Follow the Boys (1963)

95 mins | Romantic comedy | 20 February 1963

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HISTORY

The 13 Mar 1962 DV announced Follow the Boys as Connie Francis’s next
starring vehicle for Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Inc. (MGM). The 17 Mar 1962 LAT
referred to the film as I’ll Follow the Boys. A news brief in the 11 Apr 1962
Var stated that production would take place in London, England. The 14 Apr
1962 LAT reported singer Bobby Vee as Francis’s co-star. His role was later
assumed by Roger Perry. An item in the 11 May 1962 edition listed Tom Tully as a
cast member, although his participation could not be determined. According to the 9 Apr
1962 DV, director Richard Thorpe planned to arrive 12 May 1962 in southern
France, where production was scheduled to begin the following month.
       Meanwhile, the 11 April 1962 Var reported that producer Sam Katzman intended
to change the title of his current project, Cyprus Gardens, to Follow the Boys,
pending approval from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). On 4 May
1962, DV announced The Sea Gulls as the new title of Thorpe’s MGM film.
Two weeks later, the 18 May 1962 DV mentioned the picture by its original title.
The 28 May 1962 DV noted that Richard Thorpe was scouting locations in Nice,
France. Producer Lawrence P. Bachmann was also in France, making preparations in the
Nearby city of Cannes, according to the 6 Jun 1962 Var.
       A news item in the 31 May 1962 DV stated that cast member Janis Paige was
required to complete her role in The ... More Less

