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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:
Delinquent parents and delinquent children...make a sudsy melodrama... 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)

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Trivia:
Initial considerations for the role of Helen Jorgenson included Teresa Wright and Olivia de Havilland.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ken and Sylvia meet for the first time at the boathouse, Ken is wearing a red shirt (in plain view even in the moonlight) when he closes the back doors. But when the camera cuts to him getting close to Sylvia, he is wearing a blue shirt.See more »
Quotes:
Helen Jorgenson:Get that disinfectant bag and clean this bathroom. Don't forget the toilet seat.
Molly Jorgenson:I'm... I'm sure everything's clean, mother.
Helen Jorgenson:You can never be too sure.
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Soundtrack:
Bridal MarchSee more »

FAQ

Is 'A Summer Place' based on a book?
What do Helen and Bart say to each other in French?
Was Ken and Sylvia's house really designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Delinquent parents and delinquent children...make a sudsy melodrama..., 26 August 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Despite being almost overwhelmingly melodramatic when treating the subject of sex in the context of its time, A SUMMER PLACE manages to rise above the soap suds when dealing with mismatched parents and a rekindled love affair (DOROTHY McGUIRE and RICHARD EGAN) that almost destroys everyone's happiness.

It's all very lush looking in magnificent color, a Pine Island resort in Maine photographed principally in Northern California along the Monterey coast. Whenever emotions soar, whether quiet emotions or full throttled ones, Max Steiner's music is there ready to lend a helping hand.

As the teen-aged lovers, SANDRA DEE and TROY DONAHUE are just as photogenic as the landscapes they're photographed against, especially when the color cameras turn their close inspection on the two bronzed, blue-eyed stars. While not quite as photogenic, DOROTHY McGUIRE and RICHARD EGAN are quietly having a love affair of their own which must be kept hidden from their respective spouses until a showdown that leads to a rather satisfying conclusion.

The handsome production values and earnest performances are matched well against Max Steiner's famous score. His "The Theme from A Summer Place" is as gorgeous and popular as ever with soundtrack fans.

A SUMMER PLACE can take its place alongside other handsomely produced soapers of the '50s. CONSTANCE FORD and ARTHUR KENNEDY do very well in strong supporting roles and it's all a bit more substantial than it sounds on paper.

Easy to see why Max Steiner's "Theme from A Summer Place" hit the top of the music charts for a long, long time in the summer of '59.

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