a random, bearded beatnik or two

For Those Who Think Young (1964): It’s strictly summery, light-headed fare, pretty to look at but about as obvious and empty as breeze. Miss Tiffin plays a stanchly virtuous student, briskly pursued over the campus and along the beach by Mr. Darren, a rich playboy. Add to all the splashy cavorting, the thumping tunes and limber twisting at the club, thronged by the clean-cut girls and boys, with a random, bearded beatnik or two. July 9, 1964, New York Times review.

Collegians’ Frolic:’For Those Who Think Young’ Arrives
Published: July 9, 1964

FOR those who think young ? There’s nothing particularly youthful about the “swingin’-surfin'” color frolic that opened yesterday at the Victoria, the Trans-Lux 52d Street and other theaters.

Let’s give it two credits, though. Unlike some of its predecessors, the picture is mercifully short on leering innuendoes. It’s clean, so help us. And the two principal kids—collegians—have sonic spunk and grit. We mean character. The protagonists are that cute Pamela Tiffin and young James Darren.

Still, young or old, don’t expect too much of this United Artists release. It’s strictly summery, light-headed fare, pretty to look at but about as obvious and empty as breeze.

Miss Tiffin plays a stanchly virtuous student, briskly pursued over the campus and along the beach by Mr. Darren, a rich playboy. The girl is also the ward of the owner of a nightclub, a student hangout that Robert Middleton, the lad’s righteous grandfather has raided and closed. That’s the text, as written by James O’Hanlon, George O’Hanlon and Dan Beaumont, and casually directed by Leslie H. Martinson.

But, again, it’s all friendly enough. Add to all the splashy cavorting, the thumping tunes and limber twisting at the club, thronged by the clean-cut girls and boys, with a random, bearded beatnik or two. The talent of the club proprietor, a fellow named Woody Woodbury playing “himself,” eludes us. Apparently he’s the poor man’s Kay Kayser, and we don’t mean ours.

Tina Louise ambles through the proceedings with her usual boneless glide, causing no visible damage. Paul Lynde, Robert Middleton and Eilen McRae are competent enough in the over-20 bracket. But the youngsters themselves, especially Miss Tiffin and Mr. Darren, are quite appealing — frisky and wise, to be sure, but somehow okay.

Any aging square over 30 who watches these limber sprouts can count on feeling like Methuselah.

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