Beach Party/ Bikini Beach (Midnite Movies Double Feature)
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Pop star Frankie Avalon and former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello inaugurated the beach movie proper (after Gidget tested the waters) with this celebration of surf, sand, rock & roll music, and, of course, sex. Frankie carries Annette (named Doris in the film) over the threshold of a beach cabin as she whispers "It's just like we're married." "Exactly!" he smiles before tripping over a dozen friends camping out on the floor. Well, not quite, as it turns out in the boys-against-girls contest of one-upmanship and jealous tantrums. Frankie woos the pneumatic Scandinavian Eva Six and Annette flirts with frumpy anthropologist Bob Cummings (wearing a beard that would scare Grizzly Adams). Meanwhile he secretly studies the mating rituals of the beach tribe with his eternally frustrated assistant Dorothy Malone. Harvey Lembeck (from Stalag 17) is the aging juvenile delinquent Eric von Zipper, a spastic motorcycle gang leader, while Morey Amsterdam recites silly beat poetry in a Chinese mask and surf rocker Dick Dale plays bongos and wears a gold earring. Look for bit parts by Beach Boy Brian Wilson (as a surfer) and Peter Falk (as a biker) and a cameo by Vincent Price. This first beach romp is about as sophisticated as a Keystone Kops farce (it ends with a slapstick free-for-all that wouldn't be out place in the silent era), but it's dumb, fluffy fun with lots of hunky boys and pretty bikinied girls shaking their booties and making out. The next in the series is Bikini Beach. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story is pretty simple.Frankie and Annette plan some "alone" time at a beach house,only to find Annette has kyboshed it all by inviting all their beach buds to the house too.Frankie is ticked and as Frankie gets mad,so does Annette.Each seek to make the other jealous throughout the picture.Thrown into this scene is a professor(Cummings)who is a world explorer and expert on foreign cultures and their sociological and psychological habits.He flies a small plane onto the beach and rents a beach pad right near the happening with Frankie and Annette and the crowd.As the young guys and gals surf,talk romantic and sing and dance to the beat of Dick Dale and the Deltones,the professor is in his house with sophisticated listening and watching equipment and taking notes for his new book.
Eventually the professor makes contact with Annette and of course Frankie's jealousy goes off the charts.The professor through Annette,who has taken a fancy to him,tries to get in the with the in crowd,but has alot of trouble in the beginning.Add to these problems Erick Von Zipper and his gang of rats(guys)and mice(girls),who try and take over running everything.Eventually it all comes down to a big fight with the kids trying to protect the professor who has now got into their good books,after all is revealed.Read more ›
Dolores (Annette Funicello) and Frankie (Frankie Avalon) head down to the coast for a summer of swingin' and surfin', only to have their romantic getaway spoiled by Frankie's loud-mouthed friends who have decided to tag along.
When a stuffy, whiskered anthropologist (Bob Cummings - LUCKY ME) and his curvy assistant Marianne (Dorothy Malone) decide to study the teens' partying habits, they end up with more than they bargained for when Professor Sutwell becomes a pawn in Dolores' game to get Frankie jealous and propose to her!
There are fantastic cameos from Eva Six, Morey Amsterdam and even Vincent Price (in a shameless promotional grab for AIP's "The Pit and the Pendulum").
See the gorgeous Candy Johnson shake her moneymaker! Hear the delightful Annette sing the tender ballad "Treat Him Nicely", and roar with laughter at the antics of Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) and his "Rats"!
Followed by numerous sequels including "Bikini Beach", "Pajama Party", "Beach Blanket Bingo", "Muscle Beach Party" and "How To Stuff a Wild Bikini".
The DVD includes both full-frame and widescreen versions of the film as well as the trailer. (Double-sided, single-layer disc).
In 1963's "Beach Party" Annette went by the name Doris (an homage to Doris Day?). The plots, I use the term loosely, were almost interchangeable -- mostly surf, sand, rock 'n roll and sex -- well, mostly innocent tease really. But what's most remembered is the hope -- false as it turned out -- that the voluptuous Annette would reveal a tad more skin. And then there's Bob Cummings in a patently false beard, Harvey Lembeck as the hyper and astonishingly old juvenile delinquent Eric Von Zipper. And of course the tassled Candy Johnson shaking her bikini'd booty over, or is it under, the credits.
In "Bikini Beach" Annette is now Dee Dee (must be an homage to Sandra Dee) and Frankie stretches his chops by playing two roles. He is his standard sex-crazed surfer guy and also the gap toothed (a nod toward Terry Thomas?) Brit singer potato Bug -- apparently a spoof on the Beatles (remember, this is 1964). A drag race is part of the action and there's an ape that surfs.
"Beach Blanket Bingo" what a great title) is probably the best of the bunch. The dialogue is almost witty. And of course there's the great stone faced silent clown Buster keaton doing his timeless bits of busines. (A burned out alcoholic's sad, haunting and poignant farewell to the genius of his youth.) Don Rickles gets a major break with a part that sealed his antagonistic comic persona. Annette show a little more flesh and Frankie has a tan. The rear projection surf shots are still laughable but the over-all photography is much better. Les Baxter's score is full of energy and the title tune is actually memorable and fun.
Most important is the appearance of the King Of The Surf Guitar, Dick Dale with his Del-Tones. You want real California surfer/beach scene authenticity? Just watch the sun-tanned, earring-wearing Dale playing his left-handed, upside-down strung, reverb-drenched Fender Strat and wailing about jumpin' in his woodie and hot-doggin' on his board at his "Secret Surfin' Spot" where the "gremmies and the hodads never go". Priceless. Dated? Of course. Entertaining? You betcha! You like Dick Dale? Get this film. The fact that Frankie and Annette were hip to him moves them up a few notches on the "cool-ometer". Hooting!!
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My class couldn't understand the actor's dance moves. The movie itself added to our discussion of the perils of suntanning & public swimming. GREAT FUN!Published 6 months ago by John Mezzavilla
It is amusing and somewhat silly. Its the perfect movies when you are not feeling good or you are depressed or just want a silly movie.Published 22 months ago by DJC
Most people today would find these movies a bit of a joke, but for those of us who grew up in the 60's and remember going to the old drive-ins, it is like a childhood treat that... Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2013 by Alec Cooper
As with most firsts the first film is the best as it has the fresh idea and is not rehashed. I may seem a little sophomoric these days but it filled a gap and reflected the music... Read morePublished on May 12 2007 by Bernie
Frankie Avalon stars in this fun movie.The movie has alot of fun and fun scenes.Frankie Avalon sings the theme song with Annette in the 1st scene of the movie. Read morePublished on May 1 2004
This is your typical 60's beach movie of the era. Robert Cummings is absolutely hilarious as the scientist who tries to figure out the teenagers of the day. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2002 by Amazon Customer