Where the Boys Are

  • Euterpe / MGM, 1960, Color, 99 minutes, ***
  • Released December, 1960

The original fun-in-the-sun romp, as four young gals head to pleasurable Fort Lauderdale during Easter vacation for tans, music and boys. Connie Francis, Paula Prentiss, Yvette Mimieux, Dolores Hart, Jim Hutton and George Hamilton star.


  • Produced by: Joe Pasternak
  • Directed by: Henry Levin
  • Assistant Director: Al Jennings
  • Screenplay by: George Wells
    Based on the Novel by Glendon Swarthout
  • Music: George Stoll
  • Original Dialectic Jazz by: Pete Rugolo
  • Songs: “Where the Boys Are,” “Turn on the Sunshine” Words by Howard Greenfield, Music by Neil Sedaka (Courtesy Nevins-Kirshner); “Have You Met Miss Fandango?” Words by Stella Unger, Music by Victor Young
  • Choreographer: Robert Sidney
  • Art Directors: George W. Davis and Preston Ames
  • Set Decorations: Henry Grace, Hugh Hunt
  • Women’s Costumes: Kitty Mager
  • Hair Styles by: Mary Keats
  • Make-Up by: William Tuttle
  • Recording Supervisor: Franklin Milton
  • Director of Photography: Robert Bronner
  • Special Effects: Lee LeBlanc
  • In CinemaScope and Metrocolor
  • Color Consultant: Charles K. Hagedon
  • Film Editor: Fredric Steinkamp


  • The Girls: Dolores Hart [Merritt Andrews]
  • Yvette Mimieux [Melanie]
  • Barbara Nichols [Lola]
  • Paula Prentiss [Tuggle Carpenter]
  • Connie Francis (film debut) [Angie]
  • The Boys: Rory Harrity [Franklin]
  • John Brennan [Dill], Ted Berger [Stout Man]
  • George Hamilton [Ryder Smith]
  • Frank Gorshin [Basil]
  • Jim Hutton [TV Thompson]
  • Additional Cast: Chill Wills [Police Captain], Vito Scotti [Maitre d’]

Musical Program

  • [0:00] Where the Boys Are (sung by Connie Francis behind titles)
  • [0:35] Limbo-Rak-Dance (several short excerpts performed by Students at the beach)
  • [0:39] Easy to Love (instrumental arrangement played by orchestra at night club)
  • [0:46] The Nuclear Love Song (played by the Basil Dommett Komos Quintet)
  • [0:47] A Meeting Between Shakespeare and Satchel Paige on Hampstead Heath (played by the Basil Dommett Komos Quintet)
  • [0:59] Turn on the Sunshine (sung by Connie Francis with the Basil Dommett Komos Quintet)
  • [1:04] Jazz concert on the beach (played by the Basil Dommett Komos Quintet)
  • [1:17] Have You Met Miss Fandango (sung by Barbara Nichols)
  • [1:19] Don’t Litter the Streets of Philadelphia (played by the Basil Dommett Komos Quintet)
  • [1:37] Where the Boys Are (reprised by Connie Francis at end of film)