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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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Sylvia Hunter: We live in a glass house - we're not throwing any stones.


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.


Helen Jorgenson: [after she has seen Molly Jorgenson and Johnny Hunter kissing] Well, your daughter didn't waste any time. She's let that boy kiss and maul her her very first night here.
Ken Jorgenson: Where were they?
Helen Jorgenson: Down below me, in the garden.
Ken Jorgenson: If they had anything to hide, you think they'd do it right under your window?
Helen Jorgenson: Are you defending her cheap behavior?
Ken Jorgenson: Cheap? A girl kissing a boy in the moonlight? You know Molly's as decent as this boy seems to be.
Helen Jorgenson: [really angry now] No decent girl lets a boy kiss and maul her the very first night they meet! I suppose it's your Swedish blood in her. I've read about how the Swedes bathe together and... and have trial marriages and free love. I've read all about that. Anything goes.
Ken Jorgenson: [angry and disgusted] So, now you hate the Swedes. How many outlets for your hate do you have, Helen? We haven't been able to find a new house because of your multiplicity of them. We can't buy near a school because you hate kids. They make noise. And there can't be any Jews or Catholics on the block, either. And, oh, yes, it can't be anywhere near the Polish or Italian sections. And, of course, Negroes have to be avoided at all costs. Now, let's see: No Jews, no Catholics, no Italians, no Poles, no children. No Negroes. Do I have the list right, so far? And now, you've added Swedes. And, oh, yes, you won't use a Chinese laundry because you distrust Orientals. And you think the British are snobbish, the Russians fearful, the French immoral, the Germans brutal, and all Latin Americans lazy. What's your plan? To cut humanity out? Are you anti-people and anti-life? Must you suffocate every natural instinct in our daughter, too? Must you label young love-making as cheap and wanton and indecent? Must you persist in making sex, itself, a filthy word?
[Helen, without a word, leaves the room. Ken slams the door after her]


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Facts about

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.
Richard Egan's (Ken) impassioned speech to his wife about her disgraceful bigotry was so powerful that an entire packed audience at Radio City Music Hall gave it an immediate standing ovation.
Initial considerations for the role of Helen Jorgenson included Teresa Wright and Olivia de Havilland.
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