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William Asher (written by) and
Leo Townsend (written by)
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Release Date:
14 April 1965 (USA) See more »
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Any number can play...but it's better with just two! See more »
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In the fourth of the highly successful Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led... See more » | Full synopsis »
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BEACH BLANKET BINGO (William Asher, 1965) *** See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frankie Avalon ... Frankie

Annette Funicello ... Dee Dee

Deborah Walley ... Bonnie Graham

Harvey Lembeck ... Eric Von Zipper
John Ashley ... Steve Gordon
Jody McCrea ... Bonehead

Donna Loren ... Donna

Marta Kristen ... Lorelei

Linda Evans ... Sugar Kane

Timothy Carey ... South Dakota Slim

Don Rickles ... Big Drop

Paul Lynde ... Bullets
Donna Michelle ... Animal
Michael Nader ... Butch (as Mike Nader)
Patti Chandler ... Patti
The Hondells ... Themselves

Buster Keaton ... Buster
Earl Wilson ... Earl Wilson

Bobbie Shaw Chance ... Bobbi (as Bobbi Shaw)
Andy Romano ... Rat Pack
Allen Fife ... Rat Pack

Jerry Brutsche ... Rat Pack
John Macchia ... Rat Pack
Bob Harvey ... Rat Pack
Alberta Nelson ... Rat Pack
Myrna Ross ... Rat Pack
Ed Garner ... Beach Boy
Guy Hemric ... Beach Boy
Duane Ament ... Beach Boy
Ray Atkinson ... Beach Boy
Mickey Dora ... Beach Boy
Ned Wynn ... Beach Boy
Frank Alesia ... Beach Boy
Phil Henderson ... Beach Boy
Johnny Fain ... Beach Boy
Ronnie Dayton ... Beach Boy
Linda Benson ... Beach Girl
Mary Sturdevant ... Beach Girl

Mary Hughes ... Beach Girl
Judy Lescher ... Beach Girl
Salli Sachse ... Beach Girl
Pat Bryton ... Beach Girl
Linda Merrill ... Beach Girl
Pam Colbert ... Beach Girl
Luree Holmes ... Beach Girl
Dessica Giles ... Beach Girl
Laura Nicholson ... Beach Girl
Stephanie Nader ... Beach Girl

Linda Bent ... Beach Girl
Jo Ann Zerfas ... Beach Girl
Chris Cranston ... Beach Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Jon Carlson ... Beach Boy (uncredited)
Darlene Lucht ... Beach Girl (uncredited)
Jackie Ward ... Sugar Kane (singing voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
William Asher 
 
Writing credits
William Asher (written by) and
Leo Townsend (written by)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer
Anthony Carras .... co-producer
James H. Nicholson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Fred R. Feitshans Jr.  (as Fred Feitshans)
Eve Newman 
 
Art Direction by
Howard Campbell 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Corso 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (as Bob Dawn)
Eve Newing .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Jack Bohrer .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dale Hutchinson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... properties (as Karl R. Brainard)
Ross Hahn .... construction coordinator
Richard M. Rubin .... properties
 
Sound Department
James M. Falkinburg .... sound editor (as James Nelson)
Robert Post .... sound (as Bob Post)
 
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
Joe Zomar .... special effects
 
Stunts
Linda Benson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Ronnie Dayton .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Dora .... stunts (uncredited)
Johnny Fain .... stunts (uncredited)
David Nuuhiwa .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Beckett .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Corso .... costumer
 
Music Department
The Blossoms .... backing vocals
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Al Simms .... musical supervisor
Jackie Ward .... singing voice: Linda Evans
Jerry Styner .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Jack Baker .... choreographer
Jack W. Cash .... production assistant (as Jack Cash)
George Dockstader .... motorcycle coordinator
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
Phil Sauers .... surfing coordinator
 

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98 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
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Burton Gilliam's film debut.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In almost all close-ups with characters in water (particularly in the scenes between Bonehead and Lorelei) the water is obviously blue chlorinated pool water.See more »
Quotes:
Bonehead:Lorelei, do you know about the Birds and the Bees?
Lorelei:No.
Bonehead:Well, I better get out of here or you're going to find out.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Disco Fever (1978/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Think You ThinkSee more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
BEACH BLANKET BINGO (William Asher, 1965) ***, 23 July 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

