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|Palm Springs Weekend|
|Directed by||Norman Taurog|
|Produced by||Michael A. Hoey|
|Written by||Earl Hamner Jr.|
|Music by||Frank Perkins|
|Editing by||Folmar Blangsted|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||November 5, 1963|
|Running time||100 minutes|
Palm Springs Weekend is a 1963 Warner Bros. bedroom comedy film directed by Norman Taurog. It has elements of the beach party genre (AIP's Beach Party became a smash hit in July, while Warner Bros. was still putting this film together) and has been called “a sort of Westernized version of Where the Boys Are by Billboard Magazine. It stars Troy Donahue, Stefanie Powers, Robert Conrad, Ty Hardin, and Connie Stevens.
The film focuses on a group of students from Los Angeles who travel to Palm Springs to spend the Easter weekend there. Student Jim Munroe (Troy Donahue) falls in love with Bunny Dixon (Stefanie Powers), the daughter of an overprotective police chief (Andrew Duggan). Munroe's room mate Biff Roberts (Jerry Van Dyke) and plain-jane Amanda North (Zeme North) try to seduce each other. Spoiled rich playboy Eric Dean (Robert Conrad) and Doug Fortune (Ty Hardin), a Hollywood stuntman from Texas, compete for the attentions of a pretty girl (Connie Stevens) from Beverly Hills.
Frank Perkins composed the score for the film. Larry Kusik and Paul Evans wrote one song that appears in the finished film, “Live Young.” It is sung over the opening credits by Troy Donahue, and an instrumental version is heard during the party scene at Ruth Stewart’s house.
The Modern Folk Quartet appear as themselves in the sequence at Jack's Casino and are shown singing two songs, “The Ox Driver’s Song” and one unidentified song.
Musical excerpts from the film soundtrack were released as a long-playing vinyl recording in 1964.
- Troy Donahue as Jim Munroe
- Connie Stevens as Gail Lewis/Jane Hoover
- Ty Hardin as Doug 'Stretch' Fortune
- Stefanie Powers as Bunny Dixon
- Robert Conrad as Eric Dean
- Andrew Duggan as Police Chief Dixon
- Jack Weston as Coach Fred Campbell
- Carole Cook as Naomi Yates
- Jerry Van Dyke as Biff Roberts
- Zeme North as Amanda North
- Bill Mumy as 'Boom Boom' Yates
- Dorothy Green as Cora Dixon
- Robert Gothie as Gabby
- Greg Benedict as Hap
- Gary Kinkaid as Fred
- Mark Dempsey as Mike
- Jim Shane as Dave
- Tina Cole as Ruth Stewart
The film was released on VHS on September 1, 1998, whereas the DVD version was released in 2009. The DVD is part of the Warner Bros. Romance Classics Collection, which also contains three other films starring Troy Donahue: Parrish (1961), Rome Adventure (1962) and Susan Slade (1961).
- Library of Congress data: LCCN fi67-1299
- McParland, Stephen J. (1994). It's Party Time - A Musical Appreciation of the Beach Party Film Genre. USA: PTB Productions. ISBN 0-9601880-2-9 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
- Billboard Magazine, Album Reviews, October 26, 1963.
- The New York Times review
- Gianoulis, Tina (2000). "Spring Break." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Gale. Retrieved January 7, 2013 from HighBeam Research
- Palm Springs Weekend: Music from the soundtrack. OCLC 6456877
- OCLC 298862518 and 716402273
- Internet Movie Database Merchandising links