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Beach Party (1963)

"Beach Party" was the first of of a series of seven related AIP beach party films. The others are Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.

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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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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 »

Goofs

In the first scene at Big Daddy's - Dick Dale is seen with a large hoop ear ring as he plays the bongo drums and when he initially goes into the loft to play "Swingin' and a-Surfin" with the Del Tones. During the song, the camera goes from the dancing kids back to Dick Dale, but Dale is no longer wearing the ear ring. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Robert O. Sutwell: [flying DeeDee in his plane] Dolores, this is a great little plane, it will do anything.
Dolores: Will it land?
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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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Referenced in Back to the Beach (1987) See more »

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Treat Him Nicely
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Performed by Annette Funicello (uncredited)
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Let's Go Surfing Now, Let's Go Spying Now
5 June 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

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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