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Muscle Beach Party -- A wealthy Italian countess descends on the beach to ensnare Flex Martian, winner of a Mr. Galaxy contest. But when she transfers her affections to Frankie Avalon, Annette is disgusted and war is ignited between the muscles and the surfers. Music, dancing and surfing on the beaches of California.

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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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10,000 biceps meet 5,000 bikinis... See more (24 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 Nelson .... 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 verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Butler-Glouner (photographic special effects) (as Butler-Glouner Inc.)
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95 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:
Dee Dee:I have just one question. Did you kiss him because he's lovable, or because he's the only man on the beach?
Julie:Because he looked hungry. His last meal obviously didn't satisfy him.
Dee Dee:Oh, it's a good thing you happended along. I'm sure you could cater supper to an entire army.
Frankie:Now that's in bad taste.
Julie:Oh, no. One man at a time. I like to be a devoted chef.
Dee Dee:But right now you're serving a lot of free meals. Sort of a one-woman bread line.
Frankie:Ooo, that's smart!
Julie:[getting angry] I can afford it!
Dee Dee:Then he must be of your charity cases!
Frankie:Hold on, the football here would like to say something.
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Movie Connections:
References La Dolce Vita (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Runnin' WildSee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
10,000 biceps meet 5,000 bikinis..., 2 October 2005
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

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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