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Follow That Dream (1962)

A family of ragtag vagabonds sets up a makeshift home on a Florida beach after becoming marooned there, prompting an uptight local bureaucrat to attempt to evict them.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Charles Lederer (screenplay), Richard P. Powell (novel) (as Richard Powell)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Toby Kwimper
Arthur O'Connell ... Pop Kwimper
Anne Helm ... Holly Jones
Joanna Moore ... Alisha Claypoole
Jack Kruschen ... Carmine
Simon Oakland ... Nick
Roland Winters ... Judge
Alan Hewitt ... H. Arthur King
Howard McNear ... George
Frank DeKova ... Jack (as Frank de Kova)
Herbert Rudley ... Mr. Endicott
Gavin Koon Gavin Koon ... Eddy Bascombe
Robin Koon Robin Koon ... Teddy Bascombe
Robert Carricart ... Blackie
Barry Russo ... Al (as John Duke)
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Storyline

When the Kwimper family car runs out of gas on a new Florida highway and an officous state supervisor tries to run them off, Pop Kwimper digs in his heels and decides to do a little homesteading. He and his son Toby and their "adopted" children - Holly, Ariadne and the twins - start their own little community along a strip of the roadside. The fishing is good and the living is easy until the mob sets up a gambling operation and the state supervisor sics a sexy social worker on the Kwimpers in an effort to take away Ariadne and the twins. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Want a Lift? Elvis Presley's Funniest... Happiest... Dreamiest... Motion Picture! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Here Come the Kwimpers See more »

Filming Locations:

Crystal River, Florida, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While most of Elvis' movies were aimed squarely at Presley's teen-aged female fans, this one was clearly intended for family audiences. See more »

Goofs

When the tarpon is shown in the water during the fishing battle from the bridge, it's clearly out in open choppy water with the wake of a boat partially visible and the water rushing by as from a moving boat. But the water when viewed from the bridge is calm bay water. See more »

Quotes

Nick: What happened?
Toby Kwimper: They were showing me how I shouldn't get hurt. I wish they would wake up so I could apologize. I don't think they can hear me now.
Nick: No, I don't think so either.
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Referenced in Elvis (2005) See more »

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by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett (as Roy Bennett)
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good for an Elvis movie
14 August 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This is actually a very good Elvis movie. The plot concerns a bunch of hillbillies, the Kwimpers - a dad, his son, and three orphans, who take over some beach property under the Homestead act after they run out of gas there. Elvis portrays a dummy of sorts - he plays it very naturally and he's quite funny! It's not so much that he's dumb, but he's so guileless, literal, and helpful, he seems that way. With these attributes, he continually gets the best of the bad guys, including a mobster, Simon Oakland, Joanna Moore, from child welfare, and assorted others. The conceit makes for some hilarious scenes. In one, the mobster, after Elvis beats up his thugs, decides to blow up Elvis' family home. They prepare a bomb and put it in a box. When Elvis sees it, he thinks the mobsters have forgotten their package and dutifully returns it. BAM.

One poster mentioned that Elvis doesn't try to look as if he's singing. Apparently, he was notorious for not bothering much with lipsynching, though I'm not sure why. For my money, the only really good song in this film is the title one. And lipsynching or not, Presley looks great.

I guess we can spend time lamenting the fact that Elvis didn't make better films or get the acting opportunities he deserved, or we can enjoy what we have. And Follow That Dream is better than most.


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