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Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) Poster

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The dungeon and torture sequence incorporates long shots that are actually footage of Vincent Price lifted from the Pit and the Pendulum (1961). The torture chamber art and set direction was by the same art director, Daniel Haller, and these scenes in this movie evoked his work on these such Edgar Allan Poe adaptations for Roger Corman, which also starred Vincent Price.
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This was only a moderate box-office success in the US but was a big hit in Italy, which explains why its sequel, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966) ["Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs"], was shot in Italy with an Italian director (Mario Bava) and two Italian comedic movie stars, Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia.
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Portraits of Goldfoot's ancestors include likenesses of various Vincent Price movie characters, including Verden Fell from The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) and Roderick Usher from House of Usher (1960).
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Frankie Avalon plays Craig Gamble and Dwayne Hickman plays Todd Armstrong. In Ski Party (1965), Avalon plays Todd Armstrong and Hickman plays Craig Gamble--they switched characters.
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In a 1987 interview with David Del Valle, Vincent Price said of this film, "It could have been fun, but they cut all the music out".
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This movie and its sequel, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966), are two of the films that are said to have been a major influence on the "Austin Powers" film franchise.
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A number of cast including Dwayne Hickman, Annette Funicello, and Harvey Lembeck appeared in another 'Bikini' title movie in the same year that this film was released. It was called How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) and was from the same American International Pictures studio. A number of crew worked on both movies as well.
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The red sport car (Sunbeam Alpine) Todd and Craig steal during the chase is similar to the car (Sunbeam Tiger) used by Agent 86 Maxwell Smart in Get Smart (1965).
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First of two theatrical "Dr. Goldfoot" movies. The Wild Weird World of Dr. Goldfoot (1965) was a made-for-TV special to promote this movie, using musical sequences edited out of this film. The second "Dr. Goldfoot" film was Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966) ["Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs"], made a year after this one.
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Actress Susan Hart's hair was styled by future Hollywood producer Jon Peters, then a hair stylist.
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The cable-car sequence was shot at the West Portal tunnel in San Francisco, California.
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Two of the bikini girls from the bikini machine were Playboy playmates.
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The lead character is called "Dr. Goldfoot" because he wears both golden pixie slippers and a black and gold jacket. It is also alluded to, briefly, that he actually has golden feet.
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This was released in the UK as "Dr. G. and the Bikini Machine" due to legal action launched by a London doctor whose real last name was actually Goldfoot.
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A number of the cast were stars from American-International's "Beach Party" series films. This one was the studio's attempt to take those films into a new area.
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This was American-International's most expensive film up to that time, coming in at over $1 million.
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This was made and released quickly, coming out only about a year after the James Bond film Goldfinger (1964) was released in the US. It parodies certain elements of the Bond film, particularly its title.
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The title song has a lyric that says "Dr. Goldfoot and his bikini machine", which was actually the film's original title.
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Dr. Goldfoot is the only character to appear in both "Dr. Goldfoot" movies.
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At the start of the movie and again during the end chase in the streets of San Francisco they go down Lombard Street. With eight sharp bends it is known as the most crooked street in the world. The bends are so tight tour buses can't drive down it.
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Vincent Price received top / first billing, Frankie Avalon received second billing, Dwayne Hickman received third billing, Susan Hart received fourth billing, and Jack Mullaney received fifth billing.
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The code number of Secret Agent Craig Gamble (Frankie Avalon) is double-O-and-a-half, but "Uncle Donald" insultingly calls him double-O-and-a-quarter.
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The robot number of Diane (Susan Hart), the movie's lead actress, is 11.
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About six months after this film was released, American International Pictures launched another "Bikini" picture, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966), That film was released just six months prior to this film's sequel, "Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs" [Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)].
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Doctor Goldfoot's nickname is Dr. G.
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Cameo 

Annette Funicello: As a Girl in the Dungeon.
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Harvey Lembeck: As a Motorcycle Thug in the Dungeon.
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Deborah Walley: As the date of Craig Gamble (Frankie Avalon) at the Cafeteria.
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Alberta Nelson: As the gruff-voiced robot #12 reject.
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Aron Kincaid: As a Motorist Who Hits Diane.
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