A millionaire sets out to prove his theory that his pet chimpanzee is as intelligent as the teenagers who hang out on the local beach, where he is intending to build a retirement home.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie / Potato Bug
Vivien Clements
Big Drag
Candy Johnson ...
Danielle Aubry ...
Lady Bug
Delores Wells ...
Sniffles (as Dolores Wells)
Paul Smith ...
Cop #1
Cop #2
Himself (as Little Stevie Wonder)


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Release Date:

22 July 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Praia dos Biquínis  »

Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Big Drag's talking hawk is named Frieda. See more »


When Honeywagon photographs Big Drag and Clyde in the beach hangout, many of the cast members are seen both standing and sitting between scenes. See more »


[Seeing that Eric von Zipper of the Malibu Rat Pack is frozen in motion]
Frankie: Hey you guys, the battle's over! Von Zipper's stoned again!
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in Full House: Joey Goes Hollywood (1991) See more »


How About That
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Performed by The Pyramids (uncredited) and Frankie Avalon (uncredited)
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This Is A Classic
30 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I think Avalon's duel role was played nicely but Funicello could have been played better in her role to show to differences in their perception of each other.

Someone said Avalon was one of the hottest singers in America but I think that's not the case as not many people have heard of him these days.

Bikini Beach seems to be like a beach party turned into a film and is really one of the inspirations of future beach parties. I honestly believe this film made way for future generations. It's a shame they don't do classic entertainment and humour like this anymore.

Ms. Funicello's solo was very entertaining though! I noticed that a lot of the bikinis in this film look familiar to that Talinda range I saw over at buybikini.org I wonder if they based their designs on this movie. I agree with another reviewer that Candy Johnson was past her prime here but I would still date her given the chance. Oh well I can keep dreaming, all in all I give this an eight and think it's worth watching if you have a couple of hours to burn.

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