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April Love (1957)

A young man visiting his relatives' farm in Kentucky falls in love with their neighbor.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Winston Miller (screenplay), George Agnew Chamberlain (based on a novel by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Pat Boone ... Nick Conover
Shirley Jones ... Liz Templeton
Dolores Michaels ... Fran Templeton
Arthur O'Connell ... Jed Bruce
Matt Crowley Matt Crowley ... Dan Templeton
Jeanette Nolan ... Henrietta Bruce
Bradford Jackson Bradford Jackson ... Al Turner (as Brad Jackson)
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Storyline

Chicagoan Nick Conover received a suspended sentence for being caught joyriding in a stolen car, with his driver's license suspended indefinitely. Nicky's problems are seen as running around with the wrong crowd. Nicky's sentence is predicated on him living at the run down Kentucky horse farm of his Aunt Henrietta and Uncle Jed Bruce, who he hasn't seen since he was a child. The judge figured this more wholesome environment would get Nicky away from his bad influences. Henrietta wants to be a part of Nicky's salvation, but Jed doesn't trust the fact of a delinquent being under his roof, although he has other more personal reasons not having to do with Nicky for his initially antagonistic relationship with his nephew. Nicky doesn't rebel against farm life, but ends up gravitating toward anything mechanical, especially the sports car owned by sophisticated Fran Templeton - the elder daughter of Dan Templeton, who owns the luxurious neighboring horse farm - and by association Fran ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor de abril See more »

Filming Locations:

Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the fair, the carousel plays the movie theme; exactly as a carousel also played the theme of Shirley Jones' preceding staring film "Carousel" in that movie. See more »

Goofs

When Nick is testing his hot rod car around the horse corral the car starts out as a Mercury then, after the horse jumps the fence, it switches to a Ford. See more »


Soundtracks

Do It Yourself
Music by Paul Francis Webster; Lyrics by Sammy Fain
Performed by Pat Boone, Shirley Jones, Dolores Michaels and Bradford Jackson (as Brad Jackson)
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It's for the very young
12 November 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It was hard to avoid hearing April Love during 1957, it was number one on the charts for a bit. With every minute that Pat Boone sang this song on the radio it was just free advertising for the film that this was the title song for.

Pat plays a kid from Chicago who's been sent out to his uncle and aunt's farm while he sits out a bit of juvenile joy riding in a stolen car for which he's gotten probation and a suspended license. After a bit of trouble he proves useful around the farm and makes the acquaintance of neighbor sisters Dolores Michaels and Shirley Jones. They both kind of like Pat, but it's Jones he makes the music with.

Besides April Love Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster wrote a bunch of other songs for Pat and Shirley to sing. Nothing anywhere near as memorable as the title song. It got the only Oscar recognition for April Love, a nomination for Best Original Song. It however lost to All The Way in 1957.

What Pat also does is take up harness racing the way Lon McCallister did in Home In Indiana for which April Love is a remake. A sore subject in the house as O'Connell and Nolan lost their own son and this was his thing.

April Love holds up well after 60 years. As I write this it's one of the few films of the era where both leading man and woman are still with us. Doubt it will be remade though, you don't get singers like Pat Boone and Shirley Jones any more.


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