For Those Who Think Young (film)

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For Those Who Think Young
For Those Who Think Young FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Produced by Hugh Benson
Written by James O'Hanlon
George O'Hanlon
Dan Beaumont
Story by Dan Beaumont
Starring James Darren
Pamela Tiffin
Paul Lynde
Tina Louise
Bob Denver
Nancy Sinatra
Robert Middleton
Woody Woodbury
Music by Jerry Fielding
Cinematography Harold E. Stine
Edited by Frank P. Keller
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • June 1964 (1964-06)
Running time
96 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,600,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

For Those Who Think Young is a 1964 beach party film shot in Techniscope, directed by Leslie H. Martinson and featuring James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Paul Lynde, Tina Louise, Bob Denver, Nancy Sinatra, Robert Middleton, Ellen Burstyn (billed as Ellen McRae), Claudia Martin and Woody Woodbury.


Rich kid and party animal Gardner Pruitt III (James Darren), known as “Ding” to his friends, is on the prowl for a new conquest in the form of teenager Sandy Palmer (Pamela Tiffin). In the meantime, Ding’s influential grandfather, B.S. Cronin (Robert Middleton) wants to curtail the romance and shut down a popular local college teen hangout.

Sandy’s guardians Sid Hoyt (Paul Lynde) and Woody Woodbury (playing himself) get mixed up in the proceedings, with Woody becoming the college kid’s hero at the hangout. That sends up a red flag to the college administration, which sends in Dr. Pauline Swenson to investigate allegations of underage drinking.

When the clever kids discover that ex-gangster Grandpa Cronin used to be a bootlegger, they blackmail him into keeping the club open.


James Darren ... Gardner 'Ding' Pruitt III
Pamela Tiffin ... Sandy Palmer
Paul Lynde... Uncle Sid Hoyt
Tina Louise ... Topaz McQueen
Bob Denver ... Kelp
Nancy Sinatra ... Karen Cross
Robert Middleton ... Burford B. Sanford 'Nifty' Cronin
Claudia Martin ... Sue Lewis
Ellen Burstyn ... Dr. Pauline Swenson (billed as Ellen McRae)
Woody Woodbury ... Uncle Woody Woodbury
Louis Quinn ... Gus Kestler
Sammee Tong ... Clyde
Jimmy Griffin ... Singer
George Raft ... Detective Lieutenant
Roger Smith ... Smitty the Detective
Addison Richards ... Dean Watkins
Paul 'Mousie' Garner ... Mousie
Benny Baker ... Lou
Anna Lee ... Laura Pruitt
Jack La Rue ... Cronin's Business Associate
Allen Jenkins ... Col. Leslie Jenkins
Robert Armstrong ... Norman Armstrong


The film was made by Frank Sinatra's Essex Productions with director Leslie H. Martinson chosen for his fast-paced work on Warner Bros. Television as the film's production was just 18 days. All the beach scenes were shot at Mailbu Beach in one day.[2] It featured the film debuts of Nancy Sinatra and Claudia Martin (daughter of Dean Martin) as well as a leading role for nightclub comedian Woody Woodbury, then the host of television's Who Do You Trust?.

Ellen Burstyn, who plays the part of Dr. Pauline Swenson, is listed in the credits as Ellen McRae, and famous surfer Mickey Dora is a college boy extra.

The white semi-convertible that James Darren's character drives is a radically styled stock $18,000 1963 Buick Riviera, designed by Burbank customizer George Barris originally to be his personal car.[3]

The film was notable for extensive product placement for Pepsi Cola and several other companies, the title of the film being a Pepsi marketing slogan of the time.[4]


Jerry Fielding, later famous for his television themes, composed the score for the film.

Mack David and Jerry Livingston wrote "For Those Who Think Love," sung by James Darren over the opening credits.

Bob Denver sings "Ho Daddy, Surf's Up" and "Ho Daddy, Surf's Up (Reprise)."

Jimmy Griffin (later founder member of the 1970s band Bread), performs the song "I'm Gonna Walk All Over This Land," accompanied by Paul Johnson (of The Bel-Airs), Glen Grey and Richard Delvy (both of The Challengers).[5]


  1. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1964", Variety, January 6, 1965 p 39. Please note this figure is rentals accruing to distributors not total gross.
  2. ^ Lisanti, Thomas Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies: The First Wave, 1959-1969 McFarland August 24, 2012
  3. ^ Barris TV and Movie Cars By George Barris, David Fetherston, pages 76–81. ISBN 0-7603-0198-0
  4. ^ Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 174
  5. ^ It's Party Time: A Musical Appreciation of the Beach Party Genre; by Stephen J. McParland; page 72. ISSN 0810-3461

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