GenreComedy, Musical Music directorHarry Betts CountryUnited States
WriterReno Carell (story), Leigh Chapman (screenplay) GenresComedy, Musical, Musical comedy CastRaquel Welch (Jeri), James Stacy, William Wellman Jr, Lori Williams Similar moviesBirdman, Frozen, Pitch Perfect 2, Mulan, Aladdin, Into the Woods
A Swingin' Summer is a 1965 comedy film in the beach party genre. It was directed and co-written by Robert Sparr. Raquel Welch stars in her first featured film role and makes her singing debut in the film.
A trio of college kids – all friends of each other – attempt to insure summer jobs for themselves by becoming concert promoters at a lakeside dance pavilion that is in danger of closing. A local lifeguard, Turk (Martin West), jealous of both Rick (William Wellman, Jr.) and Mickey (James Stacy), tries to ruin their plan and at the same time tries to steal Rick’s girl, Cindy (Quinn O’Hara) – who has secretly arranged for her rich dad to finance the pavilion. Rick flips when he finds out about Cindy’s dad, and Turk tries to sabotage the dance hall with some hired goons – who, after failing, bully Turk into ripping the place off. In the meantime, bookworm Jeri (Raquel Welch), takes off her glasses, lets down her hair and causes some new problems.
In spite of all the drama, the kids actually succeed in securing an impressive roster of brand-name talent to the pavilion.
The film features special appearances by The Rip Chords, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Donnie Brooks and The Righteous Brothers. Others include Gypsy Boots, Diane Bond, Allan Jones, Lili Kardell as Sandra, Robert Blair as Tony, Buck Holland as Lou, and Lori Williams as one of the Swingin' Summer Girls.
The soundtrack featured songs performed by Raquel Welch, The Rip Chords, Jody Miller, Gary & the Playboys, The Righteous Brothers and Donnie Brooks.