Trying to sort out what has happened, Hermie goes back to Dorothy's house. Dorothy has fled the island in the night and an envelope is tacked to the front door with Hermie's name on it. Inside is a note from Dorothy, saying she hopes he understands she must go back home as there is much to do.
She assures Hermie she will never forget him, and he will find his way of remembering what happened that night. Her note closes with the hope that Hermie may be spared the senseless tragedies of life.
In the final scene, Hermie, suddenly approaching manhood, is seen looking at Dorothy's old house and the ocean from a distance before he turns to join his friends. To bittersweet music, the adult Raucher sadly recounts that he has never seen Dorothy again or learned what became of her. Director Robert Mulligan provides uncredited voiceover narration as the older Hermie.
Maureen Stapleton has an uncredited cameo as Sophie, Hermie's mother. Herman Raucher wrote the film script in the s during his tenure as a television writer, but "couldn't give it away. Raucher showed Mulligan the script, and Mulligan took it to Warner Bros. When casting for the role of Dorothy, Warner Bros. O'Neill auditioned for the role, albeit hesitantly, not wanting to perform any nude scenes.
O'Neill got the role and Mulligan agreed to find a way to make the film work without blatant nudity. Nantucket Island was too far modernized in to be convincingly transformed to resemble an early s resort, so production was taken to Mendocino, California , on the West Coast of the US.
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Then Hermie spoils everything by really falling in love, this time with the adorable older woman Dorothy, played by Jennifer O'Neill. Dorothy's husband conveniently leaves for duty overseas, and then, even more conveniently, becomes one of those "we regret" telegrams.
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