Muscle Beach Party (1964)

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Local beach-goers find that their beach has been taken over by a businessman training a stable of body builders.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ashley ...
Jack Fanny
Peter Turgeon ...
Jody McCrea ...
Dick Dale ...
Candy Johnson ...
Flex Martian (as Rock Stevens)
Delores Wells ...
Himself (as Little Stevie Wonder)


Julie, a wealthy contessa managed by S.Z. Matts, wants muscle-man Flex Martin, trained by Jack Fanny, for her own - until she meets Frankie. Frankie's girl Dee Dee gets rightfully jealous and plans to avenge the Frankie-stealing contessa. Mr. Strangdour appears briefly as the king of the strongmen. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

25 March 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bikinis e músculos  »

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2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ~5.4 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~4.9 seconds. See more »


Frankie refers to the "people for people" line directly after the scene in which it is said. However, he had already left that scene entirely by the time it was said and couldn't have heard it. See more »


S.Z. Matts: How come you're in that cage protected, and I'm out here getting bumbed off?
Cappy: Sanctuary.
Julie: Sanctuary?
Cappy: Yeah, sanctuary from them. These beach kids. I had to build this thing to protect myself. I used to have a beautiful Cappy's place even more beautiful than this. And just last year, these beach kids completely demolished it and pretty near demolished me with it during a rumble all because of a stranger like you. Hey, you're not another one of those anthropologist explorers or something? A sex ...
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The producers extend special thanks to Mr. Peter Lorre for his contribution to this film as "Mr. Strangdour" soon to be seen in "BIKINI BEACH" See more »


Followed by Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) See more »


Muscle Beach Party
Lyrics and Music by Roger Christian, Gary Usher and Brian Wilson
Performed by Dick Dale and the Del Tones (as Dick Dale and His Del-Tones)
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Losing Some of its Zipper
30 August 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello witness the invasion of their beach - by a troupe of "Muscle Men" being trained by Don Rickles (as Jack Fanny). Buddy Hackett (as S. Z. Matts) wants "Muscle Man" Peter Lupus (using the name Rock Stevens) for his wealthy client Luciana Paluzzi (as Judy), but she gets a hankerin' for Frankie...

The soundtrack songs are a highlight, appropriately sounding like Brian Wilson's Beach Boys; moreover, Frankie and Annette are joined by Dick Dale and Stevie Wonder. Morey Amsterdam should have been retained as a series regular. The Eric Von Zipper motorcycle gang is missing. The regular players are still fresh, but the elements are not up to par, relatively speaking. It's a fair "Beach Party" film; obviously, it's not as good as the first.

*** Muscle Beach Party (3/25/64) William Asher ~ Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Don Rickles

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