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A Summer Place (1959)

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Based on a novel by Sloan Wilson, this melodrama caused a stir in the late '50s for its racy look at marital infidelity and forbidden teenage love. The turmoil takes place in a beautiful summer cottage on the coast of Maine. The title theme song became a chart-topping hit.

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Cast

Richard Egan
as Ken Jorgenson
Arthur Kennedy
as Bart Hunter
Troy Donahue
as Johnny Hunter
Sandra Dee
as Molly Jorgenson
Constance Ford
as Helen Jorgenson
Beulah Bondi
as Mrs. Hamilton Hamble
Jack Richardson
as Claude Andrews
Martin Eric
as Todd Hasper
Junius Matthews
as Mr. Hamble
Gertrude Flynn
as Mrs. Carter
Bonnie Franklin
as Young Girl in Dormitory
Marshall Bradford
as Dr. Matthias
Robert Griffin
as Englehardt
Arthur Space
as Ken's Attorney
George Taylor
as Bart's Attorney
Roberta Shore
as Anne Talbert
Ann Doran
as Mrs. Talbert
Eleanor Audley
as Mrs. Harrington
Richard Deacon
as Pawnbroker
Howard Hoffman
as Alvin Frost
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Critic Reviews for A Summer Place

All Critics (6)

The movie is so-so, BUT that great theme music!

June 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Overlong and overwrought...

March 19, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Reflecting the sexual angsts and domestic anxieties of the 1950s, Delmer Daves' schmaltzy melodrama is known today for catapulting Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee to stardom and for Max Steiner's melodic tune, which became that year's most popular song.

July 4, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Soap opera supreme, 1950s-style. "We've got to be good..."

January 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for A Summer Place

If you've seen Grease you've heard that song about Sandra Dee, Sandra plays against that image in this movie. I liked this movie because I could relate, as many do, to the predicament of having divorced parents who date people and you're expected to like them. Plus, the teenage dilemmas in the story as well. Overall a good movie, I liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

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Lush story of forbidden love and teen love in beautiful settings with a memorable score. Constance Ford is a hoot as Sandra Dee's mother.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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