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Palm Springs Weekend (1963)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 November 1963 (USA)
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Set in Palm Springs during a long, fun-filled weekend where several Los Angeles college students flock to spring break, centering on Jim who finds romance with Bunny, the daughter of Palm ... See full summary »

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Jim Munroe
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Gayle Lewis / Jane Hoover
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Doug 'Stretch' Fortune
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Bunny Dixon
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Eric Dean
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Police Chief Dixon
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Coach Fred Campbell
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Naomi Yates
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Biff Roberts
Zeme North ...
Amanda North
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'Boom Boom' Yates
Dorothy Green ...
Cora Dixon
Robert Gothie ...
Gabby
Greg Benedict ...
Hap
Gary Kincaid ...
Fred
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Set in Palm Springs during a long, fun-filled weekend where several Los Angeles college students flock to spring break, centering on Jim who finds romance with Bunny, the daughter of Palm Springs harred, stressful police chief. Jim's bumbling roommate, Biff, tries to get Amanda, a tomboyish girl's attention with a so-called love gadget. Meanwhile, Gayle Lewis is a high school senior posing as a wealthy college girl who is pursued by Eric Dean, a wealthy and spoiled college prepie, while Gayle has eyes for a cowboy from Texas, named Stretch. Also Jim and Biff's basketball coach, Campbell, tries to romance Naomi, the owner of the motel where all of the gang is staying at, which is interfered by Naomi's young, trouble-making, brat son who's dubbed, Boom-Boom. Written by Matthew Patay

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IT'S WHERE THE BOYS ARE AND THE GIRLS ARE...that swingin' vacation weekend when American youth descends on America's swankiest playground! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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5 November 1963 (USA)  »

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7 Dias de Festa  »

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During the scene where the motel swimming pool fills up with soap bubbles, a lot of the set crew people and actors became physically sick from the fumes caused by the bubbles popping, forcing the set to be temporarily closed down. See more »

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Eric Dean drives a big cushy Thunderbird with a V-8 engine with automatic. When he's peeling rubber it sounds more like a 4 cylinder Austin Healy. See more »

Quotes

Naomi Yates: The only thing I ever put in my orange juice is gin.
Coach Fred Campbell: Gin?
Naomi Yates: Oh, uh, doctor's orders.
Coach Fred Campbell: You have some kind of a condition?
Naomi Yates: No, no. Me and my doctor just like to get drunk together.
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Song of the Ox-Drivers
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Sung by the Modern Folk Quartet
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Fluffy RomCom From Another Era
2 October 2009 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

The film's story is about what one would expect for a romantic comedy from the early 1960s. California guys chase girls, and vice versa. With an exception or two, the tone is lighthearted, upbeat, frothy, and fluffy.

The script has an ensemble cast. Connie Stevens, Ty Hardin, Stefanie Powers, and Robert Conrad probably fare the best. And Carole Cook, as a perky hotel clerk, is quite good. But Andrew Duggan, Jack Weston, and Jerry Van Dyke all seem out of place here.

Major characters have enough dimension, though just barely, to make them reasonably interesting, especially Gale Lewis (Stevens) and Eric Dean (Conrad). One could argue that the script over-populates the story. Three or four main characters might have worked better. As is, the plot is all over the place as it flits from one character to another.

Comedy is quite juvenile. It is very unsubtle, and veers toward slapstick. As an example, an annoying little boy named Boom-Boom creates havoc when his behavior results in a swimming pool that fills up with soap bubbles.

Music trends decidedly upbeat. I like the Van Dyke/Hardin duo of "Bye Bye Blackbird". But I could have wished for some songs from the early 60s. The Kingston Trio performs a rather uninteresting number. More interesting than the song are the large, unattractive horn-rimmed glasses the lead singer wears.

Don't expect any complex plot or heavy-duty message here. "Palm Springs Weekend" is pure fluff, engineered for entertainment. As such, the film will appeal mostly to older audiences yearning for a bit of early 1960s nostalgia.


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