The novel was optioned by MGM and production began immediately on location in Ft Lauderdale.
The movie met with great success and popularized the annual event spreading the myth throughout the nation of the epic journey of college-age men and women to the idyllic shores of Florida--Ft. Lauderdale, to be precise--to find fun, sun, and true love.
Released by MGM 1960
Running time 1:39:12
Actors | Dolores Hart George Hamilton Jim Hutton Connie Francis Yvette Mimieux Paula Prentiss Frank Gorshin Chill Wills Barbara Nichols Rory Harrity Vito Scotti
Director Henry Levin | Producer Joe Pasternak | Screen Play George Wells
The release of "Where the Boys Are" and the mass migration of students to Ft. Lauderdale the follwing March, helped to create the subgenre of "Beach Party" feature films produced and released between 1963 and 1968.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer producer Joe Pasternak, revisited the growing Spring Break phemonomen in 1965 with Elvis Presley in "Girl Happy" a musical romantic comedy. Elvis plays a rock singer who is hired to chaperone a gangster's daughter Spring Break trip to Fort Lauderdale.
Even though the film is set in Fort Lauderdale, Elvis did not film any scenes in the city.
Only second unit filming was done in Fort Lauderdale. Primary shooting was done at the MGM studios and the beach footage was rear projected, as in the car scenes in the trailer.
The beach scenes were filmed in southern California. Only second unit filming was done in Fort Lauderdale.
Released by MGM 1965
Running time 1:36:05
Actors | Elvis Presley, Gary Crosby, Harold J. Stone, Shelley Fabares
Director Boris Sagal | Producer Joe Pasternak | Screen Play Harvey Bullock, R.S. Allen