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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
Jerry Summers ... Skeet Wells
Martha Stewart ... Pauline Lowell
The Astronauts ... Themselves

The Routers ... Themselves
Lloyd Kino ... Casey
Mickey Dora
Johnny Fain (as John 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 
Film Editing by
Jodie Copelan 
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
Music Department
Michael Z. Gordon .... session musician
The Routers .... studio musicians
Randy Viers .... session musician
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Other crew
Dixie McCoy .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

68 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Great Viewing, 21 September 2008
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

"Surf Party" (1964) is essentially a musical version of "Gidget" (1959), with stuntman Jerry Summers in the Big Kahuna role and singer Bobby ("Blue Velvet") Vinton playing Moondoggie. Terry Wells (Patricia Morrow) and her two girlfriends (think three Gidgets) tow a travel trailer to the beach where her black sheep older brother Skeet (Summers) holds court as the hottest surfer.

Len (Vinton) runs the local surfboard shop (like Bear in "Big Wednesday" but not as spiritual) and interfaces with the resident fuzz (Richard Crane). Milo (Ken Miller-a sort of poor man's Nick Adams) is a gremmie (overeager novice) who aspires to membership in the surfer lodge; the rite of passage being a dangerous ritual called running the pier. Junior (singer Jackie DeShannon) serves as a love interest for the hapless Milo.

But the main story centers on adoring little sister Terry. This is her coming of age story and she is romanced by Len while learning (with the rest of the beach crowd) some unpleasant things about Skeet. Morrow was quite a beauty with a lot of natural charm. She would become relatively famous a couple years after this film, playing one of the main characters on television's "Peyton Place".

The production design is pure 1964 southern California but Skeet's beach house is a far cry from The Big Kahuna's hut. One glance at his bedroom furnishings will have you thinking Ed Wood, but all of this is eventually explained.

Like a standard musical these characters will burst into song at the drop of a hat and there are several numbers by actual singing groups. The Routers play "Crack Up". The Astronaunts play "Fire Water" and the title song. Almost everyone gets a song. Obviously this stuff is dated but some is rather good and even the worst is not unpleasant.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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