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Bikini Beach (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 July 1964 (USA)
A millionaire sets out to prove his theory that his pet chimpanzee is as intelligent as the teenagers who hang out on the local beach, where he is intending to build a retirement home.

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William Asher

Writers:

William Asher (screenplay), Leo Townsend (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Avalon ... Frankie / Potato Bug
Annette Funicello ... Dee Dee
Martha Hyer ... Vivien Clements
Don Rickles ... Big Drag
Harvey Lembeck ... Eric Von Zipper
John Ashley ... Johnny
Jody McCrea ... Deadhead
Candy Johnson Candy Johnson ... Candy
Danielle Aubry Danielle Aubry ... Lady Bug
Meredith MacRae ... Animal
Delores Wells Delores Wells ... Sniffles (as Dolores Wells)
Paul Smith ... Cop #1
James Westerfield ... Cop #2
Donna Loren ... Donna
Stevie Wonder ... Himself (as Little Stevie Wonder)
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Millionaire Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III tries to prove to his colleague Vivian Clements that his chimp, Clyde, is more intelligent than American teenagers. Meanwhile Dee Dee is torn between Frankie and British recording star, the Potato Bug. Eric Von Zipper shows up to aid Harvey's anti-teen campaign. Big Drag shows up with others in a gag bit part. Written by alfiehitchie

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It's where the girls are BARE-ing... the guys are DAR-ing and the surf's RARE-ing to GO-GO-GO See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Praia dos Biquínis See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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How About That
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BIKINI BEACH (William Asher, 1964) **1/2
23 July 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This sequel to MUSCLE BEACH PARTY (1964) is only slightly better: much of the teen cast returns, as well as Don Rickles (but, having now forsaken muscle-men for drag-strip racing) and even Stevie Wonder. We do get a number of new faces – eminent publisher Keenan Wynn (with a practiced simian in tow, he's intent on demonstrating that the youth of today have regressed to pretty much its primitive state!) and schoolteacher Martha Hyer constituting more or less the normal people (they start out as opponents but gradually come to understand and love one another), Harvey Lembeck as the overage leader of a motorcycle gang called Eric Von Zipper (actually, this character had already featured in BEACH PARTY [1963]: here, he's prone to falling victim, by his own hand, of Peter Lorre's paralysis-by-touch technique seen at the end of the previous film) and Timothy Carey (appearing very briefly as a pool-playing eccentric who has a werewolf, fitted with a leather jacket, for a sidekick!).

There's even a second role for Frankie Avalon – doubling as a legendary mop-top and gap-toothed (essentially a cross between The Beatles and Terry-Thomas!) British singer/racer…and, then, there's that great final gag involving Boris Karloff (seen a couple of times from behind throughout but only revealed at the very end as an art dealer interested in Rickles' abstract collection, quipping that he ought to tell his pal Vincent Price – noted for his taste in fine art and at the time also contracted to AIP – about it!). It's these quasi-surreal elements – including the monkey driving Wynn's car (to the recurring consternation of two traffic cops) as well as a dragster, and even doing a bit of surf…but extending to the final credits as blonde-with-powerful-hips Candy Johnson is joined in her wild dance by an aged member of Wynn's old folks' home! – which render the film that much more enjoyable than its predecessor. Otherwise, we get a lot of the same shtick as before – though the beach scenes themselves are thankfully downplayed here; the climax, then, involves a Keystone Kops-type chase which culminates in yet another gratuitous bit of brawling slapstick (this time occurring at Rickles' pseudo-beatnik joint).

Again, the songs are far from classics but, all in all, the film retains some interest (not least in the contribution of cinematographer Floyd Crosby, production designer Daniel Haller and composer Les Baxter – all of them synonymous with Roger Corman's contemporaneous horror films based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe!) in particular for characterizing the transition between two trends in youth-oriented pictures i.e. the Juvenile Delinquent films of the 1950s and the Counter-Culture efforts (advocating drug use and Free Love) that would prevail soon after…


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