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
Shameless self-promotion.. at one point Dorothy Malone says to Robert Cummings, "I hope you keep the picture rights, sell it to American International and make a fortune!" referring to the very studio that made "Beach Party". See more »
At the end when Von Zipper says "I will return!" to the beach gang, it's still daylight. But seconds before, the gang is gathered around a campfire and it's pitch dark. See more »
Before there was Baywatch we had the Beach Party movies and this one was the one that started it all.
Robert Cummings must have seen Lover Come Back where Rock Hudson had a full growth of beard and Doris Day mistook for a scientist. Cummings must have liked the look as a scientist because he uses it here in portraying an anthropologist studying teenage mating habits.
Where better than Malibu and who better for study than Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and their friends?
The same innocence of the years before November of 1963 is there, this film's not quite as surreal as the later successors. It's like The Road to Singapore which established the formula for those Crosby/Hope films, but hadn't descended yet into the zaniness that characterized the later ones.
It all works out quite nicely and it was nice Dorothy Malone was around for Bob Cummings although the poor woman had very little to do in this film. My favorite in these film is Harvey Lembeck as Erich Von Zipper, the motorcycle gang leader. He's a Marlon Brando wannabe.
Beach Party does kind of take me back to my teen years.
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