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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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The perfect summer when the urge meets the surge! See more »


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7 August 1963 (USA)  »

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Sucedió en la playa  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Professor Sutwell gives his first names as Robert Orville - the same as Robert Cummings's own adopted names. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, when Frankie and Delores are driving down the paved highway, a shot from a distance shows a somewhat narrow (two-lane) road with the opposite lane a dark asphalt. Seconds later, a more close-up cab scene shows a much wider highway with no dark asphalt on the opposite side. See more »

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[at the arrival of Eric Von Zipper and his Rat Pack]
Cappy: Just what we need, the black plague!
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(First Screen after Director's credits) "Special Thanks to Vincent Price as Big Daddy..." (Next screen) "Soon to be seen in Edgar Allen Poe's "Haunted Palace" See more »

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Treat Him Nicely
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Performed by Annette Funicello (uncredited)
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Has immense charm and likability about it
11 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I find it very difficult not to like Beach Party. While it may seem dated by today's standards, it is interesting to see surfing done this way and how people acted and I thought it added to its charm. My only real problem with Beach Party actually is the banal subplot between Sutwell and Marianne that seemed to come from a completely different movie altogether. Bob Cummings however is very likable, and Dorothy Malone is resourceful with some nice lines. Her character may seem somewhat worthless compared to this subplot, but not because of her performance. The rest of the performances are also fine, Harvey Lembeck seems to be enjoying himself, and the leads Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello(it's easy why anybody would have a crush on her) are really charming and sweet. Vincent Price also has a nice if brief cameo. The film looks colourful, and the soundtrack is very catchy and drives it wonderfully. The pacing is zippy, the characters are appealing and the story is rarely dull. The dialogue has its wit and fun too, if perhaps very of the time. All in all, charming, likable and fun, very difficult not to enjoy regardless of whether it's perfect or not. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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