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Rejected (The)

USA, English, 60 mins

  • Director: Dick Christian
  • Writer: John Reavis Jr
  • Producer: John Reavis Jr

CGiii Comment

If it wasn't so terrifying...it would be hysterical!

People, professional people...medics, actually believed in the tripe they spoke!

Here, homosexuality is seen [exclusively] as a problem...but, they never actually say what the 'problem' is!

Fascinating to see and hear Margaret Mead dither on [and on] about her anthropological perspective of homosexuality...she was a far better writer than an orator. She and all the others who took part could [without much effort] win gold medals in monotony.

How times/attitudes/knowledge have changed...from the days when homosexuality was tolerated only if they didn't frighten the horses!


The(ir) Blurb...

Introduced by KQED's General Manager James Day, The Rejected was the first ever U.S. televised documentary about homosexuality, broadcast on September 11th 1961. It includes discussions about sexual orientation from: Margaret Mead (anthropologist); Dr. Karl Bowman (former President of the American Psychiatric Association); Harold Call, Donald Lucas and Les Fisher of the Mattachine Society; San Francisco District Attorney Thomas Lynch; Dr. Erwin Braff (Director of San Francisco's Bureau for Disease Control; Al Bendich; Mr J. Albert Hutchinson and Mr. Morris Lowenthal (who engage in debate); Bishop James Pike and Rabbi Alvin Fine.

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