Bernardine (film)

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Directed by Henry Levin
Produced by Samuel G. Engel
Written by Mary Chase
Theodore Reeves
Starring Pat Boone
Terry Moore
Dick Sargent
Music by Lionel Newman
Johnny Mercer
Cinematography Paul Vogel
Edited by David Bretherton
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • July 24, 1957 (1957-07-24)
Running time
95 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.23 million[1]
Box office $3.75 million (US rentals) [2]

Bernardine is a 1957 film directed by Henry Levin and starring Pat Boone, Terry Moore, Dean Jagger, Dick Sargent, and (in her last film, after a 19-year absence) Janet Gaynor. The 1952 play upon which the movie is based was written by Mary Coyle Chase, the Denver playwright who also wrote the smash hit Broadway play Harvey. The title song, with words and music by Johnny Mercer, became a hit record for Boone.


At Wingate High School, Vernon Kinswood, Arthur "Beau" Beaumont and Sanford "Fofo Bidnut" Wilson race cars and boats, hang out at an afterschool place called the "Shamrock Club," and love a mythical dream girl named Bernardine from Sneaky Falls, Illinois.

Sanford declares he intends to take a date to see bongo king Jack Costanzo perform at the Black Cat Club. The boys call the information operator once again and ask for the fictional Bernardine's phone number. A young operator, Jean, answers the phone and so Sanford goes to the telephone office to ask her for a date. Jean accepts.

Sanford's romance is threatened when his mother threatens to get married.



Buddy Adler of 20th Century Fox bought the film rights in 1955 as a vehicle for Robert Wagner.[3] However the film was reworked as a vehicle for Pat Boone. In 1956 Boone was one of the biggest music artists in the US. Several movie studios pursued him and Adler was successful, signing him to a multi-picture contract with Fox. Bernadine was to be the fist movie.[4]

Boone tested for the roles of both Beaumont and Sanford. He was eventually cast as Beaumont - the role played on stage by John Kerr.[5][6] Dick Sergeant received his first important screen role as Sanford.[7] (Ed Byrnes reportedly also tested for the role.[8]) Janet Gaynor was lured out of retirement to costar as Sanford's mother.

Filming started 4 February 1957.[9]


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  1. ^ Solomon, p251
  2. ^ Solomon, p227
  3. ^ Looking at Hollywood: Bob Cumming's Wife Buys Story; Two Studios Want It Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 14 Sep 1955: b6.
  4. ^ Bidding Is Hot as Pat Boone Signs Multi-Movie Contract Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 16 Nov 1956: a4.
  5. ^ Mary Chase's Latest Comedy a Real Delight Chapman, John. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 18 Oct 1952: a3.
  6. ^ 'Ski Lift' Potential for Melchior, Barker; 'Actor' Named for Trio Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 24 Dec 1956: B7
  7. ^ 'Twilight for Gods' Big Picture Purchase; Gia Scala to Lure Taylor Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 Feb 1957: C9.
  8. ^ MOVIELAND EVENTS: Film Will Show New Route to Everest Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 29 Jan 1957: 20.
  9. ^ Dean Jagger Romances Gaynor; Deal to Join Fairbanks and Dragon Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 24 Jan 1957: C9

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