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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:
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:
Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III:Imagine... boys and girls sleeping on the beach side-by-side, unchaperoned. Now what kind of society is it that would allow such a thing?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pitch (1997)See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Best of the Series, 6 June 2007
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

One tends to regard all the Frankie and Annette beach movies as interchangeable, but current viewers should find a lot more substance in "Bikini Beach" (1964) than in the others. And not just because the film holds up reasonably well and performs the time capsule function.

Most of the credit goes to the writers who probably realized this thing (as a sequel of sorts) was pre-sold and took a few chances with social commentary and satire that you normally don't see in an American International exploitation film. And "Bikini Beach" features a genuinely good soundtrack; with an absolute minimum of performances by Annette. In the satire and parody department there are a number of nice self-reflexive elements. The best of these being a parody of the Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand", performed by Frankie who doubles as a mop-headed British import named "The Potato Bug". Those who recall the British invasion remember that for every two screaming teenage fans there was at least one sulking boy who just didn't get it.

Then there is the "Wild Ones" parody including Harvey Lembeck's entrance on a motorcycle complete with a trophy tied to the handlebars. Finally there is a tribute to "The Hustler's" Minnesota Fats, a pool hall scene with a player named South Dakota Slim.

There are even social commentary themes. Keenan Wynn's "Harvey Honeywagon" drops his crusade against the partying surfer crowd once he starts getting it on with Martha Hyer. The idea being that uptight people are just frustrated at not getting any action. Of course the writers don't let the surfer off completely, as their surfing-dancing-drag racing lifestyle offers so little challenge that a trained ape can beat them at their own games.

As to the soundtrack, highlights include a great title song with the opening credits, the earliest Stevie Wonder performance you are likely to see, some nice stuff by the great Donna Loren (including another parody element-this time a secret agent spoof), and the Beatles parody already mentioned.

The real beauty of the Potato Bug character is that he replaces about half the Frankie/Annette stuff usually found in these movies. It's still Frankie and Annette but this time the scenes have some actual entertainment value.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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