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Rare footage of classic groups including The Routers (Michael Z. Gordon, Scott Engel and Rand Viers), The Astronauts and many other surf groups.. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Bobby Vinton ... Len Marshal
Patricia Morrow ... Terry Wells

Jackie DeShannon ... Junior Griffith
Ken Miller ... Milo Talbot (as Kenny Miller)
Lory Patrick ... Sylvia Dempster
Richard Crane ... Sgt. Wayne Neal
Martha Stewart ... Pauline Lowell
Jerry Summers ... Skeet Wells
The Astronauts ... Themselves

The Routers ... Themselves
Lloyd Kino ... Casey
Mickey Dora
Johnny Fain
Pam Colbert
Donna Russell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Z. Gordon ... Himself (member of the Routers) (uncredited)
Sid Sharp ... Himself (member, The Routers) (uncredited)
Scott Walker ... Himself (member, The Routers) (uncredited)

Directed by
Maury Dexter 
Writing credits
Harry Spalding (written by)

Produced by
Maury Dexter .... producer
'By' Dunham .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jimmie Haskell 
Cinematography by
Kay Norton (director of photography)
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist
Production Management
Harold E. Knox .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harold E. Knox .... assistant director
Art Department
Monroe Liebgold .... property master (as Jockey Liebgold)
Sound Department
William Bernds .... sound
Mickey Dora .... stunts (uncredited)
Johnny Fain .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Herrington .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jodie Copelan .... supervising film editor
Music Department
Michael Z. Gordon .... musician (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Randy Viers .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Leroy E. Hollis .... transportation (as Leroy Hollis)
Other crew
Dixie McCoy .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

68 min
Aspect Ratio:
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USA:Approved (certificate #20617)

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Revealing mistakes: As the film opens, the three female leads are driving on a highway in a 1964 Dodge convertible, towing a travel trailer, and there are no other vehicles in front of or behind them. In the next shot, taken from the next lane and in front of the Dodge, there is an early 1960s Studebaker Hawk two-door following behind them. In the following shot, taken from behind the Dodge, the Studebaker has disappeared and there are no other cars following them.See more »
Terry Wells:[During Len and Skeet's fight, voiced off-camera] He's got a head injury. You might kill him.
[Skeet punches Len in the stomach]
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Here's sand in your eye..., 26 January 2009
Author: SanFernandoCurt from United States

Hey. Let's be honest: How can you NOT like a beach party movie from the mid-'60s? Nobody expects "Last Summer at Marienbad"... It's going to be free and breezy, some forgettable songs, more-forgettable comedy, and comely girls DARING to wear bikinis in a long-ago age when young American females were expected to be more abdominally modest in their attire. "Surf Party" is interesting on a couple of levels. It's one of the first rip-offs of the Frankie/Annette AIP beach-blanket bonanzas; those films, directed by William Asher, had just kicked off the previous year (1963) after Hollywood long toyed with the beach-party genre in romps like "Gidget", "Where the Boys Are" and the wonderfully obscure "Love in a Goldfish Bowl" from 1961. Somehow, though, none of the studios pulled the trigger before American International Pictures released "Beach Party" and thereby established what instantly became a turgidly static formula: Girl and boy meet on the sand, frolic without sex, break up and get back together, through it all sporadically grooving to some c-grade musical acts. (Many of these films relied, unfortunately, on hastily assembled side-men "groups" playing awful, tin-pan-alley stuff.) This one avoids that grating pitfall with legitimate musical talent on hand, although Jackie DeShannon's intractable acting style all-but negates her singing performances.

"Surf Party" is standard fare in that it's a movie aimed at young people but evidently made by middle-aged guys who know little about '60s youth. There's a smirky, bemused treatment of teen-age interests, serving only to freeze the movie in awkward, uninformed detachment - like a birthday-party performer trying to entertain kids by showing them the elements of algebra.

But this is different: "Surf Party" is in black and white - in fact, it may just be the only beach party movie not in Sea-and-Ski color. Worth a look, if only because its probable pre-Kennedy assassination (even pre-Beatles) filming gives it a lost-innocence appeal missing even from later Pepsi-Generation navel bombardments. Bobby Vinton is... well... Bobby Vinton. However, Patricia Morrow is quite watchable, and brings more acting "heft" than these movies generally demand.

Here's a double bill, in case you're sitting around without a life: Pair up "Surf Party" with "Catalina Caper", the late-1967 swan song of the surfin' safari flicks.

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