Cinema: Early to Bed

A Rage to Live. "Sex is dynamite. Nobody ever whipped it," says Family Physician James Gregory. Nonetheless, everyone takes a whipping in this formula melodrama based on the dogeared pages of John O'Hara's novel about a sexually prominent Pennsylvania heiress.

Teen-aged Grace Caldwell (Suzanne Pleshette) is more or less raped by a friend of her brother's one afternoon while the servants are away. She doesn't appear offended by it, so her subsequent rapes are, at the very worst, statutory. When such indiscretions begin to tax her mother's heart, Grace promises to have another go at virtue, confessing quite candidly that "sometimes it...

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