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Director:
Writers:
William Asher (story)
Robert Dillon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 March 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
SPREAD THOSE BEACH BLANKETS! See more »
Plot:
Local beach-goers find that their beach has been taken over by a businessman training a stable of body builders. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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NewsDesk:
(79 articles)
Annette Funicello obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 10 April 2013, 2:18 AM, PDT)

Annette Funicello Passes Away at Age 70
 (From MovieWeb. 8 April 2013, 2:57 PM, PDT)

Annette Funicello Dies at 70
 (From Manny the Movie Guy. 8 April 2013, 11:15 AM, PDT)

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On the Menu: Steamed Muscles over Italian Pasta tossed in Suntan Oil served with Dr. Pepper See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frankie Avalon ... Frankie

Annette Funicello ... Dee Dee

Luciana Paluzzi ... Julie
John Ashley ... Johnny

Don Rickles ... Jack Fanny
Peter Turgeon ... Theodore
Jody McCrea ... Deadhead
Dick Dale ... Himself
Candy Johnson ... Candy

Peter Lupus ... Flex Martian (as Rock Stevens)

Valora Noland ... Animal
Delores Wells ... Sniffles

Donna Loren ... Donna

Morey Amsterdam ... Cappy

Stevie Wonder ... Himself (as Little Stevie Wonder)

Buddy Hackett ... S.Z. Matts
Bob Seven ... Rock - Muscle Man
Larry Scott ... Riff - Muscle Man
Steve Merjanian ... Tug - Muscle Man
Chester Yorton ... Sulk - Muscle Man

Dan Haggerty ... Biff - Muscle Man
Gene Shuey ... Mash - Muscle Man
Gordon Case ... Clod - Muscle Man
Alberta Nelson ... Lisa - Muscle Girl
Amadee Chabot ... Flo - Muscle Girl
Duane Ament ... Beach Boy
Gary Usher ... Beach Boy
Guy Hemric ... Beach Boy
Roger Christian ... Beach Boy
Ashlyn Martin ... Beach Girl (as Laura Lynn)
Luree Holmes ... Beach Girl
Lorrie Summers ... Beach Girl (as Lorie Summers)
Darlene Lucht ... Beach Girl
Maureen O'Connor ... Beach Girl
Mike Diffenderfer ... Surfer Boy
Michael Nader ... Surfer Boy (as Mike Nader)
Ed Garner ... Surfer Boy
Charles Hasley ... Surfer Boy
Mickey Dora ... Surfer Boy
Johnny Fain ... Surfer Boy (as John Fain)
Bill Graham ... Surfer Boy
Larry Shaw ... Surfer Boy
Duane King ... Surfer Boy
Charles Van Artsdalen ... Surfer Boy

Linda Bent ... Surfer Girl (as Linda Opie)
Salli Sachse ... Surfer Girl
Patricia Rane ... Surfer Girl
Kathy Kessler ... Surfer Girl

Mary Hughes ... Surfer Girl
Linda Benson ... Surfer Girl

Peter Lorre ... Mr. Strangdour
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Del-Tones ... Themselves
Bill Kazmeier ... Body builder (uncredited)

Directed by
William Asher 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Asher  story
Robert Dillon  screenplay
Robert Dillon  story

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Robert Dillon .... producer
James H. Nicholson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
Harold E. Wellman  (as Harold Wellman)
 
Film Editing by
Fred R. Feitshans Jr.  (as Fred Feitshans)
Eve Newman 
 
Art Direction by
Lucius O. Croxton 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Corso 
 
Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist
Betty Pedretti .... hair stylist
 
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 .... property master
Ross Hahn .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Kay Rose .... sound editor
Don Rush .... sound
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Pat Dinga .... special effects
 
