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Where the Boys Are (1960)

aka Where the Boys Are

"The hilarious inside story of those rip-roaring spring vacations!"

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Details: 99 mins · English


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No_movie_poster Merritt Andrews
Small Ryder Smith
Small Melanie Tolman
Small TV Thompson
Small Lola Fandango
Small Tuggle Carpenter
Small Police Captain
Small Basil
Small Angie
Small Guy in Blue 'Xavier University' Sweatshirt (uncredited)


No_movie_poster George Wells Screenplay
Small Henry Levin Director
No_movie_poster Glendon Swarthout Novel
No_movie_poster Joe Pasternak Production
No_movie_poster Glendon Swarthout Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Fredric Steinkamp Editing


"The hilarious inside story of those rip-roaring spring vacations!"


The main focus of Where the Boys Are is the "coming of age" of four girl students at a Midwestern university during spring vacation. As the film opens, Merritt Andrews, the smart and assertive leader of the quartet, expresses the opinion in class that premarital sex might be something young women should experience. Her speech eventually inspires the insecure Melanie Tolman to lose her virginity soon after the young women arrive in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Tuggle Carpenter, on the other hand, seeks to be a "baby-making machine," lacking only the man to join her in marriage. Angie rounds out the group as a girl who is clueless when it comes to romance.

The girls find their beliefs challenged throughout the film. Merritt, a freshman, meets the suave rich-boy Ivy Leaguer Ryder Smith, a senior at Brown, and realizes she's not ready for sex. Melanie discovers that Frank, a boy from Yale who she thought loved her was only using her for sex. Tuggle quickly fixes her attention on the goofy "TV" Thompson, a junior at Michigan State, but becomes disillusioned when he becomes enamored of the older woman Lola Fandango, who works as a "mermaid" swimmer/dancer in a local bar. Angie stumbles into love with the eccentric jazz musician Basil.

Merritt, Tuggle, and Angie's post-adolescent relationship angst quickly evaporates when they discover Melanie is in distress after going to meet her boy from Yale at a motel. Another of the "Yalies" arrived at the motel room instead and then raped her, and she ends up walking into the nearby road looking distraught, her dress torn. Just as her friends arrive, she is hit by a car and ends up in the hospital.

The friends realize the potentially serious consequences of their actions and resolve to act in a more responsible, mature manner. The film ends on a melancholy note, with Melanie recovering in the hospital while Merritt looks after her, and with Merritt's promises to Ryder to continue a long-distance relationship. He then offers to drive them back to their college.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2004-01-06