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Director:
Writers:
William Asher (story)
Robert Dillon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 March 1964 (USA) See more »
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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:
1 nomination See more »
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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After dinosaurs stalked and surfed the glass. 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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
This film was released in theaters only 2 days after cast member Peter Lorre died.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Julie:[signalling to the chopper pilot to land on the beach] Lower! Go lower!
S.Z. Matts:If we go any lower, we'll cut off their heads!
Julie:I'm not interested in their heads!
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Soundtrack:
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
After dinosaurs stalked and surfed the glass., 23 October 2006
Author: copper1963 from Staten Island, New York

A tidal wave of a surprise here: Director William Asher, on hiatus from the television show "Bewitched," delivers a tightly packed surf romp. Very interesting twist: "Little" Stevie Wonder appears and sings two songs, one with surf-guitar guru, Dick Dale--and his Dell Tones. Cowabonga. And that's not all. Frankie Avalon is the hero and he smokes. And it's pot! (Watch closely for this.) Groovy. He also sings and swings with a bevy of beauties in Morey Amsterdam's coffee house. But the biggest surprise for me was the performance by Buddy Hackett. Controlled. Sympathetic. How many times have you left the living room screaming after viewing Hackett, sometimes wearing a god awful-looking Neru jacket and maybe appearing on "Hollywood Squares" or the "Tonight Show, talking some totally incomprehensible nonsense that he thinks is funny? Plenty. But here he plays his role straight and it pays off. And in spades, too. Wannabe Bond Girl Lucianna Paluzzi, always underrated in my opinion, is superb as the spoiled "Contessa." She nails the tiresome, hoary part with an effusive zest for life. Down on the beach, the enemy is massing for battle. The muscle men have a cranky leader in Don Rickles. He is clever and devious, but the strong men fall squarely into the "knucklehead" category. Strangely, one fellow resembles Kevin James from "King of Queens" on the boob tube. Donna Loren, always a joy and no relation to Sophia, wails the title tune. She has a soulful sound and a much better "clause" in her contract than superstar Annette Funichello. How else could you explain the fact that Loren doesn't have to sport a swimsuit? Funichello has to model a sexy, white mesh-bikini. So enjoy the sun and music. And away we go all you surfers and beach bunnies. Surf's up!

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