Palm Springs Weekend

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Palm Springs Weekend
Palm Springs Weekend.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by Michael A. Hoey
Written by Earl Hamner Jr.
Starring Troy Donahue
Connie Stevens
Music by Frank Perkins
Cinematography Harold Lipstein
Edited by Folmar Blangsted
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • November 5, 1963 (1963-11-05)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Palm Springs Weekend is a 1963 Warner Bros. bedroom comedy film directed by Norman Taurog.[1] It has elements of the beach party genre (AIP's Beach Party became a smash hit in July, while Warner Bros. was still putting this film together[2]) and has been called “a sort of Westernized version of Where the Boys Are by Billboard Magazine.[3] It stars Troy Donahue, Stefanie Powers, Robert Conrad, Ty Hardin, and Connie Stevens.

Plot[edit]

A group of college students from Los Angeles travel to Palm Springs to spend the Easter weekend there. Student Jim Munroe (Troy Donahue) falls for Bunny Dixon (Stefanie Powers), the daughter of an overprotective police chief (Andrew Duggan). Munroe's room mate Biff Roberts (Jerry Van Dyke) and plain-jane Amanda North (Zeme North) try to seduce each other. Spoiled rich playboy Eric Dean (Robert Conrad) and Hollywood stuntman from Texas Doug Fortune (Ty Hardin) compete for the attentions of a pretty girl (Connie Stevens) from Beverly Hills.

Production notes[edit]

Palm Springs Weekend was filmed on location in the upscale California desert community of Palm Springs[4] and it served to glamorize the resort town as a spring break destination.[5] A book of the same title by Marvin H. Albert was released by Dell Publishing at the same time.[6]

The two resorts seen in the film are the Irwin Schuman-designed Riviera Hotel (now the Riviera Palm Springs) on North Indian Canyon Drive; and the Desert Palms Inn - seen onscreen as "Las Casa Yates" - on Jones Road in Cathedral City. The two hotels served as location for much of the film, both the actual locations and their soundstage replicas.[7] Set design was by George Hopkins.

The car that Eric Dean drives is a silver 1963 Ford Thunderbird, while Doug Fortune's car is shown as a red 1957 Mercury Montclair. When Fortune's car is wrecked, however, he is pulled from a red 1954 Mercury Monterey.[8]

Cora Dixon's dialogue regarding Easter vacation ("I don't know how your father is going to stand all those teenagers - and the income tax deadline - all in the same week") appears to indicate that the film's setting is specifically April 1963, when Easter Sunday fell on April 14, the day before Tax Day.

Music[edit]

Frank Perkins composed the score for the film. Larry Kusik and Paul Evans wrote one song that appears in the finished film, “Live Young.” It is sung over the opening credits by Troy Donahue, an instrumental version is heard during the party scene at Ruth Stewart’s house.

The Modern Folk Quartet appear as themselves in the sequence at Jack's Casino and are shown singing two songs, “The Ox Driver’s Song” and one unidentified song.

Ty Hardin sings an a cappella version of the traditional “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” and sings with Jerry Van Dyke on Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon’s standard, “Bye Bye Blackbird.”

Musical excerpts from the film soundtrack were released as a long-playing vinyl recording in 1964.[9]

Cast[edit]

Syndicated columnist, radio and television talk show host and personality Shirley Eder makes a cameo as herself in the record store scene; Mike Henry plays the parking valet at the Riviera Hotel; Dawn Wells and Linda Gray appear as featured extras in non-speaking roles.

Home video[edit]

The film was released on VHS on September 1, 1998, whereas the DVD version was released in 2009.[10] The DVD is part of the Warner Bros. Romance Classics Collection, which also contains three other films starring Troy Donahue: Parrish (1961), Rome Adventure (1962) and Susan Slade (1961).[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Library of Congress data: LCCN fi67-1299
  2. ^ McParland, Stephen J. (1994). It's Party Time - A Musical Appreciation of the Beach Party Film Genre. USA: PTB Productions. ISBN 0-9601880-2-9. 
  3. ^ Billboard Magazine, Album Reviews, October 26, 1963.
  4. ^ The New York Times review
  5. ^ Gianoulis, Tina (2000). "Spring Break." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Gale. Retrieved January 7, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  6. ^ OCLC 23181101
  7. ^ Whispering Palms - Palm Springs Weekend: Palm Springs wanted nothing to do with "letting loose," thank you. Archive for Palm Springs Life, no date given. palmspringslife.com
  8. ^ The Internet Movie Car Database Entry for Palm Springs Weekend
  9. ^ Palm Springs Weekend: Music from the soundtrack. OCLC 6456877
  10. ^ OCLC 298862518 and 716402273
  11. ^ Internet Movie Database Merchandising links

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