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Beach Party (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 7 August 1963 (USA)
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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.... See full summary »

Director:

William Asher

Writer:

Lou Rusoff
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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 & His Del-Tones Dick Dale & His Del-Tones ... 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 ... The Mice
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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 »


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Trivia

Roger Christian and Gary Usher wrote sings for this. They also cowrote sings with Beach Boy Brian Wilson, who can be seen as a "surfer boy" on the beach. They would team up with Brian to cowrite songs for the next surfer movie "Muscle Beach Party" Brian Wilson has an uncredited extra role in this one. See more »

Goofs

When Sutwell succeeds in surfing, the long shots show him with his cap still on. In close-ups he is bareheaded. See more »

Quotes

Dolores: You better let me go.
Eric Von Zipper: Hey! I like you. And what Eric Von Zipper wants, he gets.
[moves in for a kiss]
Dolores: No. No! Don't!
Prof. Robert O. Sutwell: Excuse me. Excuse me.
Eric Von Zipper: Huh?
Prof. Robert O. Sutwell: I'm R.O. Sutwell. I'm sorry to intrude; but, you're molesting this young lady.
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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

Spoofs Lolita (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Beach Party
by Gary Usher and Roger Christian
Performed by Frankie Avalon (uncredited) and Annette Funicello (uncredited)
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Let's Go Surfing Now, Let's Go Spying Now
5 June 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Before there was Baywatch we had the Beach Party movies and this one was the one that started it all.

Robert Cummings must have seen Lover Come Back where Rock Hudson had a full growth of beard and Doris Day mistook for a scientist. Cummings must have liked the look as a scientist because he uses it here in portraying an anthropologist studying teenage mating habits.

Where better than Malibu and who better for study than Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and their friends?

The same innocence of the years before November of 1963 is there, this film's not quite as surreal as the later successors. It's like The Road to Singapore which established the formula for those Crosby/Hope films, but hadn't descended yet into the zaniness that characterized the later ones.

It all works out quite nicely and it was nice Dorothy Malone was around for Bob Cummings although the poor woman had very little to do in this film. My favorite in these film is Harvey Lembeck as Erich Von Zipper, the motorcycle gang leader. He's a Marlon Brando wannabe.

Beach Party does kind of take me back to my teen years.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beach Party See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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