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Muscle Beach Party (1964)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  25 March 1964 (USA)
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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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Julie
John Ashley ...
Johnny
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Jack Fanny
Peter Turgeon ...
Theodore
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Dick Dale ...
Himself
Candy Johnson ...
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Flex Martian (as Rock Stevens)
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Delores Wells ...
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Donna
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Himself (as Little Stevie Wonder)
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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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Comedy | Musical

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25 March 1964 (USA)  »

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This is the only film in the series not to feature Eric Von Zipper and his gang the Rats. See more »

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A helicopter is hovering over the beach. It is shown equipped with pontoons but its shadow clearly and repeatedly shows a helicopter with metal rails for landing gear. See more »

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[watches the climatic rumble betweent the beach bums and muscle maniacs]
Cappy: Oh no! They're not gonna wreck my place again?
[a beach bum is flung over a table, breaking it]
Cappy: [depressed tone] Oh, yes they are.
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References Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) See more »

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My First Love
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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10,000 biceps meet 5,000 bikinis...
2 October 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Despite lots of musclemen in the supporting cast, "Muscle Beach Party" could maybe use some steroids. The first follow-up to "Beach Party" is somewhat lackluster and talky, and the pacing drags. Frankie (Frankie Avalon) and Dee Dee (Annette Funicello, no longer 'Dolores') feud over another woman who's out to snare the cocky surfer-boy (when Annette tells Frankie how selfish he is and that all he ever does is 'take', the film touches on some surprisingly prickly teen emotions). But the witty lines and funny repartee of "Beach Party" have mostly been replaced by wan slapstick and too many characters (and too much of Don Rickles). Candy Johnson does her version of dancing ("man, she's really got the power!"), "Little" Stevie Wonder sings "Clap Your Hands", and the surfing footage is fun, but Harvey Lembeck's Eric Von Zipper is AWOL (there wasn't room for him, what with Luciana Paluzzi as a millionairess, Buddy Hackett as her manager, and a dozen musclemen lining the beach). Annette is lovely singing forlornly as Frankie paddles out to sea, but she's far too patient with him (in one scene alone, he makes up with her, then drops her, then makes up again!). Not the strongest entry in the series, but still not bad. **1/2 from ****


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