Considered to be one of the most daring films to be released during the Production Code Era because of its blatant queer subtext, Tea and Sympathy is a 1956 romantic melodrama directed by Vincente Minnelli. The narrative focuses on the relationship between a woman named Laura Reynolds (played by Debra Kerr) and a college student named Thomas Lee (played by John Kerr). Laura is a suburban housewife during the 1950’s married to the headmaster of Chilton College, Bill Reynolds (played by Leif Erickson). The two live in the same building as Tom and subsequently Laura and Tom develop a close friendship and personal bond because of Tom’s interest in more effeminate activities. Because Tom is interested in things such as sewing, gardening, and folk music, which were considered to be activities strictly for women, he begins to be ridiculed and outcasted by the other boys attending Chilton College. The only student that does not bully Tom is his roommate, Al (Darryl Hickman), who does not pass judgement but instead tries to teach Tom how to act more masculine. At one point in the film, Tom is pressured by his peers to visit a woman named Ellie (Norma Crane) who he plans to sleep with in order to prove that he is a ‘regular’ man. During their interaction Ellie teases Tom about his feminine features, which triggers Tom to have a breakdown and ultimately attempt suicide. However, Tom was unsuccessful and in the next scene Laura attempts to console Tom and they share a kiss, which could be read romantically or as a gesture of maternal love and acceptance. The film was extremely advantageous in its efforts to in critically examine the ways in which society viewed homosexuality at the time, as it also just simply comments on the pressures and expectations for young adolescent men to be visibly masculine.