Class of '74
1972 Marki Bey
"The Class of '74" is the story of four young women who belong to today . . . or perhaps even to tomorrow. When we first meet them on the campus, it is instantly apparent that they are four young women to whom nature has been generous . . . four bodies that have been amply endowed, designed to turn men's heads and cause their wives, girlfriends and/or mistresses concern. And interestingly, all four have looks to go with their bodies. Four distinctive, different faces, all of which epitomize young womanhood . . . in short, you don't know where to look first.
And then we hear them talking . . . We realize they are bright, witty, intelligent women who believe in doing their own thing, free spirits whose moral codes are where everyone else secretly wishes theirs were.
Gabriella (Barbara Caron) is a bit unworldly, naive about life but willing to learn. She looks to her friends for advice and consultation.
Then there is Maggie (Sandra
Currie) who feels she is the equal of any man and has the looks, confidence and drive to do anything she wants.
And Carla (Marki Bey), black and beautiful, who is having a love affair with life. Black or white, it makes no difference as long as you live for today. As she tells Gabriella, "I'm making love happen, and it's the wildest kick I've ever had. The sooner you learn it's all wrapped up in the sex game we play, the better off you'll be." Finally, there is Heather (Pat Woodell), blonde, built and bright, whose ambitions lean towards owning a Greek island or being the next Princess of Monaco. Watch and listen to her for a few minutes and you'll know she's going to get what she wants . . . and more.
After discussing her naiveté, the three other girls decide that Gabriella needs the kind of education she will never get in college. They will take her under their wings, and almost in the style of a progressive dinner, teach her everything they know (and that's plenty) about life. Gabriella is eager to cooperate.
Maggie is the first to expose Gabriella to life. In a beautiful beach house at Malibu, the young woman learns that if her attitude is right and she understands the rules of the game, she can have anything she wants. Helping Maggie with the lessons in love is a handsome young photographer, Tony (Roger Ewing).
Carla next takes charge of Gabriella's instructions at a handsomely furnished Beverly Hills apartment. She introduces her to a young stud named Wally (Chris Beaumont) and to the philosophy of doing what you have to do and having something inside you called "free power."
Heather then undertakes the final phase of the reeducating of Gabriella by showing her life among the jet-setters, the over-thirty bunch. Aboard a big-as-a-battleship yacht, she meets Dave (Phillip Terry) who offers her a menage a trois arrangement with his wife's (Lynn Cartwright) consent. John (Gary Clarke), owner of the boat, seeks only Gabriella's consent.
Her education completed, Gabriella returns to the campus far wiser and a more sophisticated woman. We last see her, mature and confident, discussing life with a new young freshman (Cynthia Hull). She agrees to take this unwise-in-the-world young woman under HER wing and teach her what life is all about. The Class of '74 proved again that they taught more than they learned.
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