Melanie Tolman

Yvette Mimieux (born 1942). First three film credits: Platinum High School (1960) Lorinda Nibley; The Time Machine (1960) Weena; Where the Boys Are (1960) Melanie Tolman. Retired from acting at age 49, final screen credit: a supporting role in the Jackie Collins’ TV movie Lady Boss (1992).

Tuggle Carpenter

Paula Prentiss (born 1938): discovered by a talent scout at Northwestern University (Illinois) for Where the Boys Are (1960). Later appeared in Follow the Boys (1963) with Connie Francis. Married to actor Richard Benjamin (born 1938) since 1961. Most recent credit: Hard Four (2007) with children Ross and Prentiss Benjamin.

Merritt Andrews

Dolores Hart (born 1938) 10 films in Hollywood, including the lead role of Merritt Andrews in Where the Boys Are (1960) and two movies with Elvis Presley, before retiring to join a convent.

Angie, Bonnie, Libby and Ginger

Connie Francis, born Concetta Rosemarie Franconero, 12 December 1938, Newark, New Jersey. She acted in four movies: Where the Boys Are (1960) Angie; Follow the Boys (1963) Bonnie Pulaski; Looking for Love (1964) Libby Caruso; When the Boys Meet The Girls (1965) Ginger Gray.

xes spelled backwards

Where The Boys Are (1960) — Here are all these youngsters jammed together, on the beach, in beer joints and motels—coeds from state universities, fellows from the Ivy League—with only one thing on their minds. That is xes spelled backwards. NY Times review.  

A zany satire on teenage girls!

Glendon Swarthout, an associate professor of English at MSU, was teaching an honors class in 1958 when he overheard one of his students talking about spring break. When Swarthout asked his students for more specifics, he was invited to join them in Fort Lauderdale and see for himself. MSU.

Why do thousands of coeds flock to Fort Lauderdale?

“This novel is meant to be a half-gay, half-sad, but always breezy account of that, by now, minor institution — the collegiate goings-on in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during the spring semester vacation.” Kirkus Review.

highly carbonated elixir of sex, sunshine and beer

Here are all these youngsters jammed together, on the beach, in beer joints and motels—coeds from state universities, fellows from the Ivy League—flirting and making passes, with only one thing on their minds. That is xes spelled backwards. BOSLEY CROWTHER, January 20, 1961. New York Times review.

Rory Harrity

Rory Dion Harrity: born 26 May 1933, Jacksonville Florida USA; died 23 July 1974, Klosters Graubünden Switzerland; buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Ocala Florida USA.

Yvette and a french poodle

Yvette Mimieux as Melanie Tolman in the comedy-drama “Where The Boys Are” (1960). “… a third coed, played by Yvette Mimieux, falls madly and recklessly in love with a fickle Yale man, Rory Harrity, and becomes a bit of a problem for her friends. She clearly surrenders, with marriage as her futile hope, and then…

Where the fish are!

Paula Prentiss, born Paula Ragusa, 4 March 1938, San Antonio Texas. Discovered in 1958 by a talent scout at Northwestern University (Illinois), she was cast in a comic role opposite Jim Hutton (1934 – 79) in Where the Boys Are (1960).  She has been married to comic actor Richard Benjamin (born 1938) since 1961.

Paula brushing

Paula Prentiss Born Paula Ragusa, 4 March 1938, San Antonio Texas. Discovered in 1958 by a talent scout at Northwestern University (Illinois). Cast in the comic role of wisecracking but chaste tomboy “Tuggle Carpenter” in Where the Boys Are (1960). First of five film opposite Jim Hutton (1934 – 79) as MGM’s tallest couple. Appeared in…

Yvette in time

Yvette Carmen Mimieux, born 8 January 1942, Hollywood California. Retired from acting at age 49, final screen credit: a supporting role in the Jackie Collins’ TV movie Lady Boss (1992). First three film credits: Platinum High School (13-May-1960) Lorinda Nibley The Time Machine (17-Aug-1960) Weena Where the Boys Are (28-Dec-1960) Melanie Tolman   Save

Paula is tall

Paula Prentiss, born Paula Ragusa, 4 March 1938, San Antonio Texas. Discovered in 1958 by a talent scout at Northwestern University (Illinois). Cast in the comic role of wisecracking but chaste tomboy “Tuggle Carpenter” in Where the Boys Are (1960) opposite Jim Hutton (1934 – 79). Appeared in the thematic sequel Follow the Boys (1963) as…

Dolores Hart dramatic portrait

Dolores Hart: star of Where The Boys Are (1960), the original Florida holiday beach movie, and two Elvis Presley movies: Loving You (1957) and King Creole (1958).

Barbara Nichols and the Duke

John Wayne and Barbara Nichols (1928 – 1976) dressed in her usual role of a burlesque performer and striptease artist, such as ‘Lola Fandango’ in Where The Boys Are (1960) and Blossom LaTour in The Swinger (1966) .

Barbara Nichols

Barbara Nichols: born Barbara Marie Nickerauer, 10 December 1928, Queens New York City New York; died 5 October 1976 (liver disease), Hollywood Los Angeles California. First credit: Studio One in Hollywood (TV 1953) ‘Confessions of a Nervous Man’ – First Pretty Girl Where The Boys Are (1960) Lola Fandango The Swinger (1966) Blossom LaTour Final…

George Hamilton

Above: George Hamilton with co-star Dolores Hart in the original beach holiday movie, Where The Boys Are (1960). George Hamilton: born George Stevens Hamilton IV, 12 August 1939, Memphis Tennessee. First credit: The Veil (TV 1958) ’The Return of Madame Vernoy’ Krishna Vernoy … Where The Boys Are (1960) Ryder Smith … Doctor, You’ve Got…

Connie Francis

Where the Boys Are (1960) with Frank Gorshin (the Riddler in Batman) as a short-sighted jazz musician and Connie Francis as his muse. Connie Francis, born Concetta Rosemarie Franconero, 12 December 1938, Newark, New Jersey. She acted in four movies: Where the Boys Are (1960) Angie Follow the Boys (1963) Bonnie Pulaski Looking for Love…

Yvette Mimieux

Yvette Carmen Mimieux, born 8 January 1942, Hollywood California. Retired from acting at age 49, final screen credit: a supporting role in the Jackie Collins’ TV movie Lady Boss (1992). First three film credits: Platinum High School (13-May-1960) Lorinda Nibley The Time Machine (17-Aug-1960) Weena Where the Boys Are (28-Dec-1960) Melanie Tolman

Paula Prentiss

Paula Prentiss, born Paula Ragusa, 4 March 1938, San Antonio Texas. Discovered in 1958 by a talent scout at Northwestern University (Illinois), she was cast in a comic role opposite Jim Hutton (1934 – 79) in Where the Boys Are (1960).  She has been married to comic actor Richard Benjamin (born 1938) since 1961. Where the…

Dolores Hart

Dolores Hart: born Dolores Hicks, 20 October 1938 Chicago Illinois, daughter of actor Bert Hicks. 10 films in Hollywood before retiring from acting to join a Roman Catholic convent: Loving You (1957) with Elvis Presley, Wild is the Wind (1957), Lonelyhearts (1958), King Creole (1958) with Elvis Presley, The Plunderers (1960), Where the Boys Are…