Tell Me Where It Hurts (1974)

15 Feb
Director Paul Bogard
Producer Herbert Hirshman; Tomorrow Entertainment (Firm); Learning Corporation of America
Contributors Maureen Stapleton, Paul Sorvino, Doris Dowling
Length 78 min.
B&W/Color Color
UO Library Catalog description: “A drama about the quiet love between two ordinary middle-class people.”
Call # FILM Md79
Genre Feature
Rare YES
Online NO
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition FAIR
Oregon-related NO


Learning Corporation of America made its name by producing made-for-television films like Tell Me Where It Hurts from 1970 to 1989. This film exemplifies the “B” movie; while failing to garner critical acclaim, it brought together award-winning talent and a reputable production staff. “Writer Fay Kanin, winner of two Emmies for her work on Tell Me Where It Hurts, appears as one of Stapleton’s friends. This TV movie was originally broadcast March 12, 1974 as a General Electric Theatre special.” (Source)

“‘Tell Me Where It Hurts’ was a beautiful drama about a blue collar family. It pursues the major theme of a wife’s identity in the empty nest stage of the cycle. Through a circle of friends, mostly blue collar wives, a fascinating range of responses involving other themes is revealed (see Le Masters, 1975).”

Lieberman, Leonard , and Leslie Lieberman. “The Family in the Tube: Potential Uses of Television.” Family Coordinator. 26.3 (1977): 235-242. Web. 7 Feb. 2012. <>.

“Paul Bogart has enjoyed a career as a director in almost every medium of visual communication. Mr. Bogart is one of a handful of individuals who has directed live television productions of the ‘Golden Age’, the telefilm, the made-for-television movie, and the feature film. …… In 1991, Bogart was awarded the French Festival Internationelle Programmes Audiovisuelle at Cannes, one of the few television directors to be recognized for a remarkable body of work. Many directors working in television today are members of a generation raised on television. The better of these directors are those who paid attention to the work of Paul Bogart.” Bogart won several awards for his work over the duration of his directing career. (Source)

At the time this film was made, Maureen Stapleton was already an accomplished, award-winning actress; she would go on to be inducted in the American Theater Hall of Fame (Source). At the time this film was made, Paul Sorvino was at the beginning end of an accomplished, award-winning acting career (Source).

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