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A Summer Place (1959) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Delmer Daves and produced by Delmer Daves.

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A Summer Place (1959)

By Beatrice on Nov 19, 2016 From Flickers in Time

A Summer Place Directed by Delmer Daves Written by Delmer Daves from a novel by Sloane Wilson 1959/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Netflix rental Helen Jorgenson: You can never be too sure. We can see the eventual inevitable demise of the Hayes Code in this and other Peyton Place style melodrama... Read full article


A Summer Place..and Wow, what a Place!

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jun 5, 2013 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Have you ever noticed that the most melodramatic movies take place at the most beautiful locales? I always marvel at how the "Summer Place" characters can have such problems while living in such a paradise. This week's still shot features Richard Egan having a chat with the kiddies ( Troy Don... Read full article


A Summer Place..and Wow, what a Place!

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jun 5, 2013 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Have you ever noticed that the most melodramatic movies take place at the most beautiful locales? I always marvel at how the "Summer Place" characters can have such problems while living in such a paradise. This week's still shot features Richard Egan having a chat with the kiddies ( Troy Don... Read full article


A Summer Place..and Wow, what a Place!

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jun 5, 2013 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Have you ever noticed that the most melodramatic movies take place at the most beautiful locales? I always marvel at how the "Summer Place" characters can have such problems while living in such a paradise. This week's still shot features Richard Egan having a chat with the kiddies ( Troy Don... Read full article


A Summer Place..and Wow, what a Place!

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jun 5, 2013 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Have you ever noticed that the most melodramatic movies take place at the most beautiful locales? I always marvel at how the "Summer Place" characters can have such problems while living in such a paradise. This week's still shot features Richard Egan having a chat with the kiddies ( Troy Don... Read full article


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Molly Jorgenson: They came just in time, we better cool off.
Johnny Hunter: Why?
Molly Jorgenson: Because I'm afraid...
Johnny Hunter: Of me?
Molly Jorgenson: [shakes head no]
Johnny Hunter: Of yourself?
Molly Jorgenson: Yes. That and some other new feelings that I can't explain.
Johnny Hunter: Are you angry because...
Molly Jorgenson: No. We've gotta be good Johnny.
Johnny Hunter: Good... Is it that easy to be good?
Molly Jorgenson: Are you bad Johnny? Have you been bad with girls?


Sylvia Hunter: [to Helen Jorgenson] You seem to have an infinite capacity for hurt. First you try to destroy your daughter, and now our son.


Molly Jorgenson: [watching Ken and Sylvia, her father and his mother, go to their bedroom] Oh, Johnny... Do you suppose they make love?
Johnny Hunter: Why shouldn't they do? They're married.


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Initial considerations for the role of Helen Jorgenson included Teresa Wright and Olivia de Havilland.
Max Steiner's main theme for this film is probably his best-known after his "Tara Theme" for "Gone With the Wind." As with "Tara's Theme," it has remained a favorite ever since, with several charting recordings. Percy Faith's version (American Columbia: 1960) went to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1960, remaining in that position for 9 weeks, becoming both the Number One Instrumental Hit of the Rock Era and the first instrumental to win the Grammy for Record of the Year. Other charting versions were by Billy Vaughn (Dot: 1960, peaking at #2), the Lettermen (Capitol: 1965, using Mack Discant's lyrics and peaking at #16), and the Ventures (Liberty: 1969, at #83). Faith himself re-recorded it, shortly before his death in 1976, in a disco arrangement entitled "Summer Place '76."
The house where Ken (Richard Egan) and Sylvia (Dorothy McGuire) lived toward the end of the film is an actual private residence that was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1948. It still stands today on Scenic Road in Carmel-by-the-Sea and is a prime feature in local tours.
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