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Director:
Writers:
Sloan Wilson (novel)
Delmer Daves (written by)
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Release Date:
18 November 1959 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
One of the first and best teen love stories ever!!!!! See more (66 total) »

Cast

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Richard Egan ... Ken Jorgenson

Dorothy McGuire ... Sylvia Hunter

Sandra Dee ... Molly Jorgenson

Arthur Kennedy ... Bart Hunter

Troy Donahue ... Johnny Hunter
Constance Ford ... Helen Jorgenson

Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Emily Hamilton Hamble
Jack Richardson ... Claude Andrews
Martin Eric ... Todd Harper, Handyman at Pine Island Inn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eleanor Audley ... Waiting Guest at Molly's College (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Dr. Matthias (uncredited)

Phil Chambers ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Joe Connors ... Driver (uncredited)
Peter Constanti ... Captain of Yacht (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Mrs. Talbert (uncredited)
Gertrude Flynn ... Helen's Mother (uncredited)

Bonnie Franklin ... Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Dean (uncredited)
Robert Griffin ... Engelhardt (uncredited)
Howard Hoffman ... Justice of the Peace Alvin Frost (uncredited)
Cheryl Holdridge ... Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Lolita ... Singer in German version (uncredited)
Rankin Mansfield ... Attorney (uncredited)
Fred Marlow ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Lewis Martin ... Doctor (uncredited)
Junius Matthews ... Mr. Hamble (uncredited)
Nancy Matthews ... Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Dale J. Nicholson ... Minister (uncredited)
Susan Odin ... Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Donald G. Sheely ... Attendant (uncredited)
Roberta Shore ... Anne Talbert (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Ken's Attorney (uncredited)
George Taylor ... Bart's Attorney (uncredited)
Helen Wallace ... Wife of Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Operator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Delmer Daves 
 
Writing credits
Sloan Wilson (novel)

Delmer Daves (written by)

Produced by
Delmer Daves .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. 
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
 
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Al Greenway .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helen Lierly .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Edith Palmer .... body makeup (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director
Gil Kissel .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Archie Neel .... assistant props (uncredited)
Red Turner .... prop master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Everett A. Hughes .... boom operator (uncredited)
William Lambert .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ben Sad .... cable (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Lila Finn .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bennett .... best boy (uncredited)
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Charles Harris .... grip (uncredited)
Horace Jones .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Stradling Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norma Brown .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Gordon Murray .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Ted Schultz .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Fern Vollner .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Harry Zubrinsky .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bert Stein .... dialogue supervisor
Ted Ashton .... publicist (uncredited)
Joe Barry .... locations (uncredited)
E.J. Carroll .... location auditor (uncredited)
George Leslie .... timekeeper (uncredited)
Alton McDermott .... first aid (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
130 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) (cut version) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (cut) | USA:Approved (certificate #19324) | West Germany:12 (f) (cut version) | West Germany:18 (f) (original version) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie set on an island off Maine, was actually filmed in California near Carmel. The filming caused quite a stir with Troy Donohue at the height of his fame was mobbed and the little town was overrun with young star struck girls.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Johnny (Troy Donahue) kisses Molly (Sandra Dee) in the garden with his arms wrapped around hers and hers encircling his lower chest. A close-up shows her arms wrapped around his neck.See more »
Quotes:
Helen Jorgenson:Très jolie, as the French would say. Très, très jolie!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Serial Mom (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal MarchSee more »

FAQ

Where is the house used for the Pine Island Inn located?
How does the movie end?
Was Ken and Sylvia's house really designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?
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42 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
One of the first and best teen love stories ever!!!!!, 26 September 2000
Author: verna55 from cincinnati, ohio

This is one of the first films to deal with young love, and is by all means one of the best! The story centers primarily on Molly and Johnny, two teenagers who are deeply, madly, and wildly in love, but their parents just won't have it. It seems their parents are willing to do just about everything to keep them apart. Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue are both magnificent as the star-crossed lovers. All right, so Troy seems a little stilted at times, but Sandra is perfection as the beautiful young girl who constantly finds herself at odds with her eagerness to do the right thing, and fulfilling her love for Donahue. Dee hits all the right marks as the emotionally troubled girl, delivering what is possibly her all-time best performance. It was certainly a breakthrough for the gifted young star who proved that she could do more than play smiling, giggling, relentlessly perky teens. It's a magnificent achievement, and anyone who has ever doubted Sandra's acting abilities are in for a big surprise when they see her in this film. Other acting honors go to Richard Egan and Constance Ford as Dee's unhappy parents, and the always marvellous Dorothy McGuire as Egan's old flame. That's not to say that the actors don't stumble at times with some supremely silly dialogue, but their star power and great talent rides rather smoothly over the film's bumpy spots, making this film an enjoyable classic of the teenage-angst genre. It's also one of the most stylishly done films in the genre. The great director Delmer Daves gives the film his full attention, and it's a sleek, colorful production that ranks right up there with other films with similarly-related themes like REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS for example. It all may seem rather dated, but truthfully, this film is just as enjoyable now as it was when it was first released in 1959, and that title theme is still hauntingly beautiful and memorable.

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