Girls! Girls! Girls! opened
nationally on November 21, 1962. The companion feature in most areas of
the United States was
Happened in Athens, a low-budget film starring Jayne Mansfield
and Bob Mathias. The world premiere of Girls! Girls! Girls!
occurred in Honolulu on October 31.
Two titles originally considered for the
film were A Girl in Every Port and Welcome Aboard. A few
months before filming was to begin, Gumbo Ya Ya was selected as
the working title, but that was changed in March 1962 to Girls!
Girls! Girls! Gumbo Ya Ya, by the way, is a Creole
expression meaning "everybody talks at once."
Don't Want To was cut from the film, it was heard in the movie
Filming began on April 9, 1962. Most of
the month was spent in Hawaii. The crew then moved to Paramount's
Hollywood studios for interior shots. Principal photography was
completed by mid-May.
The Bumble Bee Tuna Company plant near
Waikiki Beach was used as a location for the film. Another location was
the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor.
Stella Stevens (real name: Estelle
Eggleston) made her film debut in
for Me (1959). She was Playboy's Playmate of the Month
for January 1960. Kate Jackson married Stella's son, Andrew Stevens, on
August 23, 1978. Girls! Girls! Girls! was the first film
in which Stevens sang.
While filming in Hawaii, Elvis stayed at
the Hawaiian Village Hotel on Oahu.
According to a 1977 TV Guide
article, Girls! Girls! Girls! was the tenth most-shown
film on televison.
Actress Laurel Goodwin made her film debut
in Girls! Girls! Girls!
Never Let Me Go, sung by Stella Stevens in
the film, was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans in 1956 and
introduced by Nat King Cole that same year in the Paramount movie,
Girls! Girls! Girls! reached
#6 on Variety's list of top-grossing films. Although released in
late November, it still grossed $2.6 million by year's end and was
ranked #31 of all films released in 1962.
Robert Strauss, who played Sam, received
an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Animal in
Stalag 17 (1953).
The Nearness of You, sung by Stella
Stevens, was written by Ned Washington and Hoagy Carmichael in 1938 and
introduced by Gladys Swarthout in Paramount's
in the Dark that same year. Composer Carmichael considered The
Nearness of You to be among his top four songs.
Kingfisher - Ross Carpenter's
charter fishing boat.
West Wind - Sailboat built by Ross
Carpenter and his father. When his father died, Mr. Stavros bought the
"West Wind" and let Ross live in it. Because of health reasons, Stavros
had to sell his boats, including the "West Wind". Wesley Johnson bought
it for $6,000.
Robin Gantner sang in the Pirates Den, a
Mariners - Restaurant where Ross
and Laurel were to have lunch, but Ross walked away when he saw Laurel
with another man.
Sir Galahad - Robin's pet name for
Kin and Madam Yung lived in Paradise Cove.
During a nighttime rainstorm at Kin Yung's
house, Ross told Laurel that "it's not a fit night for a man nor a
beast." That line was originally used by W.C. Fields in his 1933 short
Fatal Glass of Beer.
Question: How much did Laurel Dodge have
in her checking account? Answer: Eight thousand dollars.
Ross danced the twist once while on stage
at the Pirates Den and during the Girls!
Girls! Girls! number at the end of the film.
Laurel hailed from Chicago.
136 Bay Street, Apartment 3 - Laurel
Dodge's home address.
Red West could be seen playing bongos on
the tuna boat during Song of the Shrimp.
Walls Have Ears number, Ross and Laurel danced the flamenco.
Kapoo - Kin Yung's weather forecasting
cat. White spots in Kapoo's eyes meant rain.
In addition to the "Kingfisher", Ross
Carpenter also skipped "Kilohana" during some of his tuna runs. Call
letters of the "Kilohana" were WY 2768.
Ross and his crew brought in one ton,
twenty pounds of tuna during their first run, earning a paltry
twenty-three dollars from Wesley Johnson.
TR 6-2412 - Telephone number of Wesley
New Plaza - Run-down hotel where
Laurel told Ross she lived, although she actually lived in an apartment
on Bay Street.
Laurel bought the "West Wind" from Wesley
Johnson for $10,000. She had planned to give it to Ross, but he made her
sell it back to Johnson.
When Elvis landed in Hawaii for the local
shooting, fans were as thrilled as ever. They were 8,000 to welcome him
when he arrived by helicopter. On his way to the hotel, he was stripped
of his yatching cap, his diamond ring and tie pin with jewels. "I was
quite lucky by arriving in one piece to the elevator," he said, later
The initial movie credits show many
beauties in bathing suits. Elvis' sense of humor is revealed, when he
comments, "With all the men in the audience stretching their necks
trying to see the girls behind the credits, I'm already foreseeing the
sore necks epidemy that will break out!"
During the scene when
Elvis goes to meet the "West Wind" in order to save Laurel from Johnson,
his boat puts itself right in front of the sailboat and the footage we
see of Elvis being touched by the sailboat is real. Of course this
should have never happened, since it could have had tragic consequences.
Fortunately, Elvis didn't get too much hurt.
This is the sole film
record of Elvis in a truly EXCITED state. For the shoot of the interior
scenes with Laurel Goodwin in her apartment, on Paramount's lot, to sing The
Walls Have Ears, he dressed some black trousers made for the scene,
but he didn't wear any underwear. Elvis rarely used underwear. He
complained to Joe Esposito that he didn't feel good with those trousers,
since they "rubbed" him the wrong way. The dance scene with Laurel was
complicated. Elvis had to sing and dance, and the apartment was rigged
for special effects, including a coffee table that bounced around the
floor and a ceiling that crashed down a few seconds after Elvis and
Laurel jumped backward. At some point during all the wiggling and
jumping, those pants rubbed him the wrong way, and "Little Elvis" (as he
called it), became erect. With so much going on in the scene, the
director, Norman Taurog, didn't notice. When Elvis came off the set, he
headed for the nearest chair and sat down fast. "Did you see that?" he
asked his friends. "See what?" they asked, trying to hold back the
laughter. "Did you see what happened below the belt?" he answered,
concerned, but a bit proud. "Damn pants were rubbing me the wrong way
and I couldn't help the felling. Geez, I hope they don't have to reshoot
this. The ceiling might get me this time." All the guys were alerted in
order not to say a word about the matter and wait until the following
day, to see if the scene was approved and the camera had caught what
happened. "Hot damn!" Elvis yelped when the dance sequences came on
screen. "Will you look at that? I was hoping it wouldn't show because
the pants were black. But there it is, sticking out like a sore thumb...
well, sort of like a sore thumb." But nobody else noticed and the scene
was approved! Therefore, in this movie, we can see Elvis dancing around
the apartment with "Little Elvis" at attention and aimed directly at
Laurel! His costar is seen dancing close to Elvis just once and then,
after feeling "Little Elvis", she doesn't dance close to him anymore,
even pulling her behind backwards...!