Follow the Boys: Connie Francis Sequel

Directed by Richard Thorpe for MGM, and shot on location on the French (Cannes) and Italian Riviera, Follow the Boys is MGM’s second film for top recording artist Connie Francis after the huge success of Where the Boys Are (1960).

While Francis’ role in the earlier film had been secondary, she had a central role in Follow the Boys playing Bonnie Pulaski, a newlywed traveling the Riviera visiting ports-of-call in hopes of a rendezvous with her naval officer husband (Roger Perry), 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, accompanied by veteran navy wife Janis Paige and two sailors’ girlfriends, played by Francis’ Where the Boys Are co-star Paula Prentiss and by French actress Dany Robin. 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, and Richard Long and Russ Tamblyn are the respective love interests for Robin and Prentiss.

Follow the Boys was the first time that Prentiss and her husband Richard Benjamin performing in the same film, though Benjamin’s part as Aide to the Admiral was cut in the editing room.

Cast

Connie Francis as Bonnie Pulaski

Paula Prentiss as Toni Denham

Janis Paige as Liz Bradville

Dany Robin as Michele Perrier

Russ Tamblyn as Lt. Smith

Richard Long as Lt. Langley

Ron Randell as Lt. Cmdr. Bradville

Roger Perry as Billy Pulaski