Palm Springs Weekend

Synopsis: Set in Palm Springs during a long, fun-filled weekend where several Los Angeles college students flock to spring break, centering on Jim who finds romance with Bunny, the daughter of Palm Springs harried, stressed, police chief. Jim's bumbling roommate, Biff, tries to get Amanda, a tomboyish girl's attention with a so-called love gadget. Meanwhile, Gayle Lewis is a high school senior posing as a wealthy college girl who is pursued by Eric Dean, a wealthy and spoiled college preppie, while Gayle has eyes for a cowboy from Texas, named Stretch. Also Jim and Biff's basketball coach, Campbell, tries to romance Naomi, the owner of the motel where all of the gang is staying, which is interfered with by Naomi's young, trouble-making brat son, who's dubbed Boom-Boom.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Norman Taurog
Production: Warner Home Video
100 min

The trouble with me is

I put women on a pedestal.

You gotta stop going out

with short women.

For instance, what happens

when you talk to a girl about sex?

I get the hiccups.

It's like an allergy.

You see,

whenever I think about sex, I, uh...

I'd like to see the coach's face when

he finds out we've gone to Palm Springs.

And he's stuck with all that health food.

- I don't think we should've run out on him.

- I say we're entitled to a break.


And what could be more of a break

than spending our Easter vacation...

...without listening

to old dog-face yelling:

"Men, when you get out there,

you're not just playing ball.

- You're-"

- On a field of combat.

Where winner takes all

and loser takes nothing.

I'll be darned. Hi, coach.

Well, how about that, gang, huh?

Well, what do you say to a cheer

for old Coach Campbell, huh?

Let's show him that the team's

still got that old fight...

...and yell left in them, huh?

Coach Campbell. Coach Campbell.

Hip, hip, hooray. Hip...

We're dead.


Sneaked off like thieves

in the night, huh?

Keep it down, you gang!

Oh, coach, everybody else

is cutting out for Easter.

And you gotta admit

we've been playing pretty good ball lately.

And if we would've asked you,

you would've said no.

- You're sure of that, are you?

- Well, I-

When are you clowns gonna learn

that I happen to be a very nice guy?

All right. You men wanna go

to Palm Springs for Easter?



Four-0 with me.

Hey, how about that?

Lots of desert to hike over.

Running in the sand

helps build up the ankles.

Good, clean air to breathe.

Or we stay right on this bus

and head back for Los Angeles.

- Come on, coach, we deserve a break.

- How about, you know, a little rest?

- We've been working hard.

- Think it over.

May I?

I don't care.

- You going to the Springs too?

- Mm-hm.

Good. Where's home?

Rexford Drive.

- Beverly Hills?

- Mm-hm.

Pretty fancy address.

Yes. Well, you see,

my father's quite successful.

How's he doing, Mike?

He is?

We're staying at the La Casa Yates.

It's probably not as nice

as you're accustomed to...

- No.

- ... but they might have a room left.

Oh, you think so? Please.

Well, it might be nice to stay at

one of those smaller out-of-the-way places.


It's your lighter.

Thank you.

"Easter invasion begins. "

Oh, my. Bunny!


I don't know how your father's

going to stand all those teenagers...

...and the income-tax deadline.

That's because my father's

no ordinary chief of police.

- He's a tiger.

- Oh, he's nothing of the kind.

He's an ordinary middle-aged man

with very high blood pressure.

Oh, give the grapefruit with the cherry

to your father, dear.

Shooting off fireworks at Easter.

It's un-American.

Mother, you go through the same thing

every year.

Bunny, you know very well

that by the end of every Easter...

...the veins in your father's neck

swell up twice their normal size.

But they always go down again.

It's worse this year.

He couldn't button his collar yesterday.

And this is just the start of the week.

Cheer up, Mom.

Maybe it'll rain,

then all the kids will go home.

- Good morning, Cora.

- Good morning, dear.

Start with your grapefruit, darling.

Bunny, you'll be late.

- Good morning, Bunny.

- Good morning, Dad.

There's the smell of rain

in the air this morning, hm?

There's not a cloud in the sky.

That's what I was afraid of.

Cora, you left the pit in.

- It's good for you, dear. Swallow it.

- Swallow the pit?

Oh, Cora, not another one

of your tranquilizer pills.

I gave you one last year

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Earl Hamner Jr.

Earl Henry Hamner Jr. (July 10, 1923 – March 24, 2016) was an American television writer and producer (sometimes credited as Earl Hamner), best known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s on the long-running series The Waltons and Falcon Crest. As a novelist, he was best known for Spencer's Mountain, inspired by his own childhood and formed the basis for both the film of the same name and the television series The Waltons, for which he provided voice-over narration. more…

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