That's not to say that there are not any campy moments (who can forget Helen's slap, causing Molly to knock over the plastic Christmas tree?), but more often than not, you sympathize with both pairs of lovers and their struggles to listen to their hearts. "We live in a glass house, we're not throwing any stones." With those words, Sylvia and Ken let Molly and Johnny know that they will love and support them no matter what. It might be a tough road, but when you have love, it makes it a little easier. As Ken tells Molly early in the film, "We have one purpose in this life - to love and be loved. That is our sole reason for existence." So, the title means both the place where lovers meet and reunite, but also a place where love and understanding lives. And that, I think, is why this movie still holds up over fifty years later.
Bask in the beauty of the California coast, in the beautiful lovers, and whatever feelings or memories "A Summer Place" brings you. In 2007, the movie finally made its long-awaited DVD debut, after having been only available online as out-of-print, pan-and-scan VHS tapes. The Warner Brothers DVD is in widescreen, and the print looks wonderful, with a few scratches here and there and little discoloration. The Dolby sound is fine. The only extra is the theatrical trailer, and while it's interesting to see, it's too bad that the main actors and the director Delmer Daves have all passed on, therefore making a commentary somewhat difficult, but not impossible since there would have to be some film expert or historian who could have provided one. That aside, it's still a worthy addition to any DVD library.