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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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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 »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While most of Elvis' movies were aimed squarely at Presley's teen-aged female fans, this one was clearly intended for family audiences. See more »

Goofs

The kids are seen trying to knock coconuts out of the palm trees and later you see several coconuts lying on the ground. The problem is that the trees are not coconut palms, but sable palms which have no coconuts. See more »

Quotes

Nick: Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five...
Toby Kwimper: You do the multiplication tables too, Nick?
Nick: [Nick rolls his eyes at Toby] Three, two, one.
[Nick's trailer explodes]
Toby Kwimper: Well, I'll be dogone. Your place done blowed up, Nick. It's on fire too.
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Connections

Referenced in Mafioso (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

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by Bill Giant & Anna Shaw
Performed by Elvis Presley (uncredited)
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Florida, Elvis style
22 September 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This is one of Elvis's best films in my opinion. And one where he extended his range a bit. Usually he plays he troubled youths, or confident smart people who are trying to prove themselves. Here's he's an innocent in the world and it's a tribute to his acting skills that he was acquiring that he didn't descend into being Gomer Pyle.

Of course the film is greatly helped by the title tune which in my opinion is one of his best movie songs. Follow That Dream rightly belonged among Elvis's golden hits.

With an innocence here that rivals even Stan Laurel or Harry Langdon, Elvis manages to defeat some pretty sharp characters. The film itself has a charming innocence about it that makes it thorough going fun.


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