Jan 20, 2016
The Explosive Generation: Billy Gray in Love
It does offer some significant gay subtexts, as rich kid Bobby (Billy Gray of Father Knows Best, right) moons over basketball star Dan (the muscular Lee Kinsolving, left), and invites him to a wild party at his parents' beach house.
They dance, drink beer, and Bobby tries to talk Dan into having sex with his girlfriend Janet (Patty McCormack, center, best known as the murderous little girl in The Bad Seed).
That's why this poster shows the two of them dragging her toward a three-way triangulation.
Janet is reluctant -- how far should a girl go to prove her love to a boy?
Gifford decides to conduct a survey about students' attitudes toward sex. Parents find out, and become apoplectic with outrage. The principal starts screaming. The cops get involved. Gifford is asked to apologize (that's all?)
Bobby leads a student protest -- but not one of those loud protests of the hippie generation. They give the teachers the silent treatment. And the principal backs down. Problem solved.
The Explosive Generation is not very explosive, but it provides an interesting view of how histrionic parents got -- and still get -- over the idea of their teenagers having sex.