Efrem Zimbalist Jr) are looking for volunteers for their sex survey, and four women volunteer: Sarah Garnell (Shelley Winters), a middle-aged woman who is having an affair with young theater director Fred Linden (Ray Danton); Teresa Harnish (Glynis Johns), a happily married woman who becomes attracted to brawny football player Ed Kraski (Ty Hardin); Naomi Shields (Claire Bloom), an alcoholic nymphomaniac who takes up with an unsavory jazz musician; and Kathleen Barclay (Jane Fonda), a young widow who thinks she is frigid.[3]



Based on Irving Wallace's novel that was based on the Kinsey Reports, the film was originally conceived for 20th Century Fox to attract customers with discussions and depictions of sexual matters that would not be allowed on American television. Darryl F. Zanuck was having problems with Fox during the production of two widescreen epic spectacular films for the studio in Europe, Cleopatra and The Longest Day at the same time. When Fox would not do the film, Zanuck offered the property, his son the producer, director Cukor and the female stars to his friend and rival Jack L. Warner.[4]

Warner Brothers replaced the film's planned male leads with their own Warner Brothers Television contract leads who received no extra money to do the film. Warner Brothers felt that casting these performers would attract their fans to the film, while at the same time pleasing the stars who had requested more interesting and different material than they had at Warners.

Andrew Duggan played a character based on Dr. Alfred Kinsey; Efrem Zimbalist Jr played one of his researchers, who meets and interviews the four women depicted in the film. The leading ladies consist of Jane Fonda as a frigid young widow; Shelley Winters as an adulterous middle-aged housewife having an affair with artist Ray Danton; Glynis Johns as a trendy older woman infatuated with athletic young beach boy Ty Hardin; and Claire Bloom as a nymphomaniac.[5]

Costume designer Orry-Kelly dressed each of the different female characters in only one color throughout the film.[4]

As many as seven different writers worked on the film[4] with Gene Allen, who was contracted to Cukor's organisation delivering the final screenplay. The film attracted much criticism during its production by the Legion of Decency amongst others.


After a screening at San Francisco where Cukor claimed the audience liked the film, the studio recut the film.[6] At the Legion of Decency's insistence, Jack Warner had Michael A. Hoey reedit the film[7] and wrote a different ending[8] with Zimbalist and Duggan saying that American women were rather normal sexually, a message at odds with the rest of Cukor's film. A different director was brought in to reshoot it.[4] Cukor himself said of Bloom: "Claire is not a nice Nellie. She has no inhibitions, and she is not as cold as some people say".[9]

The film attracted criticism for being "the sexiest mainstream movie ever made".[9] Upon the film's general release, The New York Times said "the four adapters use four case histories of abnormal sexual behavior of upper middle-class women of a Los Angeles suburb who subject themselves to the testing of a psychologist's team of investigators. They touch, unfortunately only superficially, on a frigid type, a nymphomaniac-alcoholic, a confused, bored mother and a gay, flighty intellectual seeking enlightenment in romance. The interplay and lack of depth in the treatment of these glimpses at the intimate life sometimes appear more prurient than scientific. And a viewer's emotions rarely, if ever, are fully engaged in following the affairs."[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Detail view of Movies Page". Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Overview". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  3. ^ Paul Brenner. "The Chapman Report (1962) - George Cukor - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Dan Callahan. "George Cukor". Senses of Cinema. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  6. ^ p.63 Long, Robert Emmet George Cukor: Interviews 2001 Univ of Mississippi Press
  7. ^ "Michael A. Hoey". IMDb. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Welcome to the Elvis Information Network...for the best news, reviews, interviews; articles about the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley". Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Hutchinson 1998, p. 54.
  10. ^ Weiler, A. H. (October 18, 1962). "Chapman Report: Adaptation of Wallace Novel Opens Here". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 


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