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Where the Boys Are -- Four coeds know that the only place to be during Spring Break is Where the Boys Are. Experience the rites and wrongs of spring migration of thousands of students in an era-defining film.


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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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User Reviews:
A Shockingly frank look at sexuality for its time See more (43 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)
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #19704) | West Germany:16 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Average and Median Shot Lengths = ~9.6 seconds.See more »
Continuity: When the kids are first introduced to Basil's jazz band, hundreds of kids rush to the bar, with the main characters in the rear. Yet, the main characters somehow manage to find one of the few tables in the bar.See more »
Tuggle Carpenter:Girls like me weren't built to be educated. We were made to have children. That's my ambition: to be a walking, talking baby factory. Legal, of course. And with union labor.See more »
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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A Shockingly frank look at sexuality for its time, 17 February 2000
Author: rlcsljo from Hollywood, ca

My mother sent me to see this film when I was about 9 or 10 expecting a good wholesome beach movie, and I was shocked! (If she only knew!). 1) A girl actually advocated pre-marital sex! (but was hypocritical about practicing her ideas) 2) Another girl actually did it! (although nothing was shown, not even kissing) 3) Another girl said she only wanted to have babies! (nothing new here, except for her honesty) 4) Another girl was horny, and tried to do something about it. 5) And of course the boys actually came out and asked for sex, although couched in the "decent" terms of the fifties/sixties.

People (mostly "liberated" women) complain that this movie was about oppression of women (they didnt feel "complete" without a man), but this was women's liberation (women were horny and honest about it)

The marvelous casting and dialogue made this film one of the great american classics of its genre that still holds up today.

definitely a 10!

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