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Operation Bikini (1963)

 -  War | Drama  -  26 March 1963 (USA)
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With posters featuring a stylized-drawing of Eva Six in a bikini, a tagline reading..."Temptation in Paradise...neither hell nor high heels could stop them", and a Dream Sequence Technical ... See full summary »

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With posters featuring a stylized-drawing of Eva Six in a bikini, a tagline reading..."Temptation in Paradise...neither hell nor high heels could stop them", and a Dream Sequence Technical Adviser credit for Bob Marcucci, American-International once again proved it had no peers when it came to sleight-of-hand advertising selling a war-movie when war movies weren't selling. This one starts in the Pacific in 1943 when an American submarine staffed by the likes of Scott Brady, Jim Backus and Michael Dante (the old guns to get the old folks in) has a rendezvous with a cruiser to pick up an underwater demolition team comprised of the likes of Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon, Gary Crosby and Jody McCrea (the young turks to get the kids in, which probably only worked in Southern California), and there is conflict right off as the sub crew feels like they are being denied a chance to revenge the sinking of a sister sub because they have to deliver Tab and Frankie to an island on a super-secret ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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tab hunter leads a demolition team to bikini atoll in WWII
16 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Someone once wrote a fascinating essay on the subject of abject incompetence as unintentional surrealism, and anyone intrigued enough to want to see proof of that need look no further than Operation Bikini, a film that's so woefully awful it just may be the work of a genius none of us can understand and the world won't fully appreciate for decades. The film's stars are Frankie Avalon and Eva Six, who that same year made a film called Beach Party, and a number of teenagers went to see this low-budget WWII 'action' flick thinking that they were heading for surf city. Surprised there were no riots in the theatre. Though the film is in black and white, whenever Frankie, aboard a Naval ship heading to bikini atoll for an attack, dreams about his girl back home (why isn't she played by Annette?), the image is suddenly in color. He's tempted away from virginal purity by an island girl, but she's a California blonde! There's no reason why his character would sing (except that the non-singing character is played by a singer), but then again, Frankie broke into song in the middle of The Alamo, a far more prestigious picture, so why not here? There's another color sequence at the end, by the way, in which two California girls stroll along the beach in bikinis - which has nothing to do with the film other than the bathing suit was named after the atoll. All the big shooting scenes, on the sea and on land, are stock footage, and the black and white of them doesn't match with the film itself. Tab Hunter is the rugged (?!) commander who falls in love with the island girl they DO meet, Hungarian born Eva Six. She bites his hand, makes love to him at night, then dies (while nude, though you can't see anything) at the hands of Japanese soldiers who would rather machine gun her and three other lovelies than defend themselves from attacking Americans. This is either the most awful WWII movie ever made or some experimental form of avant garde cinema that, to date, no one has yet 'gotten.'

Richard Bakalyan


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