COME SEPTEMBER (1961)

Dir. Robert Mulligan

This picturesque romantic comedy was intended as a follow-up to Rock Hudson's successful move into the genre in Pillow Talk (1959). It was even shaped for him by the earlier film's Oscar-winning writers, Stanley Shapiro and Maurice Richlin. But when teen idols Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin, in his movie debut, met on location and married within weeks, the screen heartthrob found himself upstaged. Hudson stars as a millionaire accustomed to vacationing in his Italian villa every September with mistress Gina Lollobrigida. When he shows up early, he discovers major domo Walter Slezak has been running it as a hotel—the La Dolce Vista—the other 11 months of the year. The current tenants are a group of young innocents, including Dee, being pursued by four college boys led by Darin. His efforts to assume the role of chaperone while trying to keep his relationship with Lollobrigida afloat made the film a box-office winner. Film fans should also look closely to spot future Oscar-winner Joel Grey as one of Darin's cohorts.

In attendance: Matt Tyrnauer.

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