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Bikini Beach (1964)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, 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.

Director:

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
Danielle Aubry Danielle Aubry ... Lady Bug
Meredith MacRae ... Animal
Delores Wells ... Sniffles (as Dolores Wells)
Paul Smith ... Cop #1
James Westerfield ... Cop #2
Donna Loren ... Donna
Stevie Wonder ... Little Stevie Wonder (as Little Stevie Wonder)
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Storyline

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 every torso is more so, and bare-as-you-dare is the rule! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Big Drag's talking hawk is named Frieda. See more »

Goofs

The windshield and rear-view mirror were removed from the cop car that was involved in the go-kart chase of Von Zipper. See more »

Quotes

South Dakota Slim: Hey, Daddy, are you gonna play this pool game or ain't ya?
Eric Von Zipper: Yeah. I'm gonna play pool - dirty pool. Out! Out! Now, my friend, it's the Rats revenge!
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Crazy Credits

Slaves to Mr. Barquet ... Laura Medley Mike Melamed Gary Sax See more »

Connections

Follows Beach Party (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Gotcha Where I Wantcha
by Jack Merrill and Red Gilson
Performed by The Exciters Band (uncredited)
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Innocent charms and slapstick gags
15 June 2003 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Annette Funicello is probably the most over-dressed beach bunny to ever hit the sands, but she's a stitch in her scenes with Frankie Avalon (as surfer Frankie) and pop-singer The Potato Bug (Avalon again, in a Beatle wig, funny teeth and English accent). Their repartee makes this a charming piece of Americana, but the thing is so stuck in a sterile time-capsule it's nearly impossible to believe that teenagers once got a charge from it. Drag-racing is the newest craze, and the beach gang gets shown up once Keenan Wynn puts a chimp successfully behind the wheel of a hot rod. For racing aficionados, we get a glimpse of the Mantra Ray, a $50,000 all-aluminum experimental "dream rod" with a King Cobra Ford engine. Annette poses prettily beside it... ** from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bikini Beach See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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