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22 July 1964 (USA) See more »
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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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Cast

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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 ... First Club Band
The Exciters Band ... Second Club Band
Janos Prohaska ... Clyde

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  &
Leo Townsend  and
Robert Dillon 

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer
Anthony Carras .... co-producer
James H. Nicholson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby (photography by)
 
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 M. Falkinburg .... 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)
 
Music Department
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Al Simms .... music coordinator
 
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)
 

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99 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
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The 4 engine dragster was owned by Tommy Ivo. The car was named the Showboat. It was powered by four 454 c.d.i. Hilborn injected Nailhead Buick engines. The dragster weighed 3555 lbs. The four engines combined to make about 1700 horsepower. Revell made a 1/25 model of the car.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While Stevie Wonder is performing his song, he can also be seen standing next to Big Drag by the stage.See more »
Quotes:
[Eric Von Zipper's motorcycle once again runs away and crashes]
J.D.:You did it again, boss.
Eric Von Zipper:You stupid, fix it!
J.D.:[to another rat pack member] Hey, stupid! Fix it!
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References The Wild One (1953)See more »
Soundtrack:
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Beatle Over a Potato Bug, 11 April 2008
Author: wes-connors from Earth

It's a colorful southern California summer of 1964.

Frankie Avalon (as Frankie) hears nature calling him to Annette Funicello (as Dee Dee); but, she hears only wedding bells. In short order, the "Beach Party" gang goes ga-ga over popular English superstar Frankie Avalon (in a dual role, as "The Potato Bug"), arriving to fill out a romantic triangle for Mr. Avalon and Ms. Funicello. Newspaperman Keenan Wynn (as Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III) is also on hand; accompanied by his ape "Clyde" (Janos Prohaska); Mr. Wynn sets out to prove the "sexually preoccupied" teenagers are akin to monkeys. Adult beauty Martha Hyer (as Vivian Clements) thinks Avalon and company are just having a good time. Don Rickles (as Big Drag) and Harvey Lembeck (as Eric Von Zipper) help add drag racing and motorcycle fun.

Returning more to the initial entry's "Beach Party" formula makes "Bikini Beach" an improvement over the series' recent dip into "Muscle Beach Party". The script is relatively snappy, and amusing. "Clyde" and "Frieda" have a great scene together; for example, when "Clyde" plays with Rickles' bird, in the dragster's beer joint (strictly for kids, Rickles explains, as he serves only beer and soda). Avalon's dual role is nicely played; and it is a timely, welcome nod to the mid-sixties musical "British invasion". Funicello, with a decent amount of navel displayed, is always charming; however, the added hair was unnecessary. The regular "teenagers" are attractive, and Ms. Hyer performs exceptionally well.

Director William Asher uses bewitching wife Elizabeth Montgomery well; she reads the beginning of a newspaper article, and voices the French "Lady Bug". Despite the presence of Stevie Wonder, the Pyramids, and the Exciters; performing songs by the usual writers, the soundtrack is derivative, and unmemorable. Look for Gary Usher, Roger Christian, and Mike Nader among the "Beach Boys". Mr. Nader once told me he was in these movies, and now I see him.

****** Bikini Beach (7/22/64) William Asher ~ Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Martha Hyer, Don Rickles

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