|When the Boys Meet the Girls|
|Directed by||Alvin Ganzer|
|Written by||Robert E. Kent|
|Based on||musical by Guy Bolton and Jack McGowan|
|Produced by||Sam Katzman|
|Cinematography||Paul C. Vogel|
|Edited by||Ben Lewis|
|Music by||Fred Karger|
When the Boys Meet the Girls is a 1965 American musical film directed by Alvin Ganzer and starring Connie Francis and Harve Presnell based on the musical Girl Crazy and a remake of MGM's 1943 film Girl Crazy.
A playboy (Harve Presnell) helps a young woman (Connie Francis) turn her father's Nevada ranch into a haven for divorcees.
- Connie Francis – Ginger Gray
- Harve Presnell – Danny Churchill
- Peter Noone – Himself (as Herman's Hermits)
- Karl Green – Himself (as Herman's Hermits)
- Derek Leckenby – Himself (as Herman's Hermits)
- Keith Hopwood – Himself (as Herman's Hermits)
- Barry Whitwam – Himself (as Herman's Hermits)
- Louis Armstrong – Himself
- Buddy Catlett – Himself
- Domingo Samudio – Sam the Sham (as Sam the Sham)
- Dave Martin – Pharaoh (as The Pharaohs)
- Ray Stinnet – Pharaoh (as The Pharaohs)
- Jerry Patterson – Pharaoh (as The Pharaohs)
- Butch Gibson – Pharaoh (as The Pharaohs)
- Liberace – Himself
- Sue Ane Langdon – Tess Rawley
- Fred Clark – Bill Denning
- Frank Faylen – Phin Gray
- Joby Baker – Sam
- Hortense Petra – Kate
- Stanley Adams – Lank
- Romo Vincent – Pete
- Susan Holloway – Delilah
- Russell Collins – Mr. Stokes (as Russ Collins)
- Pepper Davis – Himself
- Bill Quinn – Dean of Colby (as William I. Quinn)
- Tony Reese – Himself
The film was a remake of MGM's Girl Crazy (1943 film). The remake was produced by Sam Katzman, who made it as the first of five films he did for the studio in 1965. In April 1965 Connie Francis was attached as star.
In June 1965 Jeffrey Hayden was to direct and the stars were announced as Connie Francis, Harve Presnell, Paul Anka, Fran Jeffries and Louis Armstrong.
Presnell played the same role as Mickey Rooney in the original. Presnell said "When we did Molly Brown on Broadway, we had a standing joke whenever I didn't do something right. I said 'Well why don't you get Mickey Rooney?'."
Filming started July 1965.
It was the film debut of Herman's Hermits. MGM were so pleased with their performance they put them in a series of films.
|When the Boys Meet the Girls|
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|1.||"When the Boys Meet the Girls"||Jack Keller, Howard Greenfield||Connie Francis||2:04|
|2.||"Monkey See, Monkey Do"||Johnny Farrow||Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs||2:33|
|3.||"Embraceable You"||George & Ira Gershwin||Harve Presnell||2:56|
|4.||"Throw It Out of Your Mind"||Billy Kyle, Louis Armstrong||Louis Armstrong & Orchestra||2:10|
|5.||"Mail Call"||Fred Karger, Sid Wayne, Ben Weisman||Connie Francis||2:17|
|6.||"I Got Rhythm"||George & Ira Gershwin||Connie Francis & Harve Presnell||3:34|
|1.||"Listen People"||Graham Gouldman||Herman's Hermits||2:31|
|2.||"Bidin' My Time"||George & Ira Gershwin||Herman's Hermits||2:26|
|3.||"Embraceable You"||George & Ira Gershwin||Connie Francis||2:12|
|5.||"But Not for Me"||George & Ira Gershwin||Connie Francis & Harve Presnell||2:58|
|6.||"I Got Rhythm"||George & Ira Gershwin||Louis Armstrong & Orchestra||1:24|
Upon the film's release The New York Times reported that "If the music of the Gershwin brothers can survive a terrible little musical such as "When the Boys Meet the Girls" [...] chances are it could outlast atomic annihilation," described the film overall as "a dull, silly scramble," and described the talents of Francis and Presnell as "strictly middling" and "teamed romantically, they look like Mutt and Jeff, and their vocal wrestling with the grand Gershwin melodies is slippery at best." A contemporary review in Variety described the film as "a spotty comedy film, loaded with often extraneous tunes, also limited to some okay performances and gags," and reported that "Langdon remains the most impressive of the principals; she makes a first rate shrew." Writing for Turner Classic Movies, critic Roger Fristoe described the film as "a very loose reworking of the George and Ira Gershwin musical Girl Crazy," and noted that "the film allows for musical performances from an eclectic gathering of guest stars."
In 1966, the year after the film was released, it received some prestigious awards at that year's Laurel Awards ceremony. Harve Presnell was nominated for a Golden Laurel in the category of Musical Performance, Male for his talented musical numbers. Though he did not win, he was awarded 3rd place. Connie Francis was also nominated for a Golden Laurel in the category of Musical Performance, Female for her musical numbers. She did not win either, but came in a gratifying 4th place.
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- Hopper, Hedda (June 12, 1965). "Looking at Hollywood: Red Quiz Suspect's Story Full of Irony". Chicago Tribune. p. a3.
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- Alpert, Don (Aug 22, 1965). "Presnell: a Real Good Egg". Los Angeles Times. p. N7.
- Martin, Betty (Aug 11, 1965). "MOVIE CALL SHEET: Train Wreck Derails Film". Los Angeles Times. p. d12.
- "Screen: Gershwin Redone:'When Boys Meet Girls' Is an Inept Musical". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 2023-07-28. Retrieved 2023-07-28.
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- Fristoe, Roger. "When the Boys Meet the Girls". Turner Classic Movies. Turner Classic Movies, Inc. Archived from the original on 2023-07-28. Retrieved 2023-07-28.