The fifth entry in the "Beach Party" series is universally acknowledged as the best of the lot. Having watched three such films in quick succession, I have to agree: it's not that those concerned made a concentrated effort at creating something more accomplished than before, but just that all the various elements (while others were dropped or altered) seemed to be more evenly balanced here to produce a generally more satisfying result. Incidentally, not only is the script wittier than usual – but even the songs are kinda pleasant this time around…

Plotwise, we still get Frankie (Avalon) and Annette (Funicello) bickering – but, rather than because one of them is being 'preyed' upon by an interloper, both of them are in this case (and, coming via members of a skydiving troupe who're supposed to instruct the "Beach" gang in just that type of sport, creates a few welcome sparks of high-flying tension). As always, the manager of the exciting but potentially dangerous 'entertainment' is played by Don Rickles – whose character name, or moniker, has gone from Jack Fanny in MUSCLE BEACH PARTY to "Big Drag" in BIKINI BEACH (both 1964) to "Big Drop" in this one! Annette's fling, then, is John Ashley (usually seen as a surfer!) while Frankie's is spunky Deborah Walley (whom I recently watched in the Elvis Presley vehicle SPINOUT [1966]) – since Ashley and Walley were married to one another at the time, I guess this is why they made the former a rival to Frankie instead of a pal for this particular entry!

Another important change in the nonsensically-titled BEACH BLANKET BINGO (by the way, exuberant dancing blonde Candy Johnson – easily the most resistible element in the two earlier films from the series that I watched, is nowhere to be seen in this one!) concerns the character played by Jody McCrea: while his nickname has unaccountably gone from "Deadhead" to "Bonehead", he's now given two separate romances (which means that his former grating comic relief persona has been considerably diluted). The first involves singing starlet Linda Evans (miles removed from her signature role in the 1980s TV series DYNASTY!), ostensibly engaged in a skydiving stunt to promote her current record but actually doubled by Walley, and the other with real mermaid Marta Kristen, who's really the one that saved McCrea from drowning but the feat is once again attributed to the naïve but spoilt Evans by her conniving and sardonic manager Paul Lynde! While we do get an appearance from another screen giant here – comic genius Buster Keaton, then going through a much-deserved renaissance – this is rightly credited at the very start instead of relegated to the end credits, since it's a relatively bigger role than either of Peter Lorre's or Boris Karloff's cameos (one in each of the previous "Beach Party" films I'd checked out). Even so, his character could have been better integrated into the plot – since, playing Rickles' girl-chasing assistant, he's not given anything particularly inspired to do: it's fitting, for instance, that Keaton be involved in the speeded-up chase towards the end (by now a typical component of the series intended to mimic the style of Silent comedies)…but the same can't be said of his cavorting with a trio of anonymous-looking girls during the final credit roll!

Two welcome presences (actually both returns from previous entries in the series, though allowed greater stature than before) are those of Harvey Lembeck as Eric von Zipper – self-pitying leader of the motorcycle gang "The Rat Pack"(!), who idolizes Evans to the point of kidnapping her – and Timothy Carey as the nasty "South Dakota Slim" (though, regrettably, without his werewolf companion from BIKINI BEACH: it's strange how this actor brings such intensity to his portrayals that he seems to be permanently on acid or something…and this goes for mainstream fare as well, such as CRIME-WAVE [1954], which I watched just a few days prior to this one). By the way, both these actors are involved in the film's two biggest belly-laughs: engaged in a billiards game at a pool-hall – already featured in BIKINI BEACH, its walls are adorned by portraits of notorious dictators! – and, with Lembeck taking forever to make his next move, Carey acidly quips that he's shaved twice since von Zipper's last shot!; the latter, then, enters a trendy nightclub by smashing through the front door on his motorcycle (as is Lembeck's fashion) – only to land, in this particular case, head first in an aquarium! Besides, the element of surrealism which surprisingly entered the series with BIKINI BEACH is also present here in the form of the fanciful mermaid subplot as well as von Zipper's ghastly yet amusing fate during the climax at a sawmill (which, again, evokes the cliff-hanging serials from the Silent era).

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