IMDb > Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 2 | slideshow) Videos (see all 6)
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine -- Craig is almost discovered while spying on the Dr.
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine -- Dr. Goldfoot gets punched by Igor's invention.
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine -- The latest robot is rejected.
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine -- Robot #11 walks into a couple of dangerous situations and comes out unscathed.
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine -- Doctor Goldfoot tells each new robot what they will be programmed to do.

Overview

User Rating:
5.0/10   1,217 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 7% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Contact:
View company contact information for Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
6 November 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
See Cuddly BIKINI GIRLS Made To Order! See more »
Plot:
Dr. Goldfoot has invented an army of bikini-clad robots who are programmed to seek out wealthy men and charm them into signing over their assets. Craig Gamble and Todd Armstrong set out to foil the fiendish plot. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
A too-little-known (and too-little-appreciated) gem See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Vincent Price ... Dr. Goldfoot

Frankie Avalon ... Craig Gamble

Dwayne Hickman ... Todd Armstrong

Susan Hart ... Diane
Jack Mullaney ... Igor

Fred Clark ... Donald J. Pevney
Patti Chandler ... Robot

Mary Hughes ... Robot
Salli Sachse ... Robot
Luree Holmes ... Robot
Sue Hamilton ... Robot
Laura Nicholson ... Robot
Marianne Gaba ... Robot

China Lee ... Robot
Issa Arnal ... Robot
Deanna Lund ... Robot
Pamela Rodgers ... Robot #12 (as Pam Rodgers)
Leslie Summers ... Robot
Sally Frei ... Robot
Kay Michaels ... Robot
Jan Watson ... Robot
Arlene Charles ... Robot
Alberta Nelson ... Reject #12
Milton Frome ... Motorcycle Cop
Hal Riddle ... News Vendor
William Baskin ... Guard
Vince Barnett ... Janitor (as Vincent J. Barnett)
Joe Ploski ... Cook
Kaye Elhardt ... Girl in Nightclub
David Sharpe
Bob Harris (as Robert Harris)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. (as Ronnie Rondell)
Carey Loftin
Louie Elias
Troy Melton
Marie Ann Leslie
Ronnie Dayton (as Ron Dayton)
Paul Stader
Harvey Parry
Jerry Summers
Fred Stromsoe
Diane De Marco ... Singer at Condor Club

Annette Funicello ... Girl in Dungeon

Deborah Walley ... Craig's Cafeteria Date

Harvey Lembeck ... Motorcycle Thug in Dungeon
Aron Kincaid ... Motorist Who Hits Diane
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlene Glazer ... Girl (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Robot Dancer (uncredited)
Peter Sachse ... Passerby (uncredited)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Norman Taurog 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Louis M. Heyward  uncredited
Robert Kaufman  screenplay
James H. Nicholson  story (as James Hartford)
Elwood Ullman  screenplay

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer
Anthony Carras .... co-producer
James H. Nicholson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt 
 
Film Editing by
Fred R. Feitshans Jr.  (as Fred Feitshans)
Eve Newman 
Ronald Sinclair 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
 
Set Decoration by
Clarence Steensen 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
 
Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist
Ray Forman .... hair stylist (as Ray Foreman)
Jon Peters .... hair stylist: Miss Hart
 
Production Management
Jack Bohrer .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Binyon Jr. .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... property master (as Karl R. Brainard)
Ross Hahn .... construction coordinator
Richard M. Rubin .... property master
 
Sound Department
Vernon W. Kramer .... sound (as Vern Kramer)
Terrance Emerson .... sound cable (uncredited)
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
Art Griggs .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ronnie Dayton .... stunts (uncredited)
George Dockstader .... stunts (uncredited)
Louie Elias .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Harris .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alva Roy Hicks .... grip (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Al Simms .... music supervisor
Albert Harris .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Albert Harris .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Baker .... choreographer
Wallace C. Bennett .... script supervisor (as Wallace Bennett)
Art Clokey .... title designer: main titles
George Dockstader .... motorcycle coordinator
Michael A. Hoey .... dialogue coach
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
88 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:M (TV rating) | Spain:13 | USA:G (1980 re-release)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [Deborah Walley]As the date of Craig Gamble (Frankie Avalon) at the Cafeteria.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Craig comes to Todd's rescue in the Doctor's dungeon, Todd shouts instructions to him. A moment later, as Craig unties Todd, he removes a gag that is preventing him from speaking.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Goldfoot:You know, Igor, I'm beginning to regret that I brought you back to life.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Bikini MachineSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A too-little-known (and too-little-appreciated) gem, 11 June 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Now this is what I call a too-little-known gem. Despite being a perpetual "student" of film and being a fan of Vincent Price, 1960s films, and the various genres this film can be seen as, I somehow overlooked this title for years. I can't remember anyone else I've read or talked to who mentioned this title. Maybe that's because a film like this is an acquired taste, one that apparently many people haven't acquired. I must have come across it sometime, but I didn't really notice it until I stumbled across it on Netflix recently.

