Follow the Boys (1963 film)

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For the theme song sung by Connie Francis, see Follow the Boys (song). For the 1944 movie starring Marlene Dietrich, see Follow the Boys.
Follow the Boys
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Produced by Lawrence Bachmann
Written by David T. Chantler
David D. Osborne
Starring Paula Prentiss
Connie Francis
Janis Paige
Music by Alexander Courage
Cinematography Edward Scaife
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Running time
95 min.
Country United States
Language English

Follow the Boys (1963) is a comedy film starring Connie Francis, Paula Prentiss, and Janis Paige, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Directed by Richard Thorpe and shot on location on the French and Italian Riviera, Follow the Boys was MGM's second film vehicle for top recording artist Connie Francis following Where the Boys Are (1960).

While Francis' role in the earlier film had been somewhat secondary, she had a distinctly central role in Follow the Boys playing Bonnie Pulaski, a newlywed traveling the Riviera, visiting ports-of-call in hopes of a rendezvous with her sailor husband (Roger Perry), who was summoned to active duty from their honeymoon.

Missing the original point and time of rendezvous in the port of Nice by a few minutes, Bonnie follows the ship to Italy in a somewhat rickety and battered pink 2 CV accompanied by veteran navy wife Janis Paige and two other officers' girlfriends, played by Francis' Where the Boys Are co-star Paula Prentiss and by Dany Robin, who are likewise intent on romantic reunions. Happy endings for each of the ladies are delayed by a series of romantic and comedic misunderstandings.

Paige's husband is played by Ron Randell, with Richard Long and Russ Tamblyn as the respective love interests for Robin and Prentiss.

Follow the Boys was the first instance of Prentiss and her husband Richard Benjamin performing in the same screen production, although Benjamin's part as Aide to the Admiral did not make the final cut.



MGM producer-writer Lawrence Bachman had a vacation home in the south of France. While staying there he met several Navy wives who lived in Villefranche and spent a lot of their time following their husbands from port to port.[1]

The film was shot in the south of France and at London's Elstree Studios.[2][3]


  1. Fleet's In...With Wives On the Dock By Aline Mosby. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) [Washington, D.C] 16 Oct 1962: B5.
  2. The Tea Break Notwithstanding, London Studios Humming Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 12 Aug 1962: A7.
  3. Great Sebastians' Up for Lucy, Bing: Randell, Martin on Own; Foreign-Film Fans Choosy Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 11 May 1962: C11.

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