The 13 Mar 1962 DV announced Follow the Boys as Connie Francis’s next
starring vehicle for Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Inc. (MGM). The 17 Mar 1962 LAT
referred to the film as I’ll Follow the Boys. A news brief in the 11 Apr 1962
Var stated that production would take place in London, England. The 14 Apr
1962 LAT reported singer Bobby Vee as Francis’s co-star. His role was later
assumed by Roger Perry. An item in the 11 May 1962 edition listed Tom Tully as a
cast member, although his participation could not be determined. According to the 9 Apr
1962 DV, director Richard Thorpe planned to arrive 12 May 1962 in southern
France, where production was scheduled to begin the following month.
       Meanwhile, the 11 April 1962 Var reported that producer Sam Katzman intended
to change the title of his current project, Cyprus Gardens, to Follow the Boys,
pending approval from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). On 4 May
1962, DV announced The Sea Gulls as the new title of Thorpe’s MGM film.
Two weeks later, the 18 May 1962 DV mentioned the picture by its original title.
The 28 May 1962 DV noted that Richard Thorpe was scouting locations in Nice,
France. Producer Lawrence P. Bachmann was also in France, making preparations in the
Nearby city of Cannes, according to the 6 Jun 1962 Var.
       A news item in the 31 May 1962 DV stated that cast member Janis Paige was
required to complete her role in The Caretakers (1963, see entry) within the next
four weeks to ensure her arrival in Nice on 28 Jun 1962. Producer-director Hall Bartlett
rearranged his shooting schedule to accommodate the actress. Also appearing in
Follow the Boys was Eric Pohlmann, as noted in the 21 Jun 1962 DV.
       Principal photography began 9 Jul 1962, according to the 20 Jul 1962 DV. An
article in the 12 Aug 1962 LAT revealed that Elstree Studios in London served as
home office for the production. Filming was completed by 30 Aug 1962, as reported in
the next day’s DV. Editing and musical scoring were scheduled for the Elstree
facility.
       The 13 Feb 1963 Var reported that Connie Francis was embarking the following
week on a personal appearance tour to promote both the film and the soundtrack album.
Stops included Boston, MA, Detroit, MI, Philadelphia, PA, and New York City.
       Follow the Boys debuted 20 Feb 1963 in Boston, Washington, D.C., Cleveland,
OH, Indianapolis, IN, Buffalo, NY, San Francisco, CA, Minneapolis, MN, and
Toronto, Canada, as reported in the 27 Feb 1963 Var . Openings followed on 27 Feb
1963 in New York City, and on 13 Mar 1963 in Los Angeles, CA. Reviews were
generally negative, with the 21 Feb 1963 DV bemoaning the “intolerantly deliberate
tempo” and “discouragingly flat, inept script.” The 6 Mar 1963 Var listed the film
as the eleventh highest-earning current release.
       Songwriter Dramato Palumbo is not included in music copyright listings for his contributions. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Mar 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
9 Apr 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
4 May 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
18 May 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
28 May 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
31 May 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
21 Jun 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
20 Jul 1962
p. 6.
Daily Variety
31 Aug 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
21 Feb 1963
p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
17 Mar 1962
Section B, p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
14 Apr 1962
Section B, p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
11 May 1962
Section C, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
12 Aug 1962
Section A, p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
13 Mar 1963
Section C, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
14 Mar 1963
Section C, p. 9.
New York Times
28 Feb 1963
p. 8.
Variety
11 Apr 1962
p. 4, 19.
Variety
6 Jun 1962
p. 11.
Variety
13 Feb 1963
p. 53.
Variety
27 Feb 1963
pp. 8-10.
Variety
6 Mar 1963
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus score
Songs arr & cond
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Italian Lullabye," words and music by Connie Francis
"Follow the Boys," "Waiting for Billy," "Tonight's My Night," "Sleepyland" and "Intrigue," words and music by Benny Davis, Ted Murry and Dramato Palumbo, sung by Connie Francis.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
I'll Follow the Boys
The Sea Gulls
Release Date:
20 February 1963
Premiere Information:
Boston opening: 20 February 1963
New York opening: 27 February 1963
Los Angeles opening: 13 March 1963
Production Date:
9 July--late August 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Franmet Productions
Copyright Date:
5 February 1963
Copyright Number:
LP24162
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Metrocolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
95
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Four young women pool their resources to buy a dilapidated French car and follow their husbands and boyfriends aboard the U.S.S. Independence from Cannes to its next port of call on the Italian Riviera. Bonnie Pulaski, a bride of only 2 hours, cannot bear to be separated from her radarman husband, Billy. Liz hopes to persuade her husband, Comdr. Ben Bradville, to take a land-based job so that they can raise a family. Wealthy Toni Denham and a French girl named Michele are both seeking Lieut. Peter Langley: Toni wants him to marry her and form a business partnership with her father, while Michele, it is revealed, is a bill collector seeking payment on a sheaf of unpaid bills. Things do not go well when the fleet followers arrive in Italy. Billy, restricted to ship, is furious with Bonnie for refusing to stay home; Ben has been given another seagoing command; and Peter rejects Toni and romances Michele. The romantic entanglements are straightened out at a grape-crushing festival when Toni falls in love with Lieutenant Smith and relinquishes Peter to Michele. All ends happily as Billy and Bonnie meet and are reconciled, and Ben decides to give up the sea to become a land-based ... +


Four young women pool their resources to buy a dilapidated French car and follow their husbands and boyfriends aboard the U.S.S. Independence from Cannes to its next port of call on the Italian Riviera. Bonnie Pulaski, a bride of only 2 hours, cannot bear to be separated from her radarman husband, Billy. Liz hopes to persuade her husband, Comdr. Ben Bradville, to take a land-based job so that they can raise a family. Wealthy Toni Denham and a French girl named Michele are both seeking Lieut. Peter Langley: Toni wants him to marry her and form a business partnership with her father, while Michele, it is revealed, is a bill collector seeking payment on a sheaf of unpaid bills. Things do not go well when the fleet followers arrive in Italy. Billy, restricted to ship, is furious with Bonnie for refusing to stay home; Ben has been given another seagoing command; and Peter rejects Toni and romances Michele. The romantic entanglements are straightened out at a grape-crushing festival when Toni falls in love with Lieutenant Smith and relinquishes Peter to Michele. All ends happily as Billy and Bonnie meet and are reconciled, and Ben decides to give up the sea to become a land-based husband. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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