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Palm Springs Weekend (1963)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 5 November 1963 (USA)
Set in Palm Springs, California during a long, fun-filled weekend where several Los Angeles college students flock to spring break, centering on Jim who finds romance with Bunny, the ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writer:

Earl Hamner Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Troy Donahue ... Jim Munroe
Connie Stevens ... Gayle Lewis / Jane Hoover
Ty Hardin ... Doug 'Stretch' Fortune
Stefanie Powers ... Bunny Dixon
Robert Conrad ... Eric Dean
Andrew Duggan ... Police Chief Dixon
Jack Weston ... Coach Fred Campbell
Carole Cook ... Naomi Yates
Jerry Van Dyke ... Biff Roberts
Zeme North Zeme North ... Amanda North
Bill Mumy ... 'Boom Boom' Yates
Dorothy Green ... Cora Dixon
Robert Gothie Robert Gothie ... Gabby
Owen Orr ... Hap (as Greg Benedict)
Gary Kincaid Gary Kincaid ... Fred
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Storyline

Set in Palm Springs, California during a long, fun-filled weekend where several Los Angeles college students flock to spring break, centering on Jim who finds romance with Bunny, the daughter of Palm Springs harried, stressed, Police Chief. Jim's bumbling roommate, Biff, tries to get Amanda, a tomboyish girl's attention with a so-called love gadget. Meanwhile, Gayle Lewis is a high school senior posing as a wealthy college girl who is pursued by Eric Dean, a wealthy and spoiled college preppie, while Gayle has eyes for a cowboy from Texas, named Stretch. Also, Jim and Biff's basketball coach, Campbell, tries to romance Naomi, the owner of the motel where all of the gang is staying, which is interfered with by Naomi's young, trouble making brat son, who's dubbed "Boom-Boom". Written by matt-282

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Palm Springs really swings! That vacation weekend when all youth busts loose and everything goes! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7 Dias de Festa See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Robert Conrad drops Connie Stevens off at her hotel he says "Aloha" to her before she goes inside. She turns around and gives him a funny look. At the time they were both starring on "Hawaiian Eye" together. Troy Donahue was also on the show. See more »

Goofs

When Connie Stevens-(Gayle Lewis/Jane Hoover) first checks in,and can't afford the room,and turns to walk away,Naomi Yates-(Carole Cook) calls her by her real name Connie. See more »

Quotes

Naomi Yates: Room 204. House rules are on the back of the closet door. But, I've got two special ones. Number one. You come in here with liquor on your breath and I'll throw you out on your rudder. Number two. No cross-pollination with members of the opposite sex.
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Referenced in True Romance (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye, Bye, Blackbird
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Jerry Van Dyke and Ty Hardin
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Nice, escapist fun, very much of its era.
5 September 2000 | by BobLibSee all my reviews

If you're after fun, escapist, Kennedy-era entertainment with a WB vs. AIP budget, sit back and enjoy "Palm Springs Weekend" for what it is: A bunch of kids (most of whom will never see twenty again) invading the popular resort community for the weekend, getting into all sorts of romantic trials and tribulations, with the inevitable happy ending.

Troy Donahue, then at the height of his fame, is the nominal hero of the story, a nice young medical student affectionately called "Dr. Jekyll." He has remarkably little to do, however, and it's the more colorful supporting characters who keep your interest through the film: Jerry Van Dyke as Donahue's wackyzanynutty best friend, Robert Conrad (just pre-"Wild, Wild West") as the particularly slimy heavy of the piece, Ty Hardin as the rodeo cowboy turned football hero (He's got steer horns affixed to the front of his car. You know the type), Connie Stevens as the "good girl" who gets in way over her head when she falls for Conrad, and Jack Weston and Carole Cook providing love among the oldsters as the boys' football coach and a local hotel owner, respectively. For the obligatory musical interlude, we have the Modern Folk Quartet performing in a nightclub sequence. See if you can spot a young Cyrus Faryar among the latter.

Norman Tourog's direction is appropriately easy and breezy, and the screenplay is by the young Earl Hamner, Jr. ("The Waltons"). Check your brain at the door and get in the mood for some early-60's-style fun. You'll be glad you did.


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