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Where the Boys Are
     

Where the Boys Are

5.0 2
Director: Henry Levin, Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux

Cast: Henry Levin, Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux

 
Yvette Mimeux, Paula Prentiss, Connie Francis, and Dolores Hart star in this frothy teen romance-drama as attractive co-eds who take off from Midwest colleges on the annual spring break to land in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida -- where the boys are. There are plenty of parties, booze, and sex to keep minds off calculus for awhile. Merritt Andrews (Hart) and Ryder Smith

Overview

Yvette Mimeux, Paula Prentiss, Connie Francis, and Dolores Hart star in this frothy teen romance-drama as attractive co-eds who take off from Midwest colleges on the annual spring break to land in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida -- where the boys are. There are plenty of parties, booze, and sex to keep minds off calculus for awhile. Merritt Andrews (Hart) and Ryder Smith (George Hamilton) manage to get together, Tuggle Carpenter (Paula Prentiss) manages to let her comedic talents shine, Angie (Connie Francis) sings the hit title song, but Melanie (Yvette Mimeux) becomes a casualty of too many good times. She will recover, and all the leads will go on to good, even great careers in some cases. Dolores Hart was the only featured player here to leave Hollywood behind -- she became a Benedictine nun in 1963.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
More than four decades after it was released, it's easy to smile and wonder if college students ever really behaved as they did in the original Where the Boys Are, in which what's supposed to be a week-long bender of collegiate decadence in Florida looks like a fairly innocuous beer bust by contemporary standards. But the movie still gets by on its charm and the thankfully light touch of much of the cast. Dolores Hart has the good sense not to overplay her hand as the relative glamour girl of the South-bound foursome, and George Hamilton's wealthy dreamboat carries just the right balance of sincerity and tongue-in-cheek self-parody. If Paula Prentiss and Jim Hutton lay it on a bit thicker, they certainly play well off of one another, and went on to become a solid comic team in several subsequent pictures. If someone had to have a tragic event, at least Yvette Mimieux gives her character the proper degree of dignified gravity, and while Connie Francis can't really act, she seems to know enough to stay out of the way when she's not singing. (And has the screen ever beheld a dialectic jazz musician quite like Frank Gorshin? I believe not.) Director Henry Levin keeps the proceedings fun and frothy most of the time, and while the more serious turn in the final reel seems forced, the film was certainly ahead of its time in pondering the notion of sexual freedom for both male and female college students (even though, for the most part, our heroines ponder this as principle rather than reality). Hardly a masterpiece, Where the Boys Are still stacks up as pleasant entertainment that doesn't insult the intelligence, and time has been much kinder to this film than its misbegotten 1984 remake.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2011
UPC:
0883316350911
Original Release:
1960
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
3,466

Special Features

Commentary by Paula Prentiss; Connie Francis and Paula Prentiss in Where The Boys Are: A Retrospective ; Premiere: Newsreel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dolores Hart Merrit Andrews
George Hamilton Ryder Smith
Yvette Mimieux Melanie Coleman
Jim Hutton TV Thompson
Barbara Nichols Lola
Paula Prentiss Tuggle Carpenter
Connie Francis Angie
Chill Wills Police Captain
Frank Gorshin Basil
Rory Harrity Franklin
John Brennan Dill
Vito Scotti Maitre D'
Sean Flynn Actor
Percy Helton Motel Operator
Jack Kruschen Counter Man

Technical Credits
Henry Levin Director
Preston Ames Art Director
Robert J. Bronner Cinematographer
George W. Davis Art Director
Howard Greenfield Songwriter
Kitty Mager Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Pasternak Producer
Pete Rugolo Score Composer
Neil Sedaka Songwriter
Robert Sidney Choreography
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
George Stoll Score Composer
Glendon Swarthout Screenwriter
Stella Unger Songwriter
George Wells Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Where the Boys Are
1. Credits [2:59]
2. Getting Impersonal [4:38]
3. Overly Concerned [2:40]
4. TV Tantalizes Tuggle [4:38]
5. Address to the Troops [3:52]
6. Beach and bar crowds [4:37]
7. Not Talking About Sex [3:20]
8. Fast Food [2:55]
9. Good Girls [3:16]
10. Waking Up to More Tone [3:11]
11. Where is he? [3:08]
12. Ryder's classification [5:57]
13. Basil's Dialectic Jazz [3:52]
14. The Early Ones [5:40]
15. I Know What I'm Doing [4:17]
16. Turn on the Sunshine [2:28]
17. Instant Romance [2:41]
18. Two-day Warning [2:16]
19. Dressy Dates [2:15]
20. Party People [2:58]
21. The Swim of Things [4:16]
22. Have You Met Miss Fandango? [2:55]
23. Getting Acquainted [3:46]
24. Wrong Partners [3:46]
25. Mel's Accident [4:11]
26. My Wonderful Vacation [2:19]
27. Knowing They're In Love [4:34]
28. Cast List [1:31]

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