A Swingin' Summer (1965)
Released in 1965: (running time 1 hour and 21 minutes) When some teens lose their summer jobs at a Lake Arrowhead lodge they decide to go into business for themselves and have A Swingin' Summer.
Directed by Robert Sparr
Written by Reno Carell, Leigh Chapman and Robert Sparr
The Actors: William Wellman Jr. (Rick Howell), Quinn O'Hara (Cindy Foster), James Stacy (Mickey James), Martin West (Turk Wallace), Mary Mitchel (Shirley), Raquel Welch (Jeri Macy), Gary Lewis and the Playboys (themselves), The Righteous Brothers (themselves), Lori Williams (dancer), Allan Jones (Mr. Johnson), Lili Kardell (Sandra), Reno Carell (Mark), Glenn Stensel (Glenn Stensel), Mauree Garett (unknown), Richard Benedict (Tom), Buck Holland (Lou), Michael Blodgett (beach bum), Robert Porter (unknown), Gypsy Boots (himself), Diane Bond (girl in pink polka dot bikini), Robert Blair (Tony), Bill Medley (himself, one of the Righteous Brothers), Bobby Hatfield (himself, one of the Righteous Brothers), Donnie Brooks (himself), Mike Arturi (himself, part of Gary Lewis & the Playboys), Len Barry (himself, part of The Dovells), Mike Dennis (himself, part of the Dovells), The Dovells (themselves), Gary Lewis (himself), Nick Rather (himself, part of Gary Lewis and the Playboys), The Rip Chords (themselves), Arnie Satin (himself, part of The Dovells), Phil Stewart (himself, part of the Rip Chords), Jerry Summers (himself, part of The Dovells), Roger Carroll (opening scene radio announcer), Leslie-Marie Colburn (one of the girls), Kathee Francis (one of the girls), Jody Miller (one of the girls), Christopher Riordan (go-go boy), Irene Sale (one of the girls), Diane Swanson (one of the girls), Laurie Williams (one of the girls), Arline Judge (Rick's mother)
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Raquel Welch Gets Her Groove On
In 1965 I was 14 years old and papa was a preacher in Meadville, Pennsylvania. It would be another year before we moved to Shanksville, and I was too young and sheltered to be a part of the 1965 beach generation, but I did listen to the Righteous Brothers on my little crystal radio that I built.
I always had a passion for early media . . . telegraph, radio, and early movies. I saved my earnings from part time jobs and purchased a crystal radio kit to build. I had a tiny earphone attached to it and I put the crystal set at the top of my bed, with the earphone stretching to my pillow so that I could listen to the local radio station as I went to sleep each night.
I don't remember hearing the song that they performed in this movie, but who could forget, “You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling”? I can also remember Gary Lewis and the Playboys and their music from the 1960's. While for me watching the older movies is an exciting peek into the days before I was born, this movie is like going back to my teen years.
I've never seen an old classic movie with a cast member listed as a 'Go-Go Boy' or as 'the girl in the pink polka-dot bikini' . . . But it all made perfect sense as I went back to my teen years. What a hoot! If you lived in those days, or just wish you did, pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with lots of warm melted butter on it and visit the Lake Arrowhead Dance Pavilion in 1965 . . . . it was A Swingin' Summer.
Allan Jones as Mr. Johnson
Recording artist Donnie Brooks sings to a dancing girl in A Swingin' Summer
Donnie Brooks on stage in A Swingin' Summer
Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Gary Lewis and the Playboys on stage at the Dance Pavilion at Lake Arrowhead
Gary Lewis in A Swingin' Summer
Gary Lewis introduces Donnie Brooks
Gypsy Boots in A Swingin Summer
James Stacy and WIlliam Wellman Jr.
James Stacy passes Raquel Welch with her horn rimmed glasses and pulled back hair
Martin West as lifeguard Turk Wallace
Mary Mitchel, Lili Kardell and Martin West
Mary Mitchel and Martin West
Mary Mitchell as Shirley in A Swingin' Summer
Quinn O'Hara and Martin West
Quinn O'Hara and William Wellman Jr.
Quinn O'Hara as Cindy Foster
Quinn O'Hara in A Swingin' Summer
Raquel Welch flirts with James Stacy in A Swingin' Summer
Requel Welch lets her hair down in A Swingin' Summer
Raquel Welch in her black horn rimmed glasses and pulled back hair
Raquel Welch spots James Stacy
Raquel Welch gets ready to groove
Raquel Welch on stage at the Lake Arrowhead Dance Pavilion with Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Robert Blair and Raquel Welch
The Righteous Brothers singing at the Lake Arrowhead Dance Pavilion
The Rip Chords singing at the Lake Arrowhead Dance Pavilion
William Wellman Jr. and Quinn O'Hara