Stunts
Linda Benson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Ronnie Dayton .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Dora .... stunts (uncredited)
Johnny Fain .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Jacobsen .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Al Simms .... music coordinator
Lloyd Young .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Jack W. Cash .... production assistant (as Jack Cash)
John Monte .... choreographer
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
Rose Marie Reid .... swim suits
Phil Sauers .... surfing coordinator (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
94 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
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Trivia:
Mary Hughes's film debut.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the fight scene, one of the surfer dudes manages to knock a muscle guy through a wall in front of a yellow surfboard and red-topped table. When Candy starts dancing, the second guy she "bumps" goes through that same, now undamaged, wall in front of the same yellow surfboard and red-topped table.See more »
Quotes:
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 maniac maybe?
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Movie Connections:
References La Dolce Vita (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Surfer's HolidaySee more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
On the Menu: Steamed Muscles over Italian Pasta tossed in Suntan Oil served with Dr. Pepper, 25 October 2004
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

No one sits down (or should sit down) to a Beach Party film expecting anything high-brow or even challenging. These are the epitome of fluff, corniness and escapism. Title credits play out over a kooky, mildly amusing drawing of various caricatures soaking up the sun and sand then the stars of the film (Avalon and Funicello) and their cronies are shown en route to the beach. Immediately, it's clear how times have changed as the teens are crammed into old-time convertibles with more than a few of the kids hanging onto the sides or backs of the vehicles with nary a seatbelt in sight! Without even stopping off to the bathroom to brush their teeth, the kids set up their patchwork of sleeping bags on the floor of the hacienda (with a couple of hanging blankets separating the girls from the boys!) As the gaggle of kids begins to surf and sun themselves into heaven, a parade of beefy, tan, oily bodybuilders comes out to strut their stuff. When the coach (Rickles) steps on one of the beach bums' towels, a rivalry is kicked off with one of the teens (Ashley) unwillingly providing the demarcation line of the beach with his behind! From a fancy yacht anchored offshore, heiress Paluzzi sets her sights on the most prime slab of body-building beef (Lupus) and enlists her helper (Hackett) to secure him for her. Before she can even recover from an evening in the considerable arms of Lupus, however, she's already moved on to scrawny, but cute Avalon, much to Funicello's dismay. From here, things get increasingly complicated (and silly) as the film builds to an all-out fracas at Amsterdam's night club. Naturally, it all works out in the end with everyone winding up happy. Interspersed with the shenanigans are several musical numbers, some better than others. Various songs come out of people's mouths while their sitting on the wide open beach, yet they sound like they were recorded in the bottom of a steel barrel. Avalon is as tan and boyishly handsome as ever, even if his character can sometimes be a real lout. Funicello has a few amusingly indignant moments as she lays into Paluzzi for stealing her man. Oh, and her hair moves once or twice during the course of the film, too. Paluzzi (at about the 12 minute mark on her 15 minutes of fame) gets to wear a few fun 60's get-ups and tries to inject a little feeling into her man-eating role. Fans of Rickles and Hackett may derive some pleasure out of seeing them in action. Rickles seems to get more opportunities to mug here than Hackett. There's a lot of eye candy for both men and women. Lupus and his muscular friends are often seen in TIGHT satin shorts and Ashley is always cute. Funicello wears a mesh two piece that shows why IL' Walt Disney was nervous to let her be seen in a bikini. No one anywhere, ever, danced like Johnson. She goes bananas in a couple of fringed outfits. The camera lingers occasionally on some healthy, nubile young bodies in motion. These films can provide some real surprises now that a little time has passed. For one thing, everyone assumes that these flicks are squeaky clean, and they are, but Avalon is shown smoking (Smoking!) Also, the lily white cast really tears into Paluzzi with all sorts of slurs towards her Italian background, continuously referring to pasta and pizza where she's concerned.

Then there's the ungodly product placement, which many people feel is a more modern hazard of the cinema. Every other frame has someone drinking or standing next to Dr. Pepper! As for the music, Wonder does an admirable job in his first film appearance, but everything that comes out of Dale's mouth is worthless. He can't sing and has no charisma at all. Future celebs Nader and Haggarty can be glimpsed in the beach and bodybuilder scenes, respectively. Lorre had intended to appear in the next Beach Party sequel but died before he could do so.

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