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GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! - Trivia

  • Girls! Girls! Girls! opened nationally on November 21, 1962. The companion feature in most areas of the United States was It 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."
     

  • Although I Don't Want To was cut from the film, it was heard in the movie trailer.
     

  • 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 Say One 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, The Scarlet Hour.
     

  • 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 Romance 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 local nightclub.
     

  • 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 Ross.
     

  • 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 The 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.
     

  • During The 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 Johnson.
     

  • 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 on.
     

  • 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...!

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