Follow the Boys (1963 film)
- 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
|Music by||Alexander Courage|
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.
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.
- Connie Francis as Bonnie Pulaski
- Paula Prentiss as Toni Denham
- Janis Paige as Liz Bradville
- Dany Robin as Michele Perrier
- Russ Tamblyn as Lt(JG) "Smitty" Smith
- Richard Long as Lt(JG) Pete Langley
- Ron Randell as Lt. Cmdr. Ben Bradville
- Roger Perry as Radarman 3rd Class Billy Pulaski
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.
- 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.
- The Tea Break Notwithstanding, London Studios Humming Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 12 Aug 1962: A7.
- 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.
- Follow the Boys at IMDB
- Follow the Boys at TCM Movie Database
- Follow the Boys at NY Times Movie Guide
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