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Beach Ball (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 29 September 1965 (USA)
Edd Byrnes tries to get an ethnic-music-studies grant to buy instruments for his rock and roll group, the Wigglers. College-finance-committee members Chris Noel, Gail Gilmore, Mikki Jameson... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Martin
Mikki Jamison ...
Don Edmonds ...
Brenda Benet ...
Gail Gilmore ...
James Wellman ...
Bernard Wolf
Anna Lavele ...
Polly (as Anna Lavelle)
Jack Bernardi ...
Mr. Wilk
Cop #1
Bill Sampson ...
Little Daddy
John Hyden ...
Cop #2


Edd Byrnes tries to get an ethnic-music-studies grant to buy instruments for his rock and roll group, the Wigglers. College-finance-committee members Chris Noel, Gail Gilmore, Mikki Jameson and Brenda Benet uncover the scam and tear up the check, but the Wigglers play a Long Beach, California custom-car show in drag and win first prize. The Supremes do "Come to the Beach Ball with Me" and "Surfer Boy;" the Four Seasons sing their 1964 hit "Dawn;" the Hondells sing Brian Wilson's "My Buddy Seat;" the Righteous Brothers do "Baby What You Want Me to Do;" and the Walker Brothers cut loose with "Doin' the Jerk." Gary Kurtz of "Star Wars" fame was the assistant director. Written by alfiehitchie

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A beachload of bouncy tunes and talent! See more »


Comedy | Musical


Not Rated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

29 September 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al ritmo del surf  »

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2.35 : 1
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After some television appearances, this was the first film appearance of Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson as "The Supremes" and for Frankie Valli and company as "The Four Season." See more »


Surfin' Shindig
Written by Chester Pipkin and Frank Wilson
Performed by The Wigglers
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hate it, but The Walker Bros. are in it.
29 December 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This movie is common for it's species, it's terrible. If there were a writer, a director, or a plot then it would not even have mattered because the cast is so terrible that whatever this is (or could have been) is so far beyond help that it needs never be mentioned as a film, or even a mild stupid form of entertainment.

That said, I have the whole thing on tape and will preserve it forever in my archive.

Besides, the fact it was made for one reason and for one moment in time for a cotton-candy world where teens got their little fix of good-looking boys and girls in swim-suits while set to a compilation of hit songs that made for a perfect Saturday night with the girl next door...it was in essence a time like today where stupid teen movies and bad music dominate the entertainment needs of dumb kids. MTV madness!!!

So, I freaking hate this movie but...

Enough negativity. Let's now focus on the good points, no, Great points. Mixed into this soundtrak of terrible baby music are two moments of greatness. Number one is an appearence by the Walker Brothers. They do a terrible song but for those us of who are huge Scott Walker fans or admireres of the Walker Brothers it is a huge treat to simply look at them, at Scott while he breezes through this odd little movie shoot.

The other moment of pure genius is the performance of the legendary Supremes. We all know the three black girls and Diana and all of those hits etc...but here in this movie there is a song that is amazing, very dark, tonally intriguing, and to my ear one of the most serious pop songs of the early sixties. I have looked hard for this song on any Supremes product but cant find anyhing about it. The words "Surfer Boy" repeat in the chorus but I dont know the actual title of the song.

Without this movie life would be a little less good.

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