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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, 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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When 10,000 Biceps go around 5,000 Bikinis... you KNOW what's gonna happen! See more »

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25 March 1964 (USA)  »

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Bikinis e músculos  »

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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 »

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Julie: [signalling to the chopper pilot to land on the beach] Lower! Go lower!
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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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"Leisurely" pace, and an actual story
27 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Beach movie actually tells a story, asking the question - would Frankie be happier surfing all over the world as the singing protégé of a rich woman who wasn't Dee-Dee? But don't worry - it's conveyed in short snatches of hipster-y dialog ("Solid-gold surf boards don't float too well!") between songs, hijinx, and some well-edited surfing footage.

Enjoy the "leisurely" pace - footage of the kids' cars arriving at the beach, establishing shots of the beach at night, even the kids settling in for a night of sleeping and no hanky-panky... (Frankie doesn't believe it, either.) Annette gets another good slow song - which, unfortunately, Frankie also decides to sing later on. Frankie's fast song is better,and Stevie Wonder sings a joyful "Happy Street". (And then sings it again in the closing credits.) I just wish Dick Dale had done a guitar solo instead of singing..

Buddy Hackett is a lot of fun, but also gets a poignant point-making monologue at the end. Peter Lorre does one of the better end-of-the-movie cameos as "the Boss," and there's the usual turns by Don Rickles and Morey Amsterdam. For the ladies, there's a line of genuine California beach muscle-men, including future "Grizzly Adams" star Dan Haggerty. (He jiggles his chest muscles and whistles!)

And I think Annette is actually wearing a two-piece!


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