The sequel to Summer of '42 (1971) reunites Hermie, Oscy and Benjie as they graduate from high school. Benjie departs shortly to war while Hermie and Oscy go on to college and experience fraternity hazings, cheating on exams, sex scandals and other unsavory college activities. Hermie grows apart from his childhood friend Oscy and begins a relationship with Julie that allows him to settle down into maturity. Written by
They've come a long way since that summer of '42
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Unlike its prequel Summer of '42, Class of '44 is more of a fictional work. There are several fictional elements in this film. One of them was that this film was supposed to be based on the boys facing army service in the Korean War. But it was changed to World War 2. See more
In the scene at the beach, roughly 15 minutes into the film, the boys are listening to a baseball game on the radio. The game is between the Brooklyn Dodgers (now L.A) and the New York Giants (now San Francisco). The announcer indicates that the score in Giants 5 and Dodgers 1 with Ace Adams pitching in the bottom of the 9th inning. The play-by-play goes on with the game ending with Giants 5 over the Dodgers with 4. When checking baseball statistics with all games between the two teams from 1941 to 1946 with Ace Adams pitching, there's no game that ends with this score. It's very likely that recordings of baseball games were not archived during this period, except for very important games and World Series games. The recording is very likely a recreation using names of players who were on these teams in 1944, but not an actual broadcast. See more
To Benjie, who's just sat down: For you?
Looking at Hermie's plate: I'll have what he's having. What're you having, Hermie?
Follows Summer of '42
Bye Bye Blackbird
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Performed by The Smart Set
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