A Swingin' Summer

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A Swingin' Summer
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert Sparr
Screenplay byLeigh Chapman
Robert Sparr (uncredited)
Story byReno Carell
Produced byKenneth Raphael
Larry Goldblatt
Reno Carell
StarringRaquel Welch
James Stacy
Lori Williams
CinematographyRay Fernstrom
Edited byJames T. Heckert
Music byHarry Betts
National Talent Consultants
Distributed byUnited Screen Arts
Release date
  • 1965 (1965)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

A Swingin' Summer is a 1965 comedy film in the beach party genre. It was directed and co-written by Robert Sparr. Raquel Welch stars in her first featured film role and makes her singing debut in the film.[1]


A trio of college kids – all friends of each other – attempt to ensure summer jobs for themselves by becoming concert promoters at a lakeside dance pavilion that is in danger of closing.

A local lifeguard, Turk, jealous of both Rick and Mickey, tries to ruin their plan and at the same time tries to steal Rick’s girl, Cindy – who has secretly arranged for her rich dad to finance the pavilion. Rick flips when he finds out about Cindy’s dad, and Turk tries to sabotage the dance hall with some hired goons – who, after failing, bully Turk into ripping the place off. In the meantime, bookworm Jeri, takes off her glasses, lets down her hair and causes some new problems.

In spite of all the drama, the kids actually succeed in securing an impressive roster of brand-name talent to the pavilion.


Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Raquel Welch Jeri
James Stacy Mickey
William Wellman Jr. Rick
Quinn O'Hara Cindy
Martin West Turk
Mary Mitchel Shirley

Supporting cast[edit]

The film features special appearances by Allan Jones as Mr. Johnson, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, The Rip Chords, Donnie Brooks and The Righteous Brothers. Others include Gypsy Boots, Lili Kardell as Sandra, Robert Blair as Tony, Buck Holland as Lou, and Lori Williams as one of the Swingin' Summer Girls.


A Swingin' Summer marketed internationally on the appeal of Raquel Welch

The soundtrack featured songs performed by Raquel Welch, The Rip Chords, Jody Miller, Gary & the Playboys, The Righteous Brothers, Donnie Brooks and Carol Connors. The soundtrack album was issued on Hanna Barbera Records.[2]

Production notes[edit]

Although she received sixth billing in the U.S. release, Welch received top billing – with her name above the title – on posters for the Italian release, which was renamed The Warm Night.

The film was shot on location at Lake Arrowhead, California in the summer of 1964 and released in the summer of 1965.[3][4]

The bearded man who is seen from behind and mistaken for a woman in a one-piece topless bathing suit is Gypsy Boots (real name: Robert Bootzin), the American fitness pioneer who is credited with laying the foundation for the acceptance by mainstream America of "alternative" lifestyles such as yoga and health food.[5]

Taglines for the film read: They're Lovin', Laughin' and Livin' it up and for kicks playing "Chicken on Water Skis!" and Spread Out the Beach Towels...Grab Your Gals...it's gonna be A Swingin' Summer!

The film was the first release of Dale Robertson's film releasing company United Screen Arts.

Linda Evans was originally cast in the role of Cindy.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Collins, Glenn (2012). "A Swingin' Summer - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
  2. ^ "Various - A Swingin' Summer: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Discogs.com. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  3. ^ "A Swingin' Summer (1965)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  4. ^ Tetley, Rhea-Frances Lake Arrowhead Chronicles The History Press, 18 Nov 2014
  5. ^ Woo, Elaine (12 August 2004). "Gypsy Boots -- quirky health fanatic who reached the masses". Sfgate.com. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  6. ^ Tom Lisanti (2015). Drive-in Dream Girls: A Galaxy of B-Movie Starlets of the Sixties. McFarland. p. 132. ISBN 978-0786493425.

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