Film showing is plea to save house

From Staff ReportsJuly 16, 2008 

"This is Willard, a men's college. One mile away is Fulton, a women's college. You've heard of the sexual revolution. Well, I'm probably one of its first casualties. Paxton Quigley, that's me."

-- The opening lines of "Three in the Attic"

CHAPEL HILL -- Filmed in Chapel Hill in 1967, the little-seen "Three In the Attic" was aimed at the youth market -- the children of the '60s who were embracing sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in growing numbers.

The movie starred James Dean look-alike Christopher Jones as lothario frat boy Paxton Quigley. When his girlfriends (Yvette Mimieux, Judy Pace and Maggie Thrett) learn of each other, they punish him by locking him inside the attic of the now endangered Edward Kidder Graham House -- a sorority house named Ford Hall in the film -- and forcing him to be their sex slave.

Not the kind of film you'd expect local preservationists to promote. But the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill will show it at 8:30 p.m. Friday on the lawn of the Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary St. The society hopes the event will raise awareness that the Kidder Graham House, home to a former UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor, needs a buyer who will restore it.

Read more about the film and the Kidder Graham House in today's Chapel Hill News or online at

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