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Beach Party (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 7 August 1963 (USA)
"Beach Party" was the first of of a series of seven related AIP beach party films. The others are Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.

Director:

William Asher

Writer:

Lou Rusoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Cummings ... Professor Sutwell (as Bob Cummings)
Dorothy Malone ... Marianne
Frankie Avalon ... Frankie
Annette Funicello ... Dolores
Morey Amsterdam ... Cappy
Harvey Lembeck ... Eric Von Zipper
Eva Six ... Ava
John Ashley ... Ken
Jody McCrea ... Deadhead
Dick Dale ... Musicians (as Dick Dale and the Del Tones)
Andy Romano ... J.D.
Jerry Brutsche ... The Ratz
Bob Harvey Bob Harvey ... The Ratz
John Macchia John Macchia ... The Ratz
Alberta Nelson Alberta Nelson ... The Mice
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Storyline

The first of the five official American-International "Beach Party" movies. Anthropology Professor Robert Orwell Sutwell and his secretary Marianne are studying the sex habits of teenagers. The surfing teens led by Frankie and Dee Dee don't have much sex but they sing, battle the motorcycle rats and mice led by Eric Von Zipper and dance to Dick Dale and the Del Tones. Look for Big Daddy's surprise cameo. Written by alfiehitchie

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Surfs up and the Beach is really swinging! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sucedió en la playa See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although "old fogey" Professor Sutwell knew nothing about beach life, actor Robert Cummings was a competent surfer himself, as documented in personal home movies shot in Hawaii by Hollywood's television host and author Ken Murray. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, when Frankie and Delores are driving down the paved highway, a shot from a distance shows a somewhat narrow (two-lane) road with the opposite lane a dark asphalt. Seconds later, a more close-up cab scene shows a much wider highway with no dark asphalt on the opposite side. See more »

Quotes

Marianne: If you want a pinch hitter, call Mickey Mantle.
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Crazy Credits

(First Screen after Director's credits) "Special Thanks to Vincent Price as Big Daddy..." (Next screen) "Soon to be seen in Edgar Allen Poe's "Haunted Palace" See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Swingin' and a-Surfin'
by Gary Usher and Roger Christian
Performed by Dick Dale (uncredited)
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Very entertaining first installment
19 June 2005 | by SkraggSee all my reviews

Even people who HATE these movies, who won't even watch them as "schlock", probably have second thoughts when it comes to Eric Von Zipper and his Rat Pack. Which is easy for me to say, since I've always been attached to the things IN GENERAL (a Summer wouldn't be quite the same without them). I never knew anything of The Bob Cummings Show for the longest time, and never SAW it until last year, so I never really got the inside joke of him (of all people) playing a straight-laced character trying to be a swinger. And speaking of inside jokes, I just saw it again yesterday, and at least THOUGHT I saw one. In one scene, Frankie Avalon hands a cigarette to John Ashley, after taking kind of a long drag on it. Regardless of what kind of cigarette it's SUPPOSED to be, this at least seemed like a little reference to something else. I glanced at someone's comments about it, and they said that Dorothy Malone had a thankless part, and that might be partly true, but she had some pretty good comeback lines, including yet another private joke - "Why don't you sell the movie rights to American International? They'll buy anything." Anyway, I don't like it QUITE AS MUCH as "Beach Blanket Bingo", or even a few of the other sequels (I guess it's one of those "Godfather / Godfather Part II" situations), but I'm still really attached to it.


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