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Release Date:
22 July 1964 (USA) See more »
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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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Finally! Annette is Smart, Sexy and Slightly Dangerous. See more (20 total) »

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
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Elizabeth Montgomery ... Lady Bug (uncredited) (voice)
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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 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)
 
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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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Honeywagon photographs Big Drag and Clyde in the beach hangout, many of the cast members are both seen standing and sitting down between scenes.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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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Finally! Annette is Smart, Sexy and Slightly Dangerous., 2 May 2005
Author: Bob-45 from Savannah, GA

We red-blooded males who followed Annette Funicello's career from the time she was a nubile Mousketeer will be especially enamored of "Bikini Beach," a superior entry in the, admittedly, mediocre "Beach Party" series. For once, Annette gets to play smart, sexy and slightly dangerous, possessing more than a passing interest in sex. Gone, thank goodness, is her usual "Doris Day with mild PMS" persona. I have a strong suspicion this is closer to the "real" Annette, here. I certainly hope so. Even Annette's singing is very good. I wish AIP would've sprung for the bucks to give "Bikini" better choreography. Annette, a trained dancer would have impressed even more. Annette's swimsuit is even more revealing than usual, about as close to a bikini as "Papa Disney" would allow her to wear.

While the script, as usual, plays as if it were cribbed from the back of a cereal box, the gentle ribbing of British rock stars, modern art and drag racing are a welcome change from the usual "Beach Party" dross. Martha Hyer is along and provides some classy, mature-sexy glamor. "Bikini" even has a cameo by a very young Stevie Wonder. While Frankie Avalon won't win any acting awards, his alter-ego, "Potato Bug" is certainly a less annoying character than Mike Meyers' execrable "Austin Powers". Even Don Rickles is along, playing a character named "Big Drag," a gentle pun on Don "Big Daddy" Garlits, a well-known drag racer and auto customizer of the era. Too bad, Rickles doesn't get to cut lose with his usual wise guy humor. Guess AIP was too cheap to spring for that.

While no work of art, "Bikini Beach" is more than just watchable. It's actually, at times, enjoyable. I give "Bikini Beach" a weak "6".

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