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Palm Springs Weekend

Palm Springs Weekend(1963)


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Every Easter, Palm Springs, California, is invaded by youngsters seeking fun and adventure, to the distress of Police Chief Dixon and his wife, Cora. On one of the buses headed for the vacation spot is a college basketball team with its captain, medical student Jim Munroe, and Coach Campbell. On the same bus is Hollywood High School senior Gail Lewis, who pretends to be a wealthy college girl. The bus breaks down, and Gail gets a ride to the resort with playboy Eric Dean, the spoiled son of a millionaire.

On the way they meet Stretch Fortune, a Hollywood stuntman from Texas, to whom Gail becomes attracted. In Palm Springs, Jim meets Chief Dixon's daughter Bunny, who works in a record shop; and he takes her to a party, which is invaded by local hoodlums. After a brawl that ends up at the police station, everyone is released with a warning, but Chief Dixon forbids Jim to see his daughter again. Meanwhile, Eric tries to force himself on Gail, but she is rescued by Stretch, who gives Eric a beating. Stretch is pursued by the maddened Eric, who sideswipes Stretch's car, causing it to overturn.

Jim, who has been trailing the two, pulls Stretch from the burning wreck. Gail visits Stretch at the hospital, confesses that she is only a high school student, and obtains his forgiveness. Meanwhile, Coach Campbell has won the affections of Mrs. Yates, a widow who owns the hotel where the team is staying, and Gail's homely roommate, Amanda North, has paired off with Biff Roberts, a bumbling member of the basketball team. As the students leave Palm Springs, Bunny promises to wait for Jim until he finishes medical school, and even Chief Dixon softens enough to invite the young people back next Easter.