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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:
A New Love Born, An Old Love Rekindled See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
According to his 1963 memoir "Wanderer", Sterling Hayden reluctantly accepted a co-starring role in the picture for $40,000 (approximately $314,000 in 2012 dollars) when his ex-wife Betty Ann de Noon prevented him from sailing to Scandinavia in his sloop the Wanderer with their four children. Hayden took the part because he was broke due to legal bills related to his three divorces from De Noon and their prolonged child custody battle and because of his cavalier disregard for money. A seasoned sailor, he planned to use the sea voyage, which he planned to film as a documentary, as a vehicle to leave Hollywood behind. He never made the picture and appeared in only one TV show before making Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) four years later, following through on his plan to ditch Hollywood.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Johnny and Molly meet outside church during Christmas break, except for patches of (fake) snow, all foliage and grass is green.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Beyond the Sea (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal MarchSee more »

FAQ

Where is the house used for the Pine Island Inn located?
Was Ken and Sylvia's house really designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?
What do Helen and Bart say to each other in French?
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A New Love Born, An Old Love Rekindled, 9 October 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of the great young love romances ever done on the screen, A Summer Place is the story of two romances, one born and the other rekindled.

Richard Egan and Constance Ford with their daughter Sandra Dee are returning to Pine Island, Maine where years ago before Egan became wealthy as a research chemist he was employed as a lifeguard and where he romanced one of the town beauties. Pine Island is like Kennebunkport, the private reserve of the Bush family. This is the private reserve of several old Yankee families who if they can't trace their ancestors on the Mayflower at least they go back to Puritans who might have found New England more hospitable than Restoration Great Britain.

Egan's rented out several rooms from thinning blue blood Arthur Kennedy and his wife Dorothy McGuire. It was McGuire who Egan loved and lost those many years ago.

Neither Egan and McGuire have found much happiness in their second choice for spouses. Constance Ford, a truly uptight and frigid woman from Buffalo has not kanoodled with Egan for years. You know he's good and ready. As for McGuire's marriage, Kennedy has all the airs of a patrician, but not the money any more. Did he lose it because of his alcohol problem, or is he drinking because the family fortune has gone? It's your choice.

So Egan and McGuire discover each other and Sandra Dee discovers Kennedy and McGuire's son, Troy Donahue. Because of her mother, Dee's led a sheltered life and I'm betting the isolation of Pine Isle with its very few inhabitants hasn't improved Donahue's social skills either. The two kids are sadly a textbook case for sex education.

Feeling betrayed by their parents, all of them when you come right down to it, the young people feel they have only each other. The passion multiplies exponentially.

Right up there with the human cast members in making A Summer Place a big commercial hit for Warner Brothers is Max Steiner's theme, played when Dee and Donahue are together. It's popularity on the radio and jukeboxes sold many a ticket to this film.

Egan and McGuire are also appealing in their way to discover their passions are still the same. The odd spouses out are also turning in fine performances. Arthur Kennedy who was never bad in any film he ever did is both arrogant and yet pitiable as the sad sack alcoholic. The villain of A Summer Place is really Ford, she's made life hell for Egan and Dee. Yet you wonder throughout the film what must have she been like back in the day for Egan to fall for her in the first place and what changed her.

It's Eisenhower era America and the story is dated somewhat, but not all that much. I can see A Summer Place being a candidate for a remake, who would you cast in a remake among today's players?

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