GenreComedy, Musical, Romance Initial releaseFebruary 27, 1963 (USA) CountryUnited States
WriterDavid T. Chantler (screenplay), David D. Osborn (screenplay), Lawrence P. Bachmann (original story) Music directorRon Goodwin, Alexander Courage ScreenplayDavid D. Osborn, David T. Chantler CastConnie Francis (Bonnie Pulaski), Paula Prentiss (Toni Denham), Dany Robin (Michele Perrier), Janis Paige (Liz Bradville), Russ Tamblyn (Lt. (j.g.) Wadsworth 'Smitty' Smith), Richard Long (Lt. Peter Langley) Similar moviesPitch Perfect 2, Birdman, Frozen, Mulan, Aladdin, Hercules
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Follow the Boys (1963) is a comedy film starring Connie Francis, Paula Prentiss, and Janis Paige, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Richard Thorpe and shot on location on the French and Italian Riviera, Follow the Boys was MGM's second film vehicle for top recording artist Francis following Where the Boys Are (1960). While Francis' role in the earlier film had been somewhat secondary, she had a distinctly central role in Follow the Boys playing Bonnie Pulaski, a newlywed traveling the Riviera.
Bonnie visits various ports-of-call in hopes of a rendezvous with her sailor husband (Roger Perry), who is summoned to active duty from their honeymoon. Missing the original point and time of rendezvous in the port of Nice by a few minutes, Bonnie follows the ship to Italy in a somewhat rickety and battered pink 2 CV accompanied by veteran navy wife Janis Paige and two other officers' girlfriends, played by Francis' Where the Boys Are co-star Paula Prentiss and by Dany Robin, who are likewise intent on romantic reunions. Happy endings for each of the ladies are delayed by a series of romantic and comedic misunderstandings.
Paige's husband is played by Ron Randell, with Richard Long and Russ Tamblyn as the respective love interests for Robin and Prentiss.
Connie Francis as Bonnie Pulaski. Follow the Boys was the first instance of Prentiss and her husband Richard Benjamin performing in the same film production, although Benjamin's part as an aide to the ddmiral did not make the final cut.
Paula Prentiss as Toni Denham
Janis Paige as Liz Bradville
Dany Robin as Michele Perrier
Russ Tamblyn as Lt(JG) "Smitty" Smith
Richard Long as Lt(JG) Pete Langley
Ron Randell as Lt. Cmdr. Ben Bradville
Roger Perry as Radarman 3rd Class Billy Pulaski
MGM producer-writer Lawrence Bachman had a vacation home in the south of France. While staying there, he met several Navy wives who lived in Villefranche and spent a lot of their time following their husbands from port to port.
The film was shot in the south of France and at London's Elstree Studios.