Get Yourself a College Girl
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|Get Yourself a College Girl|
|Directed by||Sidney Miller|
|Produced by||Sam Katzman|
|Written by||Robert E. Kent
Robert G. Stone
|Starring||Mary Ann Mobley
|Music by||Fred Karger|
|Cinematography||Fred Jackman Jr.|
|Edited by||Ben Lewis|
|December 18, 1964|
|Box office||$2,000,000 (US/ Canada rentals)|
Get Yourself a College Girl, also released as The Swinging Set, is a 1964 Metrocolor film comedy in the style of a beach party movie. The plot involves a college co-ed who tries to balance her time writing songs and dealing with her publisher who tries to pursue her. It was directed by Sidney Miller and written by Robert E. Kent, and filmed at Sun Valley, Idaho, United States.
Turner Classic Movies critic Mel Neuhaus calls it "A curious 1964 hybrid of teen movie musical with pre-feminist overtones as well as a parody of moralistic anti-rock message films." It is notable for the appearance of Astrud Gilberto, the Brazilian singer who sang the international hit song "The Girl from Ipanema", appearing as herself in the film.
Terry Taylor (Mary Ann Mobley) is a senior at conservative Wyndham College for Women (fictitious) and, under an assumed name, a successful pop songwriter. After her publisher Gary Underwood (Chad Everett) unknowingly exposes her career, Wyndham's board of trustees—including the college founder's grandson, California State Senator Hubert Morrison (Willard Waterman)—condemns Terry for indecent behavior.
To distract herself from a possible expulsion, Terry, her friends Sue Ann Mobley (Chris Noel) and Lynne (Nancy Sinatra), and their physical-education instructor Marge Endicott (Joan O'Brien) travel to Sun Valley, Idaho for a Christmas-break ski vacation. There they meet Gary and his artist friend Armand (Fabrizio Mioni); Senator Morrison, who wants to solicit the youth vote; and Lynne's husband.
The Dave Clark Five, The Animals, and other musical acts perform in the background as Gary and Armand romance Terry and Sue Ann, respectively, while Lynne and her husband spend the entire vacation in their room. Senator Morrison courts Marge and shows that he is a talented dancer, but an embarrassing newspaper photograph threatens his reelection. The others demonstrate his support among the young by holding a successful telephone poll with musical performances.
- Mary Ann Mobley as Teresa 'Terry' Taylor
- Joan O'Brien as Marge Endicott
- Nancy Sinatra as Lynne
- Chris Noel as Sue Ann Mobley
- Chad Everett as Gary Underwood
- Willard Waterman as Senator Hubert Morrison
- Fabrizio Mioni as Armand
- James Millhollin as Gordon
- Paul Todd as Ray
- Donnie Brooks as Donnie
- Hortense Petra as Donna, the Photographer
- Dorothy Neumann as Miss Martha Stone, Dean of Wyndham College
- Marti Barris as Secretary
- Mario Costello as Bellboy
- The Standells as The Standells
- The Dave Clark Five as Themselves
- Percy Helton as Senator's chauffeur
- Stan Getz as Himself
- Astrud Gilberto as Herself
- Roberta Linn as Herself
- The Bellboys as Themselves
- The Animals as Themselves
- The Rhythm Masters as Themselves
- Sidney Miller and Fred Karger wrote two songs for the film, “The Swingin’ Set,” performed offscreen by Donnie Brooks at the film’s opening, and “Get Yourself a College Girl,” performed in the film by Mary Ann Mobley.
- Stan Getz with the Stan Getz Quartet back Astrud Gilberto as she performs “The Girl from Ipanema.”
- The Rhythm Masters perform “Beat Street Rag.”
- Jimmy Smith with The Jimmy Smith Trio perform “Comin' Home Johnny” and the instrumental "The Sermon."
- Freddie Bell & Roberta Linn with the Bellboys perform “Talkin' About Love.”
- The Standells perform “Bony Maronie” and “The Swim.”
- The Dave Clark Five perform “Whenever You're Around,” and “Thinking of You Baby."
- The Animals sing “Blue Feeling” and “Around and Around.”
- Singer Nancy Sinatra, who would have a hit record two years later, appears in this film but does not sing.
- This figure consists of anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36
- TCM Cult Movies Showcase http://www.tcm.com/thismonth/article/?cid=88153