Follow That Dream (1962)

110 mins | Comedy | 11 April 1962

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writer:

Charles Lederer

Producer:

David Weisbart

Cinematographer:

Leo Tover

Production Designer:

Malcolm C. Bert

Production Company:

The Mirisch Company, Inc.
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HISTORY

The 6 Feb 1961 DV stated that pre-production was underway at Goldwyn Studios in West Hollywood, CA. The picture was listed by its working title, Pioneer, Go Home, based on Richard Powell’s 1959 novel of the same name. The production marked Elvis Presley’s first picture for the Mirisch Company. On 9 Mar 1961, DV announced that the search was underway for a leading lady, similar to Caroly Lynley or Sandra Dee, neither of whom were available at the time. Although singer Nancy Sinatra was mentioned in the 12 Jun 1961 DV as a possible candidate, the role ultimately went to Anne Helm. Chill Wills was being considered for the father character, prior to the casting of Arthur O’Connell. The 12 Jul 1961 DV included Gavin and Robin Koon among the cast.
       On 23 Mar 1961, DV reported that producer David Weisbart was scouting locations in and around the Northern California cities of Stockton and Sacramento. Accompanied by director Gordon Douglas, Weisbart later embarked on a scouting expedition to Florida, as reported in the 15 May 1961 DV. On 3 Jul 1961, DV announced that principal photography was scheduled to begin 11 Jul 1961 in Crystal River, FL. Weisbart was already on location for pre-production. The 22 Jun 1961 DV listed two new titles under consideration: It’s a Beautiful Life and What a Wonderful Life. Although the 5 Jul 1961 DV reported the latter as the official title, the producers later reverted to Pioneer, ...

