A Swingin' Summer
|A Swingin' Summer|
|Directed by||Robert Sparr|
|Produced by||Kenneth Raphael|
|Screenplay by||Leigh Chapman|
Robert Sparr (uncredited)
|Story by||Reno Carell|
|Music by||Harry Betts|
|Edited by||James T. Heckert|
National Talent Consultants
|Distributed by||United Screen Arts|
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.
A trio of college kids – all friends of each other – attempt to insure summer jobs for themselves by becoming concert promoters at a lakeside dance pavilion that is in danger of closing. A local lifeguard, Turk (Martin West), jealous of both Rick (William Wellman, Jr.) and Mickey (James Stacy), tries to ruin their plan and at the same time tries to steal Rick’s girl, Cindy (Quinn O’Hara) – 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 (Raquel Welch), 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.
|William Wellman Jr.||Rick|
The film features special appearances by The Rip Chords, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Donnie Brooks and The Righteous Brothers. Others include Gypsy Boots, Diane Bond, Allan Jones, Lili Kardell as Sandra, Robert Blair as Tony, Buck Holland as Lou, and Lori Williams as one of the Swingin' Summer Girls.
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 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.
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.
- Collins, Glenn (1982-05-30). "A Swingin' Summer - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
- A Swingin' Summer (1965) - Filming locations
- Tetley, Rhea-Frances Lake Arrowhead Chronicles The History Press, 18 Nov 2014
- Gypsy Boots -- quirky health fanatic who reached the masses