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Reno Carell (story)
Leigh Chapman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 September 1966 (Mexico) See more »
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Beach party escapade features a bookworm with glasses who learns to "groove", as she attempts to sing "Ready to Groove." See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Stacy ... Mickey

William Wellman Jr. ... Rick

Quinn O'Hara ... Cindy

Martin West ... Turk

Mary Mitchel ... Shirley (as Mary Mitchell)

Raquel Welch ... Jeri

Allan Jones ... Mr. Johnson (as Alan Jones)

Lili Kardell ... Sandra
Reno Carell ... Mark
Buck Holland ... Lou (as Bucky Holland)
Glenn Stensel ... Les (as Glen Stensil)

Richard Benedict ... Tom

Michael Blodgett ... Beach bum (as Mike Blodgett)
Mauree Garett
Robert Porter
Gypsy Boots ... Himself
Diane Bond ... Girl in Pink Polka Dot Bikini
Robert Blair ... Tony

Bill Medley ... Himself (as The Righteous Brothers)

The Righteous Brothers ... Themselves

Donnie Brooks ... Himself
Bobby Hatfield ... Himself (as The Righteous Brothers)
The Rip Chords ... Themselves
Gary Lewis & The Playboys ... Themselves
Sherry Nix ... Swingin' Summer Girl
Darlene Hunter ... Swingin' Summer Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Arturi ... Himself (as Gary Lewis & The Playboys)
Len Barry ... Himself (as The Dovells)
Mike Dennis ... Himself (as The Dovells)
The Dovells ... Themselves
Gary Lewis ... Himself (as Gary Lewis & The Playboys)
Nick Rather ... Himself (as Gary Lewis & the Playboys)
Arnie Satin ... Himself (as The Dovells)
Phil Stewart ... Himself (as The Rip Chords)
Jerry Summers ... Himself (as The Dovells)
Roger Carroll ... Radio announcer (uncredited)

Lesley-Marie Colburn ... Girl (uncredited)
Kathee Francis ... Girl (uncredited)
Jody Miller ... (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Go-Go Boy (uncredited)
Irene Sale ... Girl (uncredited)
Diane Swanson ... Girl (uncredited)
Lori Williams ... Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Sparr 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Reno Carell  story
Leigh Chapman  screenplay
Robert Sparr  uncredited

Produced by
Reno Carell .... producer
Patrick Curtis .... associate producer
Larry Goldblatt .... executive producer
Kenneth Raphael .... executive producer
Original Music by
Harry Betts 
Cinematography by
Ray Fernstrom 
Film Editing by
William E. Lee 
Makeup Department
Dan Greenway .... makeup supervisor (as Danny Greenway)
Eve Newing .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jack Lacey .... production manager (as Jack C. Lacey)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rusty Meek .... assistant director
Sound Department
George C. Emick .... sound editor (as George Emick)
Earl Snyder .... recording supervisor
John Indrisano .... fight choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
George Dye .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Corso .... costumer
Editorial Department
James T. Heckert .... supervising editor
Music Department
Harry Betts .... conductor
Roger Carroll .... musical advisor
Mike Post .... music coordinator
Helen Sneddon .... music editor
Other crew
Michael Blodgett .... choreographer
Rita Michaels .... script supervisor
Larry Parker .... technical advisor

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80 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Audio/visual unsynchronized: All of the musical performance sections are full of errors due to lip syncing issues and post-production techniques. Most noticeable are the harmonica solo on Justine, where the playing continues when the harp comes out of the sax player's mouth, and the use of the accordion to substitute for the less-easily moved HammondB-3 organ. Almost every shot with performance music has something wrong with it.See more »
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Your typical beach party movie..., 23 January 2016
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

...with the proviso that it's not very good either. A SWINGIN' SUMMER is a low budget, feel good effort that features a number of notable musicians of the day doing their thing, while a slimline storyline sees a bookish girl transformed into a fun-loving beauty. It's a little like the later teen sex comedies along the lines of MALIBU BEACH, although much tamer and not as much fun.

Raquel Welch (ONE MILLION YEARS BC) is the star attraction here in her debut feature (she'd acted before, but not been credited for it). Her acting remains iffy, but her looks are certainly memorable. A SWINGING' SUMMER does away with niceties of 'normal' cinema by not bothering with characterisation or a proper script, instead summoning up a party atmosphere throughout.

Some of the music acts are fun, particularly a nice turn from the Righteous Brothers who do their thing right at the climax. The setting is one Lake Arrowhead, and the stand-out set-piece involves two guys slugging it out in one of the most poorly-shot fight scenes ever. Elsewhere there's a whole lot of bad dancing and cheesy acts, and not much in the way of real reasons for viewers to tune in.

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