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Director:
Writers:
William Asher (screenplay) &
Leo Townsend (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 July 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's where every torso is more so, and bare-as-you-dare is the rule! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Arguably the second best film in the series See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frankie Avalon ... Frankie / Potato Bug

Annette Funicello ... Dee Dee

Martha Hyer ... Vivien Clements

Don Rickles ... Big Drag

Harvey Lembeck ... Eric Von Zipper

John Ashley ... Johnny

Jody McCrea ... Deadhead
Candy Johnson ... Candy
Danielle Aubry ... Lady Bug

Meredith MacRae ... Animal
Delores Wells ... Sniffles (as Dolores Wells)

Paul Smith ... Cop #1

James Westerfield ... Cop #2

Donna Loren ... Donna

Stevie Wonder ... Himself (as Little Stevie Wonder)
The Pyramids ... Themselves - Club Band
The Exciters Band ... Themselves - Club Band

Janos Prohaska ... Clyde the Chimp

Timothy Carey ... South Dakota Slim
Val Warren ... The Teenage Werewolf Monster

Keenan Wynn ... Harvey Huntington Honeywagon
Mary Kovacs ... Old Lady #1

Renie Riano ... Old Lady #2

Sheila MacRae ... Secretary (as Sheila Stephenson)
Ronnie Dayton ... Potato Bug
Alberta Nelson ... Rat Pack
Linda Rogers ... Rat Pack
John Macchia ... Rat Pack
Bob Harvey ... Rat Pack

Andy Romano ... Rat Pack

Jerry Brutsche ... Rat Pack
Allen Fife ... Rat Pack
Guy Hemric ... Surfer
Gary Usher ... Surfer
Roger Christian ... Surfer
Frank Alesia ... Surfer
Johnny Fain ... Surfer

Mickey Dora ... Surfer
Duane King ... Surfer

Michael Nader ... Surfer (as Mike Nader)
Ned Wynn ... Surfer
Ed Garner ... Surfer
Bud Kemp ... Surfer
Jay Mullin ... Surfer
Luree Holmes ... Beach Girl
Darlene Lucht ... Beach Girl

Mary Hughes ... Beach Girl
Salli Sachse ... Beach Girl
Linda Benson ... Beach Girl
Nancy Long ... Beach Girl

Linda Bent ... Beach Girl
Patti Chandler ... Beach Girl
Julie O'Conner ... Beach Girl

Boris Karloff ... The Art Dealer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Elizabeth Montgomery ... Lady Bug (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by
William Asher 
 
Writing credits
William Asher (screenplay) &
Leo Townsend (screenplay) &
Robert Dillon (screenplay)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer
Anthony Carras .... co-producer
James H. Nicholson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby 
 
Film Editing by
Fred R. Feitshans Jr.  (as Fred Feitshans)
Eve Newman 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Corso 
 
Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist
Eve Newing .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Joe Wonder .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Carras .... second unit director
Clark L. Paylow .... assistant director (as Clark Paylow)
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... properties
Ross Hahn .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Kay Rose .... sound editor (as Kathleen Rose)
Don Rush .... sound
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
Joe Zomar .... special effects (as Joe Zonar)
 
Stunts
Linda Benson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Ronnie Dayton .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Dora .... stunts (uncredited)
Johnny Fain .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy Ivo .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Furlow .... designer: men's sportswear
 
Music Department
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Al Simms .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack W. Cash .... production assistant (as Jack Cash)
Von Deming .... technicial advisor: West Coast Go-Kart Champion
Tommy Ivo .... technical advisor
Tom Mahoney .... choreographer
Phil Sauers .... surfing coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Stan Adams .... thanks: publicity director, The Pomona Brags
Keith Black .... thanks: designer, Frieda
Chuck Griffiths .... thanks: business manager, The Pomona Brags
Dean Jeffries .... thanks: designer, Manta Ray
Boris Karloff .... special thanks: actor, The Art Dealer
Don Prudhomme .... thanks: designer, Frieda
Ron Root .... thanks: secretary board of directors, The Pomona Brags (as Lieutenant Ron Root)
Larry Stelling .... thanks: designer, Britannica
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
99 min
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Color:
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:G | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate 20735)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Racer TV Tommy Ivo was the technical advisor.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Shadow of boom mic can be seen on Potato Bug's tent as Dee Dee is talking with him.See more »
Quotes:
[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.
Frankie:Deadhead, you may be the missing link.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pitch (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
Gimme Your Love, Yeah Yeah YeahSee more »

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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Arguably the second best film in the series, 17 September 2002
Author: mmarshal

O.K., O.K., I must take some exception with the two prior reviews in this thread. Bikini Beach has a lot more going for it those pieces implied.

First, Frankie Avalon finally earned his AIP pay in this picture. While I really don't care for his 60s greaser college kid character in most of the other beach Party movies, here his dual roles (as "Frankie" the surfer who takes Dee Dee (Annette) for granted and as English invasion artist the "Potato Bug") are enjoyable to watch. He shows his reach as an actor far beyond what one would expect in a B movie like this.

Secondly, for anyone interested in the history of drag racing, the strip scenes are interesting; textbook mid 60s drag environment. Few if any other examples of that are available in American film.

Third, the music. Much better than what was in the movie that preceded it ("Muscle Beach Party" was one of the weakest of the series in terms of music) and many that followed. In Bikini Beach, you get to hear Annette sing a duet of a Styner-Hemrick ballad ("Because You're You") with Avalon that is good (if you have a copy of her Bikini Beach LP, her solo version of this song on it is arguably one of the most hauntingly beautiful recordings she ever made). The "house club band" at Big Daddy's in this film is the Pyramids, arguably one of the better now-forgotten west coast groups that played the role of the house band in these movies. Their instrumental version of "Fingertips" is classic early 60's surf instrumental. And a very young Stevie Wonder actually appears at the end.

Fourth, the infamous Candy Johnson (the fringe-wearing, wild blond go-go dancer character who, with the swish of her hips, could put a man in a daze and send him flying through the air) finally comes of age in this movie, the club fight scenes actually feature her. As do the closing credits, where she fractures the camera lens at the end.

Does all this make "Bikini Beach" a work of art? Heavens. no, but it's a heck of a lot better than Muscle Beach Party, Pajama Party, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and the Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. In other words, out of the seven AIP Beach Party Movies, this is definitely in the top two or three (only bettered by Beach Blanket Bingo and arguably Beach Party).



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