Before De-naming became all the rage on campus, Vietnam Vets returning to college were trying to spot beaver when beautiful young girls with short skirts took a chair in the library at Lane Community College. This activity is forbidden today, and will get you in a lot of trouble. I should know. Belle Burch met her radical lover, Ambrose, here.
“I used to be a Beaver-Spotter, but, now I’m not.”
I just discovered a lost milestone in Liberal-Hippianism. A radical sex-ploitation of the seventies was made in the hills above Eugene Oregon, where that real famous College Movie was made ‘Animal House’. There is even a soundtrack! I suggest a reunion party – with this soundtrack. I’ll go! I tried to enroll at Lane, so I could get straight. I lived in a trailer next door to a real V-vet who showed me the tin cans her tied on wire around the back of his trailer.
“Never approach my trailer from the back!”
This is the Whitist Music ever heard: sung by a Scottish Elf-type. His high-pitched voice is in sharp contrast to the women that sang at the Grammys. Lady Gaga is a monster talent.
For two days I have been writing a long letter to Ed Ray, who by putting my kindred in the Pillory of Historic Shame, may have destroyed the revelancy of the White Man in Oregon – for starters!
I am reminded of the movie ‘The Blob’. Ronald Stein made this music. I have questions. I am afraid to look. I have a vision of the lane Community Dance Party of folks on the floor looking down at their smart-phones as the lyrics scroll by. Radical dialogue in provided free of charge for those who hate to think. It’s part of your tuition package.
The story centered upon student politics at a university in the early 1970s, seen through the eyes of non-conformist graduate student Harry Bailey (Elliott Gould). Also featured in the cast were Candice Bergen as Bailey’s girlfriend, Jeff Corey as Bailey’s professor and Harrison Ford as his anti social friend.
Getting Straight was released in an era of change and unrest in the United States in the early 1970s, and was in a long line of films that dealt with these themes. Other films of this period with similar themes were Medium Cool (1969), R. P. M. (1970), and The Strawberry Statement (1970).
Harry Bailey, a former student activist and post-graduate, comes back to university to complete an education course to become a teacher. He tries to avoid the increasing student unrest that has surfaced, but finds this difficult as his girlfriend, Jan, is a leader in these protests.
Over time, student demonstrations bring police to the campus to quell the unrest, and the ensuing clashes lead to martial law. Harry is forced to question his values in relation to this. At the height of the rioting he concurs with Jan that “getting straight” is more important than unprotesting acceptance of the educational establishment.
Leonard Maltin noted that the film essentially was a “period piece” but that its “central issue of graduate student (Elliott) Gould choosing between academic double-talk and his beliefs remains relevant.” On the other hand, Steven Scheuer wrote that the film was reflective of “hippiedom alienation at its shallowest.”
Other reviewers, such as Roger Greenspun from The New York Times, were a little more complimentary in tone about the film. While he says that overall the film is “misguided” he lauded Gould for “a brilliant, mercurial performance” and that he “fires” the film “with a fervor and wonderful comic sense of reality.”
Rush wanted to follow the film withThe Stunt Man but the film was not made until the end of the decade.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Stein wrote scores for many low budget horror and exploitation films during the 1950s and 1960s, most of which were released by American International Pictures. These included It Conquered the World, Attack of the Crab Monsters, Invasion of the Saucer Men, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Hot Rod Gang, The Premature Burial and The Haunted Palace. He also provided scores for major studio productions such as Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Rain People, and Richard Rush‘s Getting Straight.
Stein died from pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles, California, in 1988. His son, Victor Warren (birth name, Victor Warren Stein), is an actor, writer, director, and producer with his own production company Glydascope inc in Los Angeles, California
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- Day the World Ended (1955)
- Gunslinger (1956)
- The Oklahoma Woman (1956)
- Girls in Prison (1956)
- It Conquered the World (1956)
- The She-Creature (1956)
- Flesh and the Spur (1956)
- Runaway Daughters (1956)
- Naked Paradise (1957)
- Not of This Earth (1957)
- Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
- Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)
- Reform School Girl (1957)
- Sorority Girl (1957)
- The Undead (1957)
- Jet Attack (1958)
- Suicide Battalion (1958)
- Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
- The Bonnie Parker Story (1958)
- Hot Rod Gang (1958)
- She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)