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Pajama Party (1964)

Gogo, a Martian teenager, is sent to Earth to prepare the way for an invasion. The first Earthling he meets, one Aunt Wendy, is a rich widow who runs a dress shop catering to teenagers. Her... See full summary »

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Gogo, a Martian teenager, is sent to Earth to prepare the way for an invasion. The first Earthling he meets, one Aunt Wendy, is a rich widow who runs a dress shop catering to teenagers. Her nephew, Big Lunk, is a volleyball-loving guy with little interest in romance, which causes frustration for his girlfriend Connie. Naturally, Gogo meets Connie and they fall in love. Meanwhile, Aunt Wendy's shady neighbor and his gang concoct a scheme to part Aunt Wendy from her cash. Also meanwhile, the local motorcycle gang wants revenge on the volleyball players for... getting footprints on their beach. Somehow all the subplots come together at the pajama party. Written by George S. Davis

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11 November 1964 (USA)  »

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The Maid and the Martian  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Frequently referred to as an entry in the "Beach Party" film series, with the relatively brief appearances of Harvey Lembeck as Eric Von Zipper and Candy Johnson as Candy supporting that, the fact that major players Annette Funicello, Jody McCrea and Don Rickles are not in their usual roles (Connie, Big Lunk and Big Bang [a Martian] here instead of Dolores/Dee Dee [a nickname], Bonehead and Jack Fanny/Big Drag/Big Drop [the man kept changing his "name" with his career] in the other movies, respectively) suggests the contrary with much more strength. However similar the characterizations are, they are at least nominally different characters. See more »

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During the chase scenes, the woman who lands on J.D.'s motorcycle is seen on the back of the motorcycle minutes before she actually lands on the back of the cycle. See more »

Quotes

Big Bang The Martian: [Talking about Go-Go the Martian to Socum] It's not that I don't like him, it's just I can't stand him!
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Followed by Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) See more »

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Where Did I Go Wrong
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Performed by Dorothy Lamour (uncredited)
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I would watch this JUST for the scene with both Terri Garr and Toni Basil.
18 May 2012 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I LOVE this film, particularly the scene at the dress store, with Dorothy Lamour.

Yes, the 2nd model out, IS the one and only Terri Garr. The last dancer out - the one doing the INCREDIBLE 'Swim,' is Ms. Toni Basil.

These two women have a combined history (which might've started here. Does anyone know?), as, it was shortly after this film, that Terri became a dancer on the late, great ShInDiG!, with Toni as both a dancer and choreographer.

I saw some reviews here which were practically out for blood in their negativity, their dislike of this film.

The one that stuck in my craw, was the person who said they were in high school (in LA) at the time, and this film was so bad, they couldn't sit through it - 'FIVE(?!?!) times.'

O - kaaaaay.

While it's true, it's not the best, it does have things going for it, starting with Tommy Kirk, who I've always liked. I can only imagine how he felt, to basically be given the 'beach movie mantle' - ALONE.

That had to be a little unnerving tonhave that weight put on you. But, he did have the help of Annette, and a truly fun cast, with everyone from Buster Keaton, through to Dorothy ('poor me, pour me another drink') Kilgallen (huh?).

Yes, it's stupid, but, it's fun. It's not supposed to be anything other than lightweight fluff, and, it does it's job admirably.

Every time this film comes on, I'm front-and-centre, waiting up for that terrific dance at the dress store.

And, again, to the person who hates this - but, keeps seeing it: you keep saying you leave after only the 1st few minutes. There are very few films that are great after only a few minutes.

Next time you 'force' yourself to (try and) watch PAJAMA PARTY...just try to at least see Dorothy, Terri, and Toni? You might end up with a smile.


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