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Where the Boys Are -- Four college coeds leave Ohio behind for spring break and head to a weekof fun, sun, sand and romance in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a seasideparadise Where the Boys Are.


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George Wells (screen play)
Glendon Swarthout (novel)
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Release Date:
28 December 1960 (USA) See more »
The hilarious inside story of those rip-roaring spring vacations! See more »
Four very different college girls drive to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break and seek out various adventures and romance for themselves. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Beach Movie Rides Along On The Crest Of A Wave See more (45 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Stout Man on Beach
John Brennan ... Dill

Connie Francis ... Angie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carol Byron ... Sybil (uncredited)

John Cliff ... Policeman at Hospital (uncredited)
Amy Douglass ... Dr. Raunch (uncredited)
Dennis Durney ... Young Man (uncredited)
John Durren ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Sean Flynn ... Guy in Blue 'Xavier University' Sweatshirt (uncredited)

Robert Foulk ... Bouncer at the Elbow Room (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Fairview Motel Manager (uncredited)

Jack Kruschen ... Max - Cafe Counterman (uncredited)
Jon Lormer ... Motel Manager (uncredited)
Jerry Madison ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bob Markley ... Young Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Patricia Marlowe ... Nurse (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Wesley - Ryder's Butler (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Garry Murray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mary Patton ... Dean Caldwell (uncredited)
Ted Perritt ... Young Man (uncredited)
Maggie Pierce ... Dody (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Fainting Lady (uncredited)
Michael Rougas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marlo Ryan ... Redhead (uncredited)

Vito Scotti ... Maitre D' of The Tropical Isle (uncredited)
Chris Seitz ... Smiley (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Dean Stewart ... Young Man (uncredited)

Tony Tarantino ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Larry Thor ... Doctor (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ken Wales ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Robert Woods ... Electric Guitar Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Levin 
Writing credits
George Wells (screen play)

Glendon Swarthout (novel "Where The Boys Are")

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer
Original Music by
George Stoll 
Cinematography by
Robert J. Bronner (director of photography) (as Robert Bronner)
Film Editing by
Fredric Steinkamp 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
George W. Davis 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Hugh Hunt 
Costume Design by
Kitty Mager (costumes: women)
Makeup Department
Mary Keats .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... swing gang (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Music Department
Pete Rugolo .... composer: original dialectic jazz
Calvin Jackson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Irving Aaronson .... assistant to producer
Robert Sidney .... choreographer
Crew verified as complete

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99 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Paula Prentiss' film debutSee more »
Miscellaneous: While Merritt is at the controls of Ty's family yacht, only one throttle is forward on what is obviously a twin-engine boat. That would have made for considerable control difficulties trying to run the boat in that way.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...
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Beach Movie Rides Along On The Crest Of A Wave, 30 August 2002
Author: dancingfool from Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex, England

While listening to a Connie Francis CD yesterday, I read the liner notes and found that she had made a few appearances in films. This morning, in one of those all too rare spooky coincidences, I found that Where The Boys Are was on TCM.

I watched with anticipation and smiled from start to finish - except of course when the comedy turned to drama, a transition that was expertly handled by the director.

A fun film in the tradition of Muscle Beach and Muscle Beach Party, with good performances all round and an excellent turn from Frank Gorshin. I shall never be able to listen to jazz in the same way again! It's a shame that Connie Francis did not appear on screen more often, as judging by this, her debut, she could easily have enjoyed as much success as an actress as she did a singer.

Not as camp as the two aforementioned Frankie Avalon classics, though I'm sure "Have You Met Miss Fandango?" had drag queens squealing with delight.

If you are ever in need of cheering up, you could do worse than to watch this.

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