6.2/10
577
17 user 5 critic

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)
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Bernardine (1957)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

High school students enter a fictional woman's name (Bernardine Mudd) in a contest. The contestant wins and hilarity ensues.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Pat Boone, Terry Moore, Janet Gaynor
State Fair (1962)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Texan farmers the Frake family head for the Texas State Fair in Dallas. The parents are focused on winning the competitions for livestock and cooking. However, their restless daughter Margy and her brother Wayne meet attractive new love interests.

Director: José Ferrer
Stars: Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, Pamela Tiffin
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Hornblower and the other officers of the Renown must return to Jamaica to face a court-martial and possible execution for their actions in relieving their unstable captain.

Director: Andrew Grieve
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, David Warner
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a young woman with dreams of fame rents a billboard to advertise herself, her life changes overnight.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Peter Lawford
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Jake MacIllaney will do just about anything to win the presidential election of longshoreman union Local 26. When he encounters young upright attorney Dan Cabot and Cabot's attractive wife,... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lederer
Stars: James Cagney, Shirley Jones, Roger Smith
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In World War II, during the Japanese invasion of Burma, the lost remnant of a British Army Brigade HQ, led by the ruthless Captain Alan Langford, escapes through the jungle toward the British lines.

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Stanley Baker, Guy Rolfe, Leo McKern
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Leslie Caron, Anthony Booth, Avis Bunnage
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An ex-pilot and current baseballer is recalled into the U.S. Air Force and assumes an increasingly important role in Cold War deterrence.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Lovejoy
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A murderous thief on the run with stolen loot forces a poor rancher to guide him across the desert into Mexico. Accompanying them is the rancher's wife, who happens to be the killer's former girlfriend.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Ray Milland, Anthony Quinn, Debra Paget
Frieda (1947)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An RAF pilot who was shot down during WWII returns home to his English village with his new bride. The trouble is that she is the German lady who helped him escape. Then her brother arrives.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: David Farrar, Glynis Johns, Mai Zetterling
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The diamond merchant's niece falls for his new footman who is really an impoverished aristocrat.

Director: Herbert Wilcox
Stars: Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Tom Walls
Dark Command (1940)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Kansas, during the Civil War opposing pro-Union and pro-Confederate camps clash and visiting Texan Bob Seton runs afoul of William Cantrell's Raiders.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon
Edit

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)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The automobile Nick restores is a 1942 Ford convertible, the last model to roll off the assembly line before the shutdown of commercial production because of World War II. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Damien: Omen II (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

April Love
(Finale)
Music by Paul Francis Webster; Lyrics by Sammy Fain
Performed by Pat Boone, Shirley Jones and Ensemble
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
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.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed