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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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Professor Sutwell (as Bob Cummings)
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Marianne
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Eva Six ...
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Ken
Jody McCrea ...
Dick Dale and the Del Tones ...
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J.D.
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The Ratz
Bob Harvey ...
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John Macchia ...
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Alberta Nelson ...
The Mice
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Sucedió en la playa  »

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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 »

Quotes

[Eric Von Zipper's motorcycle run away and crashes]
J.D.: You did it again, boss.
Eric Von Zipper: You stupid, fix it!
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Connections

Followed by Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Swingin' and a-Surfin'
by Gary Usher and Roger Christian
Performed by Dick Dale and the Del Tones (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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