Some of the descriptive terms that regularly pop up in others' reviews of this film include "silly", "ridiculous", "goofy", "insane", and "absurd". I wouldn't disagree with any of those terms. What I would disagree with is that they denote something undesirable in films, or that they denote something that deserves less respect than other descriptors. Other admirable terms that I would add include "surreal", "satirical", "madcap", occasionally "atmospheric" and "funny". Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine certainly isn't intended to be realistic, and despite popular conceptions, it's not intended to just be a laugh-out-loud comedy, either.

One could think of Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine as what we now call "high concept"--"Vincent Price, in a transformative mode between his Corman-directed Poe characters and Dr. Phibes, meets Frankie Avalon in a beach film attitude meets James Bond meets 1960s 'madcap'/'screwball' comedy".

Price is Dr. Goldfoot, a satire of a Bond mad scientist, with a name that's obviously a pun on Goldfinger. He's planning on usurping the wealth of some of the world's richest men by creating a veritable army of hot robotic women in gold bikinis, appropriately enough, since they're mechanical but artificially intelligent/sentient gold-diggers. Todd Armstrong (Dwayne Hickman) is one of the victims of the nefarious plan, and Craig Gamble (Frankie Avalon), an almost secret agent, becomes involved because the robot aiming for Armstrong initially mistakes Gamble for him--they have a similar look. Gamble falls in love with her and searches for her once she disappears. This gradually leads to Armstrong and the eventual discovery of Dr. Goldfoot's scheme.

In the 1960s, filmmakers were on the upswing of increasing experimentation. The Hays Production Code, which filmmakers had started seriously challenging in the 1950s, was decreasingly influential or "enforceable", and would be abandoned before the end of the decade. In addition to broaching previously forbidden subject matter and images, filmmakers were also increasingly experimenting with the structure of films. The roots of this were the same as the roots fueling parallel revolutions in pop music, for example, and more importantly, in society, leading to the lifestyle experimentation of the hippies. For films, plots were often pushed and prodded, including some attempts to effectively abandon them. The result was a lot of sprawling and too-often-messy "madcap" comedies. In a number of famous cases, such as Casino Royale (1967), or What's New Pussycat (1965), the experimentation ended up hurting the films as much as helping. Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine has the same basic attitude and sense of experimentation, but director Norman Taurog and writers Robert Kaufman, James H. Nicholson and Elwood Ullman admirably keep a relatively tight lid on their plot. It gives us the best aspects of the era's "freewheeling" sense of filmic adventure while not forgetting about the importance of a coherent story.

As a Price fan, some of my favorite moments arrived with Price satirizing his previous screen personae. Dr. Goldfoot lives in an elaborate laboratory/dungeon beneath a funeral parlor that serves as a front (this is prescient in an oblique way of Don Coscarelli's 1979 film, Phantasm), and many scenes of Dr. Goldfoot in his home environment are surprisingly atmospheric, including the chamber housing Goldfoot's razor sharp pendulum, which almost trumps the one in the Roger Corman Pit and the Pendulum (1961), which it references, or questionably "spoofs". Price is good with this kind of comedy if you like complex ambiguity, because he's so dry and his "comic" characters are so closely played to his serious characters. It's a very subtle difference.

Frankie Avalon is far less subtle, but he's no worse for that, and he's primarily done lighthearted roles anyway. Avalon's scenes often veer towards slapstick. Some of the best material in that vein arrived in his special agent office, with his boss, Donald J. Penny (Fred Clark).

Even though this is a 1960s film with one foot in the comedy genre, as a Vincent Price film you wouldn't expect the climax to be an extended, madcap chase scene. It is, and it's one of the best sequences of the film. Our heroes and villains chase each other around the streets of San Francisco (with some attendant very attractive cinematography in a mini-San Francisco travelogue) in a number of increasingly absurd vehicles and scenarios.

Insofar as Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine is a James Bond spoof--and that's a prominent mode, although certainly not the only dominant one--it was obviously one of the influences on Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). But Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine is also somewhat serious about its other genres, and it satirizes gold-digging, marriages and high-profile divorces in a time where they were becoming much more commonplace in the public consciousness. Of course, it's also a great excuse to watch a dozen scantily clad, beautiful women, who even go-go dance a bit for us.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (36 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Bleeped Out? dandyoftheunderworld
Comes on tomorrow HBK05
Eric Von Zipper mistermann
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs Casino Royale The Ambushers Johnny English Captain America: The First Avenger
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.