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The 6 Feb 1961 DV stated that pre-production was underway at Goldwyn Studios in West Hollywood, CA. The picture was listed by its working title, Pioneer, Go Home, based on Richard Powell’s 1959 novel of the same name. The production marked Elvis Presley’s first picture for the Mirisch Company. On 9 Mar 1961, DV announced that the search was underway for a leading lady, similar to Caroly Lynley or Sandra Dee, neither of whom were available at the time. Although singer Nancy Sinatra was mentioned in the 12 Jun 1961 DV as a possible candidate, the role ultimately went to Anne Helm. Chill Wills was being considered for the father character, prior to the casting of Arthur O’Connell. The 12 Jul 1961 DV included Gavin and Robin Koon among the cast.
       On 23 Mar 1961, DV reported that producer David Weisbart was scouting locations in and around the Northern California cities of Stockton and Sacramento. Accompanied by director Gordon Douglas, Weisbart later embarked on a scouting expedition to Florida, as reported in the 15 May 1961 DV. On 3 Jul 1961, DV announced that principal photography was scheduled to begin 11 Jul 1961 in Crystal River, FL. Weisbart was already on location for pre-production. The 22 Jun 1961 DV listed two new titles under consideration: It’s a Beautiful Life and What a Wonderful Life. Although the 5 Jul 1961 DV reported the latter as the official title, the producers later reverted to Pioneer, Go Home, as stated in the 1 Sep 1961 DV. The decision was prompted by the original title’s “great penetration and public acceptance.” The picture was also known as Here Come the Kwimpers, until 8 Nov 1961, when Var announced the official title as Follow That Dream. On 5 Dec 1961, DV noted that Weisbart delayed major surgery to attend a preview screening of the completed film.
       According to the 23 Mar 1962 DV, 400 prints were to be released in the southern U.S. for the Easter weekend, with a general release scheduled to begin Memorial Day weekend. Follow That Dream opened 18 Apr 1962 at twenty theaters in Los Angeles, CA, as reported in the 14 Apr 1962 LAT. Openings in New York City followed on 8 Aug 1962. Reviews were mixed.
       More than a year later, the 3 Nov 1963 NYT stated that a thirty-minute version of Pioneer, Go Home was being produced for television, starring Tom Ewell.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Feb 1961
p. 18
Daily Variety
9 Mar 1961
p. 2
Daily Variety
23 Mar 1961
p. 2
Daily Variety
15 May 1961
p. 2
Daily Variety
1 Jun 1961
p. 9
Daily Variety
12 Jun 1961
p. 2
Daily Variety
22 Jun 1961
p. 1
Daily Variety
3 Jul 1961
p. 4
Daily Variety
5 Jul 1961
p. 2
Daily Variety
12 Jul 1961
p. 13
Daily Variety
17 Jul 1961
p. 11
Daily Variety
1 Sep 1961
p. 3
Daily Variety
5 Dec 1961
p. 2
Daily Variety
23 Mar 1962
p. 2
Daily Variety
31 Jul 1962
p. 3
Los Angeles Times
14 Apr 1962
Section B, p. 6
Los Angeles Times
29 Apr 1962
Section C, p. 12
New York Times
8 Aug 1962
p. 29
New York Times
9 Aug 1962
p. 17
New York Times
3 Nov 1963
Section X, p. 15
Variety
8 Nov 1961
p. 4
Variety
28 Mar 1962
p. 6
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
MUSIC
Hans J. Salter
Mus
SOUND
Buddy Myers
Sd
Music ed
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Herbert E. Mendelson
Prod mgr
Tech adv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Pioneer, Go Home! by Richard Powell (New York, 1959).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Follow That Dream," words and music by Fred Wise and Ben Weisman; "What a Wonderful Life," words and music by Sid Wayne and Jerry Livingston; "I'm Not the Marrying Kind," words and music by Mack David and Sherman Edwards; "Sound Advice," words and music by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye; "Angel," words and music by Sid Tepper. Songs sung by Elvis Presley.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Here Come the Kwimpers
It's a Beautiful Life
Pioneer, Go Home
What a Wonderful Life
Release Date:
11 April 1962
Premiere Information:
Ocala, Florida, opening: 11 Apr 1962; Los Angeles opening: 18 Apr 1962; New York opening: 8 Aug 1962
Production Date:
began 11 Jul 1961
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Mirisch Co.
11 April 1961
LP21897
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
110
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Old Pop Kwimper is a vagabond who lives on his relief checks, his son Toby's Army disability pension, and the government allowance he receives for sheltering four homeless orphans, one of whom, 19-year-old Holly, has long loved the girl-shy Toby. One day, while driving his brood through Florida, Pop runs out of gasoline, and the Kwimpers are forced to spend the night on a strip of beach just off a new highway. When Toby discovers the nearby waters are filled with giant tarpon, the family decides to homestead on the land and build a fishing dock. Their little enterprise flourishes, and since the beach is outside municipal jurisdiction, the area is soon filled with other homesteaders, including two rowdy gamblers, Nick and Carmine, whose trailer conceals a floating crap game. When the gamblers become a source of annoyance, the other settlers elect Toby sheriff of the community, and he succeeds, albeit accidentally, in driving them off. Further trouble looms when Alicia Claypoole, a state welfare worker, tries to have Pop declared unfit to care for the children. But, spurning legal counsel, the Kwimpers present their own defense and so impress the judge that he throws the case out of court. And all ends happily when Holly is at last able to convince Toby that he really does love ...

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Old Pop Kwimper is a vagabond who lives on his relief checks, his son Toby's Army disability pension, and the government allowance he receives for sheltering four homeless orphans, one of whom, 19-year-old Holly, has long loved the girl-shy Toby. One day, while driving his brood through Florida, Pop runs out of gasoline, and the Kwimpers are forced to spend the night on a strip of beach just off a new highway. When Toby discovers the nearby waters are filled with giant tarpon, the family decides to homestead on the land and build a fishing dock. Their little enterprise flourishes, and since the beach is outside municipal jurisdiction, the area is soon filled with other homesteaders, including two rowdy gamblers, Nick and Carmine, whose trailer conceals a floating crap game. When the gamblers become a source of annoyance, the other settlers elect Toby sheriff of the community, and he succeeds, albeit accidentally, in driving them off. Further trouble looms when Alicia Claypoole, a state welfare worker, tries to have Pop declared unfit to care for the children. But, spurning legal counsel, the Kwimpers present their own defense and so impress the judge that he throws the case out of court. And all ends happily when Holly is at last able to convince Toby that he really does love her.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

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

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