Get Yourself a College Girl (aka The Swinging Set) (1964): Musical College Comedy

Directed by Sidney Miller and written by Robert E. Kent, Get Yourself a College Girl (aka “The Swinging Set”) is a youth comedy made after the success of the “Beach Party” movies.

The silly plot involves a college co-ed who balances her time writing songs, while dealing with her seducing publisher.

Terry Taylor (Mary Ann Mobley) is a senior at a fictitious conservative Wyndham College for Women, and using assumed name, she’s a pop songwriter.

After her publisher Gary Underwood (Chad Everett) exposes her career, Wyndham’s board of trustees condemns Terry for indecent behavior.

Terry, her friends Sue Ann Mobley (Chris Noel) and Lynne (Nancy Sinatra), and their physical-education instructor Marge Endicott (Joan O’Brien) travel to Sun Valley, Idaho, for a Christmas-break ski vacation. There, they meet Gary and his artist friend Armand (Fabrizio Mioni); Senator Morrison, who wants to solicit the youth vote; and Lynne’s husband.

The Dave Clark Five, The Animals, and other musical acts perform in the background as Gary and Armand romance Terry and Sue Ann.  Senator Morrison courts Marge, but an embarrassing newspaper photo threatens his re-election. The young ones show their support by holding a phone poll with musical performances.

One of the picture’s few joys is hearing Astrud Gilberto (as herself) performs her famous song.

Mary Ann Mobley as Teresa ‘Terry’ Taylor
Joan O’Brien as Marge Endicott
Nancy Sinatra as Lynne
Chris Noel as Sue Ann Mobley
Chad Everett as Gary Underwood
Willard Waterman as Senator Hubert Morrison
Fabrizio Mioni as Armand
James Millhollin as Gordon
Paul Todd as Ray
Donnie Brooks as Donnie
Hortense Petra as Donna, the Photographer
Dorothy Neumann as Miss Martha Stone, Dean of Wyndham College
Marti Barris as Secretary
Mario Costello as Bellboy
The Standells as The Standells
The Dave Clark Five as Themselves
Percy Helton as Senator’s chauffeur
Stan Getz as Himself
Astrud Gilberto as Herself
Roberta Linn as Herself
The Bellboys as Themselves
The Animals as Themselves
The Rhythm Masters as Themselves


TCM showed the movie on March 10, 2020.