Well there’s 2 hours of my life that I’ll never get back….
Connie Stevens plays a naive young woman who meets and falls in love with a doomed mountain climber on her way home from South America with her parents.( Her father has been working there for the past 10 years in a mine.) Susan and Conn ( the climber) have a shipboard fling that results in a teenage pregnancy. Conn dies trying to summit Mt. McKinley, but Susan doesn’t know. She’s involved in trying to hide the pregnancy from her family and when they do find out, the revelation coincides with an invite for her father to return to South America to work.
Que suerte! What luck! They can hide the pregnancy in South America, where no one knows them. And for an added twist, Susan’s mother, played by Dorothy McGuire tells everyone that she is pregnant in a “change of life event” , so that the story will stick. Susan finally receives a call from her lover’s father telling her that he is dead. She tries to kill herself and Hoyt ( portrayed by Troy Donohue…you could surf on the wave in his hair) the novelist and stable hand, rescues her, confides all his hopes and dreams to her AND promises to watch Susan’s horse while she’s away.
Fast forward about a year and the Slades are preparing to come home. It’s speeded up by the elder Slade’s untimely death. Their best friends, who also happened to have an eligible and wealthy bachelor son, played by Bert Convy ( seriously…) fix them up in a house in the states and basically run their lives. It’s more than a little creepy. Susan continues to hang out with Hoyt and when the baby catches fires ( you read that right, we can’t make up these plots from the 60’s…) Hoyt is the hero and the true provenance of the baby is revealed at the hospital.
Holy cow, at times patronizing, misogynistic and downright dated, this was the really a stretch of a plot. But like a train wreck…. you can’t take your eyes off it!