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Director:
Writers:
George Wells (screen play)
Glendon Swarthout (novel)
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Release Date:
28 December 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The hilarious inside story of those rip-roaring spring vacations! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
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Cast

  (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 ... Bit 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 ... Bit 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 ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Mary Patton ... Dean Caldwell (uncredited)
Ted Perritt ... Young Man (uncredited)
Maggie Pierce ... Dody (uncredited)
Michael Rougas ... Bit 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 ... Extra (uncredited)
Larry Thor ... Doctor (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ken Wales ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Robert Woods ... Electric Guitar Player (uncredited)
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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
 
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Runtime:
99 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #19704) | West Germany:16 (original rating)
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Paula Prentiss' film debutSee more »
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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 »
Quotes:
Police Captain:[over police radio] Car 19... Student in pajamas directing traffic.
Tuggle Carpenter:[points to TV's radio] What's that?
TV Thompson:Police calls! I like to keep track of my friends.
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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Double Standards Bedevil Coeds in Groundbreaking Spring Break Flick, 8 February 2006
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

Forty-five years have elapsed since its original release, but it is amazing how this 1960 film introduced a particular genre that continues to be produced today granted in a far more explicit manner - the spring-break, beach-party movie where attractive teens go through a sun-drenched mating ritual and somehow love triumphs over carnal knowledge. Back then, the concept didn't seem quite as jaded as it does now, and consequently there is an entertaining naiveté about the timeworn story of four co-eds from a snowy Midwestern college who journey to Ft. Lauderdale for spring break to meet boys.

The plot is based on the then-accepted notion that girls in college are only marking time waiting for husbands to come along, but the journey to that goal depends on the girl. The four in question are Merritt, a smart blonde who is not living up to her academic potential as she questions the moral code around premarital sex; Melanie, so deeply insecure she mistakes sex for love with a less-than-honorable Ivy Leaguer; Tuggle, a tall brunette who zeroes in on an even taller, eccentric hitchhiker; and Angie, the supposedly plain one who gets used to being ignored by men.

Directed in a perfunctory fashion by Henry Levin, this is not the type of movie where you are terribly impressed with the performances, but I have to say the acting is certainly miles above subsequent beach-party movies. Elvis' former leading lady Dolores Hart plays Merritt credibly even as she is being seduced by a youthful George Hamilton wanly playing Ryder, a well-to-do Ivy Leaguer with a conveniently located yacht. As the most troubled of the girls, Yvette Mimieux (always loved her name) accurately captures the constantly forlorn, little-girl-lost state of Melanie, a teen-aged Blanche du Bois in the making.

So pert and charming as Angie, Connie Francis actually seems miscast as a plain-Jane, especially when she sings "Turn on the Sunshine" with a stage polish completely out of character. The standout is Paula Prentiss who portrays Tuggle with her unique personality in full bloom and partnered the first of several times with Jim Hutton as the comically obnoxious TV. She is an under-appreciated comedienne with a loopy charm and vibrantly twangy voice all her own - it's a shame her career never really took off the way it deserved to.

I think the film does make a valid, sometimes even perceptive attempt to address the confusion that Eisenhower-era girls had over sex and love. Girls were expected to function under a double-standard where the only way to attract boys was to have something to offer but at the price of their reputations. This point is hammered home when the tone shifts in the last portion to melodrama. At the same time, the film is filled with predictable comic scenes, including a contrived mêlée in an underwater tank with the zaftig and nasal Barbara Nichols as Esther Williams-wannabe Lola Fandango.

Prentiss offers her services and remembrances to the alternate audio commentary track on the DVD, which also comes with a looking-back featurette which includes interviews with Prentiss and Francis. Who knew this film would launch a hundred imitations? The minute you hear Francis sing the title tune, it is hard for a baby boomer not to get nostalgic. If you have an interest in understanding the mid-century moral code enforced upon the youth of America, especially girls, I can think of worse films to see.

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