Follow the Boys


1h 35m 1963
Follow the Boys

Brief Synopsis

Four Navy wives create mayhem as they follow their men around the Riviera.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Romance
Musical
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 Feb 1963
Production Company
Franmet Productions
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Four young women pool their resources to buy a dilapidated French car and follow their husbands and boyfriends aboard the U.S.S. Independence from Cannes to its next port of call on the Italian Riviera. Bonnie Pulaski, a bride of only 2 hours, cannot bear to be separated from her radarman husband, Billy. Liz hopes to persuade her husband, Comdr. Ben Bradville, to take a land-based job so that they can raise a family. Wealthy Toni Denham and a French girl named Michele are both seeking Lieut. Peter Langley: Toni wants him to marry her and form a business partnership with her father, while Michele, it is revealed, is a bill collector seeking payment on a sheaf of unpaid bills. Things do not go well when the fleet followers arrive in Italy. Billy, restricted to ship, is furious with Bonnie for refusing to stay home; Ben has been given another seagoing command; and Peter rejects Toni and romances Michele. The romantic entanglements are straightened out at a grape-crushing festival when Toni falls in love with Lieutenant Smith and relinquishes Peter to Michele. All ends happily as Billy and Bonnie meet and are reconciled, and Ben decides to give up the sea to become a land-based husband.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Romance
Musical
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 Feb 1963
Production Company
Franmet Productions
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Articles

Follow the Boys


Made in the wake of the highly successful Where the Boys Are (1960), Follow the Boys (1963) is more of a sister film than a sequel to the Connie Francis box-office smash. Both films center around a group of young women in search of young men, but the beaches of Fort Lauderdale have been replaced with the naval ports of the Riviera. Her second of only four films, Francis is reunited with her previous co-star Paula Prentiss, with Francis now claiming top billing from her breakthrough performance in Where the Boys Are. The film launched the young starlet's career with countless singing engagements worldwide, numerous awards, and skyrocketing record sales. With such lofty expectations, however, the ultimate letdown of Follow the Boys was perhaps inevitable: one review dismally decreed, "Youth must be served, but the service isn't very good."

Follow the Boys was the work of MGM workhorse director Richard Thorpe. Credited with over 180 films, many of them made two at a time, Thorpe has been notoriously overlooked by film criticism over the years because his body of work, while consistent and reliable, never produced a stand-out masterpiece. Despite the popularity of his work such as Presley's Jailhouse Rock (1957) and the good notices received for Ivanhoe (1952), substantial industry regard eluded the efficient and budget-conscious director. As one critic put it, "His reputation for only needing one take is why we don't remember his films."

Thorpe may have been a bare-bones director, but the sumptuous scenery in Follow the Boys makes the production values seem anything but sparse. Filmed on location on both the French and Italian Riverias in Nice, Cannes, and Santa Margharita, the backgrounds are a lively visual lift to a somewhat lackluster story. Francis and Prentiss are joined by two other "seagulls"-the wives and girlfriends who follow their sailor men from port to port-French actress Dany Robin and Janis Paige. Russ Tamblyn, who is best remembered for his work in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and West Side Story (1961), co-stars as a naval lieutenant who pursues Paula Prentiss.

Producer: Lawrence P. Bachmann
Director: Richard Thorpe
Screenplay: Lawrence P. Bachmann, David T. Chantler, David D. Osborn
Cinematography: Edward Scaife
Film Editing: John Victor-Smith
Art Direction: William C. Andrews
Music: Alexander Courage, Ron Goodwin
Cast: Connie Francis (Bonnie Pulaski), Paula Prentiss (Toni Denham), Dany Robin (Michele Perrier), Janis Paige (Liz Bradville), Russ Tamblyn (Lt. Wadsworth Smith), Richard Long (Lt. Peter Langley).
C-95m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning.

by Eleanor Quin
Follow The Boys

Follow the Boys

Made in the wake of the highly successful Where the Boys Are (1960), Follow the Boys (1963) is more of a sister film than a sequel to the Connie Francis box-office smash. Both films center around a group of young women in search of young men, but the beaches of Fort Lauderdale have been replaced with the naval ports of the Riviera. Her second of only four films, Francis is reunited with her previous co-star Paula Prentiss, with Francis now claiming top billing from her breakthrough performance in Where the Boys Are. The film launched the young starlet's career with countless singing engagements worldwide, numerous awards, and skyrocketing record sales. With such lofty expectations, however, the ultimate letdown of Follow the Boys was perhaps inevitable: one review dismally decreed, "Youth must be served, but the service isn't very good." Follow the Boys was the work of MGM workhorse director Richard Thorpe. Credited with over 180 films, many of them made two at a time, Thorpe has been notoriously overlooked by film criticism over the years because his body of work, while consistent and reliable, never produced a stand-out masterpiece. Despite the popularity of his work such as Presley's Jailhouse Rock (1957) and the good notices received for Ivanhoe (1952), substantial industry regard eluded the efficient and budget-conscious director. As one critic put it, "His reputation for only needing one take is why we don't remember his films." Thorpe may have been a bare-bones director, but the sumptuous scenery in Follow the Boys makes the production values seem anything but sparse. Filmed on location on both the French and Italian Riverias in Nice, Cannes, and Santa Margharita, the backgrounds are a lively visual lift to a somewhat lackluster story. Francis and Prentiss are joined by two other "seagulls"-the wives and girlfriends who follow their sailor men from port to port-French actress Dany Robin and Janis Paige. Russ Tamblyn, who is best remembered for his work in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and West Side Story (1961), co-stars as a naval lieutenant who pursues Paula Prentiss. Producer: Lawrence P. Bachmann Director: Richard Thorpe Screenplay: Lawrence P. Bachmann, David T. Chantler, David D. Osborn Cinematography: Edward Scaife Film Editing: John Victor-Smith Art Direction: William C. Andrews Music: Alexander Courage, Ron Goodwin Cast: Connie Francis (Bonnie Pulaski), Paula Prentiss (Toni Denham), Dany Robin (Michele Perrier), Janis Paige (Liz Bradville), Russ Tamblyn (Lt. Wadsworth Smith), Richard Long (Lt. Peter Langley). C-95m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning. by Eleanor Quin

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Trivia

The ships which appear as the opening credits role are the aircraft carrier USS Randolph (CVS-15) and the destroyer USS Barry (DD-933). The Barry is currently (2003) a museum ship in Washington, DC but the Randolph was scrapped in 1973.

Notes

Location scenes filmed on the French Riviera. Dramato Palumbo is credited as co-author of songs, but music copyright listings for these songs do not include his name.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1963

Sequel to "Where the Boys Are"

Released in United States 1963