April Love (1957)

98-99 mins | Drama | November 1957

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HISTORY

George Agnew Chamberlain's novel first appeared as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post 18 Oct--8 Nov 1941. According to production notes contained in the AMPAS Library file on the film, exteriors were filmed on location in Lexington, KY, and the Crown Crest Farm outside Lexington served as the Templeton Ranch in the film. The notes add that the chorus in the county fair sequence was comprised of the citizens of Lexington. The normally green fields were dyed yellow to coincide with the "Clover in the Meadow" song lyrics "sky of blue, field of yeller..."
       An Aug 1957 DV news item stated that Pat Boone initially refused to do the the kissing scenes between him and Shirley Jones because his religion forbade him physical contact with any woman other than his wife. Boone eventually relented, however. A Jul 1957 HR news item notes that Boone's brother Nick was to play a small role. His appearance in the released film has not been confirmed, however. The song "April Love" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. Chamberlain's novel was previously filmed by Fox in 1941 as Home in Indiana , starring Walter Brennan, Charlotte Greenwood and Ward Bond and directed by Henry Weinberger (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50 ... More Less

George Agnew Chamberlain's novel first appeared as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post 18 Oct--8 Nov 1941. According to production notes contained in the AMPAS Library file on the film, exteriors were filmed on location in Lexington, KY, and the Crown Crest Farm outside Lexington served as the Templeton Ranch in the film. The notes add that the chorus in the county fair sequence was comprised of the citizens of Lexington. The normally green fields were dyed yellow to coincide with the "Clover in the Meadow" song lyrics "sky of blue, field of yeller..."
       An Aug 1957 DV news item stated that Pat Boone initially refused to do the the kissing scenes between him and Shirley Jones because his religion forbade him physical contact with any woman other than his wife. Boone eventually relented, however. A Jul 1957 HR news item notes that Boone's brother Nick was to play a small role. His appearance in the released film has not been confirmed, however. The song "April Love" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. Chamberlain's novel was previously filmed by Fox in 1941 as Home in Indiana , starring Walter Brennan, Charlotte Greenwood and Ward Bond and directed by Henry Weinberger (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50 ). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
23 Nov 1957.
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Daily Variety
19 Aug 1957.
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Daily Variety
15 Nov 57
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Nov 57
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 57
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 57
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jul 57
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Aug 57
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Sep 57
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 57
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Nov 57
p. 617.
New York Times
27 Nov 57
p. 25.
New York Times
28 Nov 57
p. 57.
Variety
20 Nov 57
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Exec ward des
Cost des by
MUSIC
Mus adpt
Vocal supv
Orch
Mus numbers staged by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hair styles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col consultant
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Phantom Filly by George Agnew Chamberlain (New York, 1941).
SONGS
"April Love," "Do It Yourself," "The Bentonville Fair," "Clover in the Meadow" and "Give Me a Gentle Girl," words and music by Paul Francis Weber and Sammy Fain.
DETAILS
Release Date:
November 1957
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 27 November 1957
Production Date:
mid June--early August 1957
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 November 1957
Copyright Number:
LP10059
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Lenses/Prints
lenses by Bausch & Lomb
Duration(in mins):
98-99
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Nick Conover, a callous Chicago youth, arrives in Kentucky horse country to stay with his uncle Jed and aunt, Henrietta Bruce, at their horse ranch. Nick is on probation for stealing a car, and consequently, his mother has sent him to her sister Henrietta in hopes of shielding him from the evil influences of the city. Nick, sullen and resentful, clashes with the gruff Jed, who has grown distant and irritable ever since the death of his beloved son Jed Junior in the Korean War. Soon after, Liz Templeton, the tomboyish daughter of a neighboring rancher, invites Nick to her family's ranch. In contrast to the austere Bruce ranch, the Templeton ranch is teeming with beautiful race horses gamboling on well-manicured pastures. Liz explains that after his son's death, Jed retreated from life and sold all his horses except the high-spirited Tugfire, Jed Junior's favorite. At the ranch, Nick meets Fran, Liz's glamorous sister, when she drives up in her sports car with her boyfriend, Al Turner. Nick, an avid mechanic, admires Fran's car and she offers him a ride, but is soon stopped for speeding by Joe, the local constable. That evening, Nick sneaks into his uncle's garage and fixes the broken-down tractor. After presenting Jed with the now-running machine, Nick asks for permission to work on the old jalopy. Liz, who has developed a crush on Nick, invites him to join her at the dance, but soon realizes that he is infatuated with her sister. After repairing the jalopy, Nick races it around the farm, spooking Tugfire, who jumps the fence of his corral and gallops off. When the ... +


