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Follow That Dream (1962)

A family of ragtag vagabonds sets up a makeshift home on a Florida beach after becoming marooned there, prompting an uptight local bureaucrat to attempt to evict them.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Charles Lederer (screenplay), Richard Powell (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Toby Kwimper
Arthur O'Connell ... Pop Kwimper
Anne Helm ... Holly Jones
Joanna Moore ... Alisha Claypoole
Jack Kruschen ... Carmine
Simon Oakland ... Nick
Roland Winters ... Judge
Alan Hewitt ... H. Arthur King
Howard McNear ... George
Frank DeKova ... Jack (as Frank de Kova)
Herbert Rudley ... Mr. Endicott
Gavin Koon Gavin Koon ... Eddy Bascombe
Robin Koon Robin Koon ... Teddy Bascombe
Robert Carricart ... Blackie
Barry Russo ... Al (as John Duke)
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Storyline

When the Kwimper family car runs out of gas on a new Florida highway and an officous state supervisor tries to run them off, Pop Kwimper digs in his heels and decides to do a little homesteading. He and his son Toby and their "adopted" children - Holly, Ariadne and the twins - start their own little community along a strip of the roadside. The fishing is good and the living is easy until the mob sets up a gambling operation and the state supervisor sics a sexy social worker on the Kwimpers in an effort to take away Ariadne and the twins. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Elvis hits the road to laughter and hits a new high in romance! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Here Come the Kwimpers See more »

Filming Locations:

Crystal River, Florida, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mirisch Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Singer/songwriter Tom Petty claims that he first became obsessed with rock and roll after meeting Elvis Presley and watching him act and sing during the making of this movie. Petty's uncle was a crew member working on the film. See more »

Goofs

When Pop Quimper is supposedly playing the guitar while Toby is singing, in more than one place, his hands move when there is no sound and when there is, they are back where they were originally, making it obvious that he is not really playing. See more »

Quotes

Nick: What happened?
Toby Kwimper: They were showing me how I shouldn't get hurt. I wish they would wake up so I could apologize. I don't think they can hear me now.
Nick: No, I don't think so either.
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Connections

Featured in Elvis in the Movies (1990) See more »

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I'm Not the Marrying Kind
by Sherman Edwards & Mack David
Performed by Elvis Presley (uncredited)
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An outstanding comic performance by Elvis
14 April 2006 | by Stephen MorseSee all my reviews

"Moonspinner" (previous reviewer) must have had his/her head in a spin. First of all, I'm an Elvis fan, so I'm biased; and I acknowledge that about 10 of his 31 films were pretty poor. But for people to imply that Follow That Dream was one of them is ridiculous.

Elvis' performance in this film is not simply good - it's outstanding. He plays an "idiot savant" type of role, and plays it to perfection. His speaking voice, his body language, his timing : they're all spot on for this characterisation.

The fact that the film lasts for 1 Hr 45 min proves that some integrity went into its making, in order to get the whole story across; and make no mistake, it's a good story with a number of good episodes. OK, we're all so sophisticated and know-it-all these days, and can say the story is unbelievable, but it is set the best part of 50 years ago.

Again, contrary to some other comments, the location filming is beautifully done and in the few instances where they have done back-projections, it is not at all obvious.

It's easy to pick fault with any film, if you set your mind on it, but my only criticisms of Follow That Dream are (i) that Joanna Moore's diction is very poor and difficult to follow and (ii) that the recording studio echo on the song Follow That Dream does not fit the simplicity of the scene where it's sung - yet it still has a charm to it.

Elvis's performance in this film deserved/deserves some wider recognition. There's no question that he was a competent actor. Contrast his role here, as Toby Kwimper, against the dramatic role as Pacer Burton in the superb Flaming Star, only a year earlier, and you can only express admiration.

One final word of praise for Anne Helm, who plays her part as Holly to perfection.


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