Palm Springs Weekend (1963) is a time capsule of ’60s talent, including Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Stefanie Powers, Robert Conrad, Jerry Van Dyke, Jack Weston, and more. It’s a West Coast version of Where the Boys Are (1960), with the same eternal conflicts between girls and boys looking for spring-break love and other diversions, all through the lens of early ’60s mores. Plenty of music and poolside mayhem ensue, with Billy Mumy as the pesky child whom no one wants to baby-sit.
The film features plenty of youthful potential from soon-to-be television favorites, such as Stefanie Powers (born Stefania Zofya Federkiewicz), three years before The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966). Tina Cole appears, uncredited, prior to Hawaiian Eye (1959), which also features her Palm Springs Weekend co-stars Robert Conrad (TV’s The Wild, Wild West), Connie Stevens and Troy Donahue. Cole would go on to appear in the hit TV series My Three Sons, joining the show in 1966 (the show began its broadcast in 1960).
Ty Hardin (born Orison Whipple Hungerford) plays a Hollywood stuntman and Connie Stevens’ Palm Springs hero, Stretch. Hardin had his own series, Bronco, from 1958-1962. According to the actor’s web site, he got “Ty” from his grandmother, who described him in childhood as a “Texas typhoon”.
Director Norman Taurog directed Elvis Presley in nine films, starting with G.I. Blues (1960) and at the age of 32 became – and remains – the youngest director to ever win an Oscar® (Skippy, 1931).
The film was written by Earl Hamner, Jr., a television fixture who spanned four decades. Hamner created Apple’s Way (1974), The Waltons (1980) (which he also narrated) and Falcon Crest (1981) and penned episodes for many other memorable shows, including The Twilight Zone (1959). He also wrote the screenplay for Where the Lilies Bloom (1974).