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A Summer Place (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 November 1959 (USA)
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A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Sloan Wilson (novel), Delmer Daves
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Egan ... Ken Jorgenson
Dorothy McGuire ... Sylvia Hunter
Sandra Dee ... Molly Jorgenson
Arthur Kennedy ... Bart Hunter
Troy Donahue ... Johnny Hunter
Constance Ford ... Helen Jorgenson
Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Emily Hamilton Hamble
Jack Richardson Jack Richardson ... Claude Andrews
Martin Eric Martin Eric ... Todd Harper, Handyman at Pine Island Inn
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Storyline

The Hunter family has long owned a mansion on Pine Island, a summer resort located off the Maine coast. Bart Hunter's now deceased father was able to open the mansion for free when Bart was younger, but current owner Bart, a drunkard and weak man, must now live there year round for financial survival with his wife Sylvia and their late teen-aged son Johnny, the family who are barely able to eke out a living with the mansion now as a year-round inn which is in an extreme state of disrepair. Bart and Sylvia are in a quietly unhappy marriage due largely to Bart's drinking. The Buffalo-based Jorgensons - husband Ken Jorgenson, his wife Helen Jorgenson and their late teen-aged daughter Molly Jorgenson - have rented rooms at the inn for the summer, while Ken looks for a summer house on the island. Ken lived on the island twenty years ago, he actually a working class lifeguard for Bart's father at that time. Ken is now a self-made millionaire as a research scientist, who had never been back ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Summer Place See more »

Filming Locations:

Pacific Grove, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The telephone operator asks for an additional two dollars for a three minute continuation of the long distance call between Johnny and Molly. This equates to about $34.50 in 2017, which accurately depicts the cost of long distance telephone calls at the time. They were expensive and rare for the average citizen. See more »

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When Johnny and Molly meet outside church during Christmas break, except for patches of (fake) snow, all foliage and grass is green. See more »

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Helen Jorgenson: You have to play a man like a fish.
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Impossible to get that song outta your head!
3 September 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Gorgeous-looking soap opera, with Sandra Dee swaying, swooning and suffering her way through role as young woman determined to do the deed with stodgy, windbreaker-wearing Troy Donahue. Their parents disapprove of course, that is until her father and his mother have an affair of their own! Surprisingly absorbing plot really lays on the melodrama, but so what? It's a roller-coaster ride of teen angst, romantic emotions gone too far, all blissfully filmed in beautiful color. Probably Donahue's best performance, although Dee continues her fight against a thick layer of phoniness that always seems to seep into her work (she's just not a natural, the way Connie Stevens or Tuesday Weld were). The picture is famously scored with Max Steiner's music which forever lives on oldies radio-stations, and will forever live in your head once you've heard it. It's quite lovely, but played ad nauseum. *** from ****


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