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The first of the five official American-International "Beach Party" movies. Anthropology Professor Robert Orwell Sutwell and his secretary Marianne are studying the sex habits of teenagers.... See full summary »

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The first of the five official American-International "Beach Party" movies. Anthropology Professor Robert Orwell Sutwell and his secretary Marianne are studying the sex habits of teenagers. The surfing teens led by Frankie and Dee Dee don't have much sex but they sing, battle the motorcycle rats and mice led by Eric Von Zipper and dance to Dick Dale and the Del Tones. Look for Big Daddy's surprise cameo. Written by alfiehitchie

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When 10,000 kids meet on 5,000 Beach Blankets ... something's bound to happen! See more »


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7 August 1963 (USA)  »

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A Praia dos Amores  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Average Shot Length = ~7.1 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.4 seconds. See more »

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When Sutwell succeeds in surfing, the long shots show him with his cap still on. In close-ups he is bareheaded. See more »

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Prof. Robert O. Sutwell: Marianne, this book will be my triumph.
Marianne: And you'll never get it though the mail. But hang on to the picture rights, I'm sure American International will snap it up in a minute.
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References The Haunted Palace (1963) See more »

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Secret Surfin' Spot
by Gary Usher and Roger Christian
Performed by Dick Dale and the Del Tones (uncredited)
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Sand, girls, rock 'n' roll, girls, surfing, girls, etc.
8 November 2004 | by (Toms River, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Okay, I'm a sucker for ALL the old "Beach Party" movies, starring Frankie and Annette. How 'bout that? They're like Fred and Ginger, Hope and Crosby and William Powell and Myrna Loy: They're icons! This movie, the ORIGINAL "Beach Party," is the BEST of the lot if you're asking me. Besides Frankie and Annette, Bob Cummings and Oscar winner ("Written on the Wind") Dorothy Malone, also star. I can't believe that someone on this thread actually described the WONDERFUL Bob Cummings as "offensive." Apparently, this person NEVER saw this actor on his old "Love that Bob" TV sitcom from the '50's. I did. A more lighthearted and fun actor I've never seen; decidedly NOT "offensive."

THIS movie is just like the old Beach Boys song, "Fun, Fun, Fun." NOTHING to take seriously. Pure fluff, just like the old Doris Day and Rock Hudson comedies from a more innocent time. Not too much in the way of plot (hot-blooded and red-blooded American girls and boys, sand, surfing, rock 'n' roll, a little harmless sex (c'mon, this IS 1963!), a couple of middle-agers (Bob and Dorothy) and the most tame, inept and funny "outlaw" motorcycle gang you've EVER seen! Also, a GREAT supporting cast: Morey Amsterdam, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Eva Six and EVEN Vincent Price!

Look, upon reaching puberty, Annette Funicello was my very first "crush." I'm 55, now, and I STILL love her! This movie didn't re-define the American cinema, but there are FAR worse ways to kill 101 minutes!


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