2015 Reviews · Classic · Mondays · movie · TCM

Where the Boys Are

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Normally I’ve been posting some favorites or TBR books with a Friendship theme. But I’ve been very busy today with wrapping gifts, and help cooking and such.

I’m too tired to search through my books to find some that would match today’s theme, which is Where the Boys Are and Roommates.

So if you have any recommendations for books that might fit these themes, post a comment please. I would love to hear about what you think (maybe other people would too).

In the mean time, this post is for a movie review of one of the films aired on TCM today. (Ps, SPOILERS)


Where the Boys Are

6 out of 10 Stars

1960 film Comedy, Drama and Romance.
Director: Henry Levin
Writers: George Wells (screen play), Glendon Swarthout (novel)
Stars: Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, and Jim Hutton.

Short Synopsis: Four very different college girls drive to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break and seek out various adventures and romance for themselves.


My Thoughts: This would’ve been a 7 or higher star rating, but then they had to blow it with the subtle message at the end I thought. Like the entire movie was to persuade young women to not go on these adventures, because all they’ll find is jerks, players, “booty calls”, and worse, men that rape woman.

From Wikipedia:
“Merritt, Tuggle, and Angie’s post-adolescent relationship angst quickly evaporates when they discover Melanie is in distress after going to meet Franklin at a motel. However another of the “Yalies”, Dill, arrives at the motel room instead and then rapes her. She ends up walking into the nearby road looking distraught, her dress torn. Just as her friends arrive, she is hit by a car and ends up in the hospital.”

So in other words, everything is hunky-dory and grand with the girl’s disillusion with the poor choices of men they each picked, until one of their friends gets raped while meeting her guy for a “booty call”. Although they never mention booty call in this movie, but that’s what it is. In fact, I don’t remember them calling what Dill did as rape. The police might have arrested him, but we’ll never know.

It just ended with poor Melanie trying to think of what Nice “Guy would want to marry her after they learn what happened to her during Spring Break.” And Dolores Hart’s character staying in Florida and finding her happy ending with George Hamilton. Pretty lousy ending I thought.

Other than this major flaw, I thought everything else was good. Good acting and really liked the friendships between the women. If the movie didn’t end with that rape then I would’ve been happy with this. But it didn’t and now I’m left with this angry feeling.

Fun Facts I Liked:

Dolores Hart became a Nun a few years after this movie. She is still apart of the film industry, and is even one of the judges for the Oscar Awards.


That’s Mother Dolores there talking with a very young George Hamilton. 55 years younger that is.


The movie is based on the book Where the Boys Are (1959) by Glendon Swarthout. I might add this to my TBR. And definitely will just skip the ending!!


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