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Where the Boys Are (1960)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 December 1960 (USA)
Four very different college girls drive to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break and seek out various adventures and romance for themselves.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

George Wells (screen play), Glendon Swarthout (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dolores Hart ... Merritt Andrews
George Hamilton ... Ryder Smith
Yvette Mimieux ... Melanie Tolman
Jim Hutton ... TV Thompson
Barbara Nichols ... Lola Fandango
Paula Prentiss ... Tuggle Carpenter
Chill Wills ... Police Captain
Frank Gorshin ... Basil
Rory Harrity ... Franklin
Ted Berger Ted Berger ... Stout Man on Beach
John Brennan John Brennan ... Dill
Connie Francis ... Angie
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Storyline

Merritt, Melanie, Tuggle and Angie are four Midwestern college co-eds who travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for their spring vacation and we follow the episodic series of adventures and romance they all get into with some college guys they meet. Written by matt-282

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Taglines:

When 20,000 GIRLS meet 20,000 BOYS SOMETHING'S bound to happen! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bastam Dois para Amar See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Euterpe See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Connie Francis. NOTE: She had done earlier voice work / singing in Jamboree! (1957) and Rock Rock Rock! (1956) but did not appear on-screen. See more »

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When the kids are first introduced to Basil's jazz band, hundreds of kids rush to the bar, with the main characters in the rear. Yet, the main characters somehow manage to find one of the few tables in the bar. See more »

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Narrator: For fifty weeks of the year, Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a small corner of tropical heaven, basking contentedly in the warm sun. During the other two weeks, as colleges all over the country disgorge their students for Easter vacation, a change comes over the scene. The students swarm to these peaceful shores in droves, twenty thousand strong. They turn night into day, and a small corner of heaven into a sizeable chunk of bedlam. The boys come to soak up the sun, and a few carloads ...
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"and introducing Connie Francis" See more »

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Referenced in Women of the House: Women in Film (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Where the Boys Are
Words by Howard Greenfield
Music by Neil Sedaka
Performed by Connie Francis (uncredited)
Courtesy of Nevins - Kirshner
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Not your typical romp on the beach...
16 August 1999 | by icblue02See all my reviews

This film succeeds in the sense that it isn't a stereotypical beach flick. As a current college student, I can attest that it is rather believable, and, oddly enough, some of it applies to college gals today...nearly 40 years later. Actually, WHERE THE BOYS ARE offers the public a fairly realistic, in-depth portrayal of everyday kids in the 60s, as opposed to other beach movies of the period. Simply put: Frankie and Annette had nothing on these gals!

Contrary to what the title may lead one to believe, the focal point is not terribly superficial. Yeah, sure, the girls head to Lauderdale to nab a Yaley or two, but that becomes somewhat secondary to what actually transpires. Whether it was meant to be or not, this film is one of decisions, learning, and friendships that are strengthened due to the experiences four college girls share during Spring Break in Ft. Lauderdale.

The actors themselves are very believable; none of the main players outdo the others. Hart, Mimeux, Francis, and Prentiss do a wonderful job of conveying many different sides to the characters they portray. The supporting cast is equally skilled and effective in varying roles.

Though this isn't Academy Award winning material, it is definitely worth watching!


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