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Come September (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 9 August 1961 (USA)
Younger generation vs. "older" folks on vacation at an Italian villa.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Stanley Shapiro (screenplay), Maurice Richlin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Robert L. Talbot
Gina Lollobrigida ... Lisa Helena Fellini
Sandra Dee ... Sandy Stevens
Bobby Darin ... Tony
Walter Slezak ... Maurice Clavell
Brenda de Banzie ... Margaret Allison (as Brenda De Banzie)
Rossana Rory ... Anna
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Spencer
Joel Grey ... Beagle
Ronnie Haran Ronnie Haran ... Sparrow
Chris Seitz Chris Seitz ... Larry
Cindy Conroy Cindy Conroy ... Julia
Joan Freeman ... Linda
Nancy Anderson Nancy Anderson ... Patricia
Michael Eden Michael Eden ... Ron
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Storyline

Wealthy industrialist Robert Talbot arrives early for his annual vacation at his luxurious Italian villa to find three problems lying in wait for him. Firstly, his long-time girlfriend Lisa Fellini has given up waiting for him to pop the question and has decided to marry another man. Secondly, the major domo of his villa, Maurice Clavell, has turned the estate into a posh hotel to make some easy money while the boss isn't around. And, finally, the current guests of the "hotel" are a group of young American girls trying to fend off a gang of oversexed boys, led by Tony, who are 'laying siege' at the outer walls of the villa. Talbot, to his own surprise, finds himself becoming an overprotective chaperone. Written by Alfred Jingle

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It's the "CHAMPAGNE CROWD" vs the "CAMPUS SET"...with the Romantic Riviera as the Playground!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

9 August 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tuya en septiembre See more »

Filming Locations:

Lago di Albano, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,170,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first movie to be shown on transcontinental and intercontinental flights. (See also By Love Possessed (1961).) Walter Slezak hand-delivered the film to the plane for the inaugural in-flight-movie flight. See more »

Goofs

After Walter Slezak walks behind Rock Hudson into the mansion foyer, he says to Rock Hudson "I'll take your rooms to your bag", after which one can notice the peculiar reaction of Rock Hudson. See more »

Quotes

Lisa Helena Fellini: I don't care what train Mr. Talbot is taking. As long as he takes it. We don't want him here in Italy. I speak for the government. Goodbye.
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Connections

Referenced in Beyond the Sea (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

'Come September' Theme
Words and Music by Bobby Darin
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Casual Sex Farce
7 July 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"Come September", handsome Rock Hudson (as Robert Talbot) goes to his luxurious Italian villa, to hook up with gorgeous part-time lover Gina Lollobrigida (as Lisa Fellini). Suddenly changing plans, Mr. Hudson surprises Ms. Lollobrigida by arriving two months before their annual rendezvous. Looking for more commitment, Lollobrigida has made plans to marry another man; but, she agrees to meet Hudson for one more fling. Their love nest is disrupted by entrepreneurial "major domo" Walter Slezak (as Maurice Clavell).

Since Hudson never appears before September, Mr. Slezak has turned Hudson's villa into a hotel for sightseeing teenage girls. Hudson takes a fatherly interest in them, most notably sunny Sandra Dee (as Sandy Stevens). And, he tries to keep Ms. Dee and her girlfriends away from a group of amorous young men, most notably singer Bobby Darin (as Tony). And, yes, that's Joel Grey (as Beagle) years before his overnight success in "Cabaret" (1972). Eventually young and old have a meeting of the minds.

This was Mr. Darin's first feature film appearance as an actor; despite being slightly miscast, he is good. Darin's single "Multiplication" was an accompanying hit (in the film, Hudson has a cute line about sexual mathematics). In real life, Darin and Dee (already a big movie star) married after an off screen romance. Oddly enough, on screen, the young lovers are no match for Hudson and Lollobrigida. The production is first class, with photographer William Daniels highlighting the beauty of the sets, locations and Lollobrigida.

****** Come September (8/8/61) Robert Mulligan ~ Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Bobby Darin, Sandra Dee


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