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The Group Details


Based on the novel by Mary McCarthy, The Group was one of the slickest, and most highly publicized, cinematic soap operas of the 1960s. Filmed largely in New York, the story charts the exploits of eight young women, all of whom graduate from an exclusive Vassar-ish college in the middle of the Depression. Among the talented young actresses making their screen debuts herein are Candice Bergen as Lakey, the group's resident Lesbian; Joan Hackett as Dottie, a repressed socialite who takes up with bohemian artist Dick Brown (Richard Mulligan); Joanna Pettet as Kay, who marries philandering playwright Harald Peterson (Larry Hagman); and Kathleen Widdoes as Helena, the wealthiest of the girls who insists upon proving her value in the workplace. The other girls are Pokey (Marin-Robin Redd), who seems happiest when pregnant; Jessica Walter as Libby, the group's viper-tongued gossip and the darling of the Manhattan literary set (some have suggested that McCarthy based this character on herself); Elizabeth Hartman as Priss, the requisite heart-on-sleeve liberal; and Shirley Knight as Polly, whose bumpy love life culminates in a very colorful engagement party. Hal Holbrook, likewise making his first screen appearance, plays Gus LeRoy. Sumptuously produced, The Group is a bit empty dramatically, though the sheer volume of continuing characters manages to sustain audience interest. (Incidentally, here's a note for "blooper" spotters: wasn't the Pan Am building constructed in the 1950s? ) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Candice Bergen New Star of the Year - Female 1966 Nominee


Candice Bergen
as Lakey Eastlake
Joan Hackett
as Dottie Renfrew
Elizabeth Hartman
as Priss Hartshorn
Shirley Knight
as Polly Andrews
Joanna Pettet
as Kay Strong
Mary-Robin Redd
as Pokey Prothero
Jessica Walter
as Libby MacAusland
Kathleen Widdoes
as Helena Davison
James Broderick
as Dr. Ridgeley
James Congdon
as Sloan Crockett
Larry Hagman
as Harald Peterson
Hal Holbrook
as Gus Leroy
Richard Mulligan
as Dick Brown
Robert Emhardt
as Mr. Andrews
Philippa Bevans
as Mrs. Hartshorn
Marion Brash
as Radio Man's Wife
George Gaynes
as Brook Latham
Martha Greenhouse
as Mrs. Bergler
Russell Hardie
as Mr. Davison
Doreen Lang
as Nurse Swenson
Baruch Lumet
as Mr. Schneider
John O'Leary
as Putnam Blake
Hildy Parks
as Nurse Catherine
Polly Rowles
as Mrs. Andrews
Douglas Rutherford
as Mr. Prothero
Truman Smith
as Mr. Bergler
Richard Graham
as Rev. Garland
Ed Holmes
as Mr. MacAusland
Leora Dana
as Mrs. Renfrew
Richard Graham
as Rev. Garland
Ed Holmes
as Mr. MacAusland


Sidney Lumet
Sidney Buchman
Sidney Buchman
Boris Kaufman
Ralph Rosenblum
Gene Callahan
Production Designer
Tony Belletier
First Assistant Director
Vic Ramos
Irving Buchman