A Reel Look at Bobby Darin

by Jordan Orlando and Lydia Baxter

Come September (1961)

Playing a teenage boy named Tony, this was Bobby Darin’s first major role in a motion picture. Darin also composed the musical theme for the film and his character Tony performs a song he wrote himself, “Multiplication.” While filming the movie in Italy, Darin made countless attempts to woo his co-star Sandra Dee, whom he married shortly after filming wrapped.

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Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)

Set in an Army hospital in 1944, Bobby Darin plays Corporal Jim Tompkins, who suffers from extreme trauma after his plane is shot down. Captain Josiah Newman (played by Gregory Peck) is responsible for treating Tompkins, as well as many other suffering soldiers. Darin was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Tompkins in 1964.

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That Funny Feeling (1965)

In their third film together, Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin play Joan Howell and Tom Mildford (respectively). Tom is a rich businessman who asks Joan, a maid who dreams of becoming an actress, out on a date. Embarrassed by the state of her living arrangements, Joan brings Tom to one of the apartments that she cleans. Little does she know that the
apartment is Tom’s.

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Gunfight in Abilene (1967)

Based on the short story “Gun Shy” by Clarence Upson Young, this western follows soldier Cal Wayne (played by Bobby Darin), who accidentally shot his friend in the Civil War. He returns to his hometown Abilene to make amends with his friend’s family, in the form of becoming the town sheriff at the behest of his deceased friend’s brother. Still troubled by the fact that he took his friend’s life, Wayne doesn’t carry a gun while he is on duty. When he finds his friend’s brother murdered though, he arms himself and pursues the killer.

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Happy Mother’s Day, Love George (1973)

Also known as “Run Stranger Run”, this movie was Bobby Darin’s final film appearance. Darin portrayed Eddie, the boyfriend of Cloris Leachman’s character named Rhonda. Eddie’s anger surfaces when Rhonda’s illegitimate son pays them a surprise visit. Darin was only on-screen for about five minutes before Eddie is killed.

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