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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 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

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

Rhonda: Deadhead, how could you be hungry at a time like this?
Deadhead: A man can't live by love alone.
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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

Edited into Back to the Beach (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Stop Now
by Robert P. Marcucci (as Bob Marcucci) and Russell Faith (as Russ Faith)
Performed by Frankie Avalon (uncredited)
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ANNETTE"S FAV
20 January 1999 | by suelyonSee all my reviews

This is the first and some would say best(other than Beach Blanket Bingo) of the series.Annette and Frankie are on their way to a cozy weekend beach vacation,but Annette has invited the whole gang!!!Frankie is mad at her rejection of him,and they have a childish fight.Meanwhile,a professor is studying the teens and Annette uses him to get back at Frankie,while Frankie uses an over-endowed girl.Annette sings "Treat Him Nicely" and "Promise Me Anything" as well as the title song with Frankie.Fun pie-throwing things.


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