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Beach Party -- An anthropologist studies the wild dating and mating habits of Malibu teenagers. When his research backfires, he goes off with his assistant, a woman closer to his own age.

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Writer:
Lou Rusoff (written by)
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Release Date:
7 August 1963 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
When 10,000 kids meet on 5,000 Beach Blankets ... something's bound to happen! See more »
Plot:
The first of the five official American-International "Beach Party" movies. Anthropology Professor Robert... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Let's Go Surfing Now, Let's Go Spying Now See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Robert Cummings ... Professor Sutwell (as Bob Cummings)

Dorothy Malone ... Marianne

Frankie Avalon ... Frankie

Annette Funicello ... Dolores

Morey Amsterdam ... Cappy

Harvey Lembeck ... Eric Von Zipper
Eva Six ... Ava
John Ashley ... Ken
Jody McCrea ... Deadhead
Dick Dale and the Del Tones ... Musicians
Andy Romano ... J.D.

Jerry Brutsche ... The Ratz
Bob Harvey ... The Ratz
John Macchia ... The Ratz
Alberta Nelson ... The Mice
Linda Rogers ... The Mice
David Landfield ... Ed

Valora Noland ... Rhonda
Bob Payne ... Tom (as Bobby Payne)
Pam Colbert ... Surfer
Delores Wells ... Sue
Johnny Fain ... Surfer (as John Fain)

Meredith MacRae ... Beach Girl
John Beach ... Beach Boy
Lorrie Summers (as Lorie Summers)
Roger Bacon ... Tour Guide
Luree Holmes (as Luree Nicholson)
Michael Nader ... Beach Boy (as Mike Nader)
Laura Nicholson ... Beach Girl
Mickey Dora ... Beach Boy
Donna Russell ... Surfer
Ed Garner ... Surfer (as Eddie Garner)
Candy Johnson ... Perpetual Motion Dancer

Vincent Price ... Big Daddy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duane Ament ... Big Boy (uncredited)
Marlo Baers ... Beach Girl (uncredited)
Brent Battin ... Beach Boy (uncredited)
Roger Christian ... Beach Boy (uncredited)
Sharon Garrett ... Brunette Yoga Girl (uncredited)
Ashlyn Martin ... Surfer (uncredited)
Bill Parker ... Beach Boy (uncredited)
Bill Slosky ... Beach Boy (uncredited)
Gary Usher ... Beach Boy (uncredited)

Yvette Vickers ... Blonde Yoga Girl (uncredited)
Susan Yardley ... Surfer (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Asher 
 
Writing credits
Lou Rusoff (written by)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Robert Dillon .... associate producer
James H. Nicholson .... producer
Lou Rusoff .... producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter (music score by)
 
Cinematography by
Kay Norton (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Homer Powell 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Corso 
 
Makeup Department
Scotty Rackin .... hairdresser
Carlie Taylor .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Agnew .... unit manager
Bartlett A. Carre .... production supervisor (as Bartlett A. Carré)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clark L. Paylow .... assistant director (as Clark Paylow)
Lew Borzage .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... properties
Ross Hahn .... construction coordinator
John Ceniga .... props (uncredited)
Richard M. Rubin .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred R. Bird .... sound editor (as Al Bird)
Don Rush .... sound
Carl Daniels .... sound assistant (uncredited)
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Elmer Norman .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Roger White .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ronnie Dayton .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Dora .... stunts (uncredited)
Johnny Fain .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Berkson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Craemer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Chet Fowler .... best boy (uncredited)
Clifford Hutchison .... gaffer (uncredited)
Richard A. Kelley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Joe Michelski .... grip (uncredited)
Larry Milton .... grip (uncredited)
Bob Simpson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Corso .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Thomas Welsh .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eve Newman .... music editor
Al Simms .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Jack W. Cash .... production assistant (as Jack Cash)
Lois O'Connor .... assistant to director
Jean Lippman .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
101 min | Germany:94 min (TV)
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Color:
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although "old fogey" Professor Sutwell knew nothing about beach life, actor Robert Cummings was a competent surfer himself, as documented in personal home movies shot in Hawaii by Hollywood's television host and author Ken Murray.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Cappy:Well, you came to the right cat. If anything you want to know about these kids I can tell you the whole thing in two words - they're nuts.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
Secret Surfin' SpotSee more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Let's Go Surfing Now, Let's Go Spying Now, 5 June 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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