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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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Frankie / Potato Bug
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Vivien Clements
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Big Drag
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Paul Smith ...
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Storyline

Millionaire Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III tries to prove to his colleague Vivian Clements that his chimp, Clyde, is more intelligent than American teenagers. Meanwhile Dee Dee is torn between Frankie and British recording star, the Potato Bug. Eric Von Zipper shows up to aid Harvey's anti-teen campaign. Big Drag shows up with others in a gag bit part. Written by alfiehitchie

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It's where the girls are BARE-ing... the guys are DAR-ing and the surf's RARE-ing to GO-GO-GO See more »


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22 July 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Praia dos Biquínis  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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Boris Karloff stepped in to replace his late friend Peter Lorre, who had passed away in March 1964, with production wrapped up in May for July release. See more »

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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 »

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[about Harvey Huntington Honeywagon]
Frankie: Can you belive it? The nerve of that guy!
Johnny: Yeah, he looked like something out of the Twilight Zone.
Deadhead: Imagine, comparing us to monkeys.
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Innocent charms and slapstick gags
15 June 2003 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Annette Funicello is probably the most over-dressed beach bunny to ever hit the sands, but she's a stitch in her scenes with Frankie Avalon (as surfer Frankie) and pop-singer The Potato Bug (Avalon again, in a Beatle wig, funny teeth and English accent). Their repartee makes this a charming piece of Americana, but the thing is so stuck in a sterile time-capsule it's nearly impossible to believe that teenagers once got a charge from it. Drag-racing is the newest craze, and the beach gang gets shown up once Keenan Wynn puts a chimp successfully behind the wheel of a hot rod. For racing aficionados, we get a glimpse of the Mantra Ray, a $50,000 all-aluminum experimental "dream rod" with a King Cobra Ford engine. Annette poses prettily beside it... *** from ****


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