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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frankie / Potato Bug
... Dee Dee
... Vivien Clements
... Big Drag
... Eric Von Zipper
... Johnny
... Deadhead
Candy Johnson ... Candy
Danielle Aubry ... Lady Bug
... Animal
Delores Wells ... Sniffles (as Dolores Wells)
... Cop #1
... Cop #2
... Donna
... 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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22 July 1964 (USA)  »

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A Praia dos Biquínis  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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Racer TV Tommy Ivo was the technical advisor. See more »

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When Honeywagon photographs Big Drag and Clyde in the beach hangout, many of the cast members are seen both standing and sitting between scenes. See more »

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Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III: Imagine... boys and girls sleeping on the beach side-by-side, unchaperoned. Now what kind of society is it that would allow such a thing?
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Followed by The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) See more »

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Record Run
by Gary Usher and Roger Christian
Performed by The Pyramids (uncredited)
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Bikini Beach was my first intro to Frankie and Annette at the beach
25 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

This movie, Bikini Beach, is the first time I've actually seen these Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello Beach movies in their entirety. Avalon is highly amusing in playing another role as Potato Bug, a British rock singer obviously inspired by The Beatles' invasion of America as evident by Bug's two numbers that spoof many of the Fab Four's early hits with the "oooohs" especially noticeable. There's also some amusing stuff from blond dancer Candy Johnson and Harvey Lembeck as Eric Von Zipper. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for Keenan Wynn as a crusading newspaper publisher (and why is the paper called Bikini Bugle, why ask why?) or especially Don Rickles as a painter/bar owner/drag racing announcer as they have no real punchlines. I also didn't find the gorilla stuff or the chase at the climax amusing either. I did like the songs and instrumentals, the latter of which was provided by a guitar band called The Pyramids. Frankie and Annette have a nice duet at the beach while Ms. Funicello provides a nice solo. Brunette teen Donna Loren also sings an enjoyably catchy song at the beginning here and then there's Little Stevie Wonder providing his number at the end which, while not memorable, is all right. Like I said, the comedy mostly falls flat after about 30 minutes but that said, Bikini Beach remains mostly harmless fun as an introduction to me of the series. Trivia: the director's wife, Elizabeth Montgomery, provides the voice of Lady Bug. Oh, and there's a cameo by a famous horror star near the end...


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