|Directed by||Robert Mulligan|
|Produced by||Robert Arthur
|Written by||Stanley Shapiro
|Music by||Hans J. Salter|
|Cinematography||William H. Daniels|
|Editing by||Russell F. Schoengarth|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release dates||August 9, 1961|
|Running time||112 min|
|Box office||$6,500,000 (US/ Canada)|
Robert L. Talbot (Rock Hudson), an American millionaire, arrives early for his annual vacation at his luxurious Italian villa. His long-time girlfriend Lisa (Gina Lollobrigida) has given up waiting for him to "pop the question," and has decided to marry another man.
Talbot's sneaky major domo Maurice (Walter Slezak) secretly misappropriates the villa as a hotel while Talbot is away. The current guests of the "hotel" are a group of young American girls, including Sandy (Sandra Dee), trying to fend off a gang of oversexed boys, led by Tony (Bobby Darin).
Lisa ends up running back to Robert through the train station in her wedding dress. She borrows a bambino to get past the gate guard by claiming Robert's the father. We last see them arriving back at Robert's villa, which Maurice has once more turned into a hotel, this time with very different guests.
- Rock Hudson as Robert L. Talbot
- Gina Lollobrigida as Lisa Helena Fellini
- Sandra Dee as Sandy Stevens
- Bobby Darin as Tony
- Walter Slezak as Maurice Clavell
- Brenda De Banzie as Margaret Allison
- Rosanna Rory as Anna
- Ronald Howard as Spencer
- Joel Grey as Beagle
- Ronnie Haran as Sparrow
- Chris Seitz as Larry
- Cindy Conroy as Julia
- Joan Freeman as Linda
- Nancy Anderson as Patricia
- Michael Eden as Ron
- Claudia Brack as Carol
Screenwriters Stanley Shapiro and Maurice Richlin started working on the script in late 1959. While the film was in pre-production, Shapiro said in an interview: "I write all day at my office from 8:30 until 6:00, then have dinner and go home and spend two or three hours fixing, polishing or rewriting the day's output."
In early 1960, it was announced Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida were set to star. Before Lollobrigida's participation was confirmed, Marilyn Monroe was rumored to be cast. Along with the cast revelations, it was immediately announced production was not set to start until later, because Hudson was still working on the film The Last Sunset (1961) and Lollobrigida had commitments to Go Naked in the World (1961) and Lady L (1965). Ironically, filming was slated to begin in September 1960. In June 1960, Robert Mulligan signed on to the film's direction.
A month later, singer Bobby Darin was announced to make his film debut in Come September. He met Dee for the first time on location, fell in love and eventually married her.
Initially, Lollobrigida was reluctant because she was not enthusiastic about returning to Italy, where the film was shot. In an interview, she mentioned accepting the role because it allowed her to work with Hudson. Furthermore, she explained: "It's a comedy that can only be made in Italy."
Bobby Darin sings Multiplication and composed the Come September theme.
- "All-Time Top Grossers", Variety, 6 January 1965 p 39. Please note this figure is rentals accruing to distributors not total gross.
- Winnipeg Free Press - December 9, 1959, Winnipeg, Manitoba. p.52: Laughter is No Accident
- Anderson Daily Bulletin - January 21, 1960, Anderson, Indiana. p.23: Hudson-Lollobrigida To Be Teamed In New Film Comedy
- Anderson Daily Bulletin - June 9, 1960, Anderson, Indiana. p.34: Robert Mulligan Is Signed To Direct Two More Films
- Anderson Daily Bulletin - October 23, 1960, Anderson, Indiana. p.33: Lollobrigida Goes Home, All Forgiven