The main focus of Where the Boys Are is the “coming of age” of four collegiate girls during spring vacation. Merritt Andrews (Dolores Hart), the smart and assertive leader of the quartet, expresses the opinion as the film opens that premarital sex might be okay. Her speech eventually inspires the insecure Melanie Tolman (Yvette Mimieux) to lose her virginity soon after the girls arrive in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Tuggle Carpenter (Paula Prentiss), on the other hand, seeks to be a “baby-making machine,” lacking only the man to join her in marriage. Angie (Connie Francis in her first acting role) rounds out the group as a girl acting rather clumsily when it comes to romance.
The girls find their beliefs challenged throughout the film. Merritt meets the suave Ivy Leaguer Ryder Smith (George Hamilton) of Brown and realizes she’s not ready for sex. Melanie discovers the boy from Yale she thought loved her was only using her. Tuggle quickly fixes her attention on the goofy TV Thompson (Jim Hutton), but becomes disillusioned when he becomes enamored with the older woman Lola Fandango who works as a “mermaid” swimmer/dancer (Barbara Nichols). Angie stumbles into love with the eccentric jazz musician Basil (Frank Gorshin). Merritt, Tuggle and Angie’s adolescent relationship angst quickly evaporates when they discover Melanie in a distressed state.
Although not mentioned directly, the set up of the scene in which Melanie leaves a hotel, with a torn dress and in a serious state of shock, strongly suggests she was sexually assaulted. She ends up in the hospital.
Now sobered up from the spring break joy, the friends realize the potentially serious consequences of their physical actions and resolve to act in a more responsible, mature manner. The film ends on a melancholy note, with Melanie recovering in the hospital while Merritt looks after her, with promises to continue a long-distance relationship with Ryder. –wikipedia
Henry Levin (5 June 1909 – 1 May 1980) began as a stage actor and director but was most notable as an American film director of over fifty feature films. He broke into film in 1943 as a dialogue director for the films Dangerous Blondes and Appointment in Berlin for Columbia Pictures. He then was contracted to Columbia Pictures as a director along with several other “potentials” who began as dialogue directors: Fred Sears, William Castle, Mel Ferrer and Robert Gordon.
At the end of his career, he finally did some television work, directing some episodes of Knots Landing in 1979 and his last work, the television movie Scout’s Honor where he died on the last day of production. Despite having been a stage actor, his only screen acting credit was in an episode of the 1974 television series Planet of the Apes. —Wikipedia