Nick Conover, a callous Chicago youth, arrives in Kentucky horse country to stay with his uncle Jed and aunt, Henrietta Bruce, at their horse ranch. Nick is on probation for stealing a car, and consequently, his mother has sent him to her sister Henrietta in hopes of shielding him from the evil influences of the city. Nick, sullen and resentful, clashes with the gruff Jed, who has grown distant and irritable ever since the death of his beloved son Jed Junior in the Korean War. Soon after, Liz Templeton, the tomboyish daughter of a neighboring rancher, invites Nick to her family's ranch. In contrast to the austere Bruce ranch, the Templeton ranch is teeming with beautiful race horses gamboling on well-manicured pastures. Liz explains that after his son's death, Jed retreated from life and sold all his horses except the high-spirited Tugfire, Jed Junior's favorite. At the ranch, Nick meets Fran, Liz's glamorous sister, when she drives up in her sports car with her boyfriend, Al Turner. Nick, an avid mechanic, admires Fran's car and she offers him a ride, but is soon stopped for speeding by Joe, the local constable. That evening, Nick sneaks into his uncle's garage and fixes the broken-down tractor. After presenting Jed with the now-running machine, Nick asks for permission to work on the old jalopy. Liz, who has developed a crush on Nick, invites him to join her at the dance, but soon realizes that he is infatuated with her sister. After repairing the jalopy, Nick races it around the farm, spooking Tugfire, who jumps the fence of his corral and gallops off. When the horse falls and becomes entangled in the underbrush, Nick frees the animal and they become friends. Nick then leads Tugfire home, and Jed, astounded by Nick's newfound rapport with the horse, decides to train the boy to drive a sulky. As Nick masters the handling of the trotter, Jed renews his interest in racing and life. One day, Liz invites Nick to join Fran and Al for a barbecue at the Templeton ranch. When Nick drives up in his jalopy, Fran challenges him to a race that ends when she crashes her car through a fence. Feeling guilty, Nick confesses to Liz that he had his driver's license suspended for stealing a car. Back at the Bruce ranch, Nick, stung by his uncle's harsh criticisms about his horse-racing abilities, becomes angered and forgets to put Tugfire back in his paddock. As a result, the horse is stranded in a rainstorm and falls critically ill. Although Nick blames himself, Jed forgives the boy for his mistake. Liz consoles the devastated Nick, who has become devoted to the horse. The two fall asleep during an all-night vigil at Tugfire's sickbed, and when Tugfire stands up and nuzzles Nick the next morning, Liz kisses Nick in delight. The day of the big race at the Bentonville fair arrives, and Jed, once again excited about racing, accompanies Tugfire and Nick. At the fair, Nick invites Liz to join him for a ride on the ferris wheel and they kiss. As Nick readies for the race, Joe appears with orders to send Nick back to Chicago for violating the court prohibition against driving, but Dan Templeton, Liz's father, convinces Joe to wait until after the race for Jed's sake. When Nick is knocked from his sulky during a qualifying heat, Jed decides that he is not ready to enter the finals, but Nick begs for the chance to prove his ability. After Jed relents, Nick proudly guides Tugfire to victory as Jed, tears of joy streaming down his face, cheers. When Joe delivers the bad news that Nick must return to Chicago because Fran's accident report stated that he was driving a car, Liz claims that the report was mistaken and that she was driving. After Fran, Al and Henrietta all support her story, Nick tells the truth, but Joe accepts Liz's version and drops all charges. The group then drives home, singing. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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