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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.

Director:

William Asher

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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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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 »


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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
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
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One of the best beach party movies
4 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

One of the funniest beach party movies made by AIP (or anybody), with a great cast and pretty funny script with no story involved. Such as it is involves the arrival of the Potato Bug (Avalon in a double role), a John Lennon-esque Britisher that all the beach girls swoon over. Annette seems to decide the endless summer might never end, and jumps ship to the Bug. Frankie and the Bug have to drag race it out at Don Ricle's aptly named "Big Drag" -- Rickles is anything but a drag, constantly mugging with the lines they throw him and everyone else's too. Frankie Avalon's double performance may not go down in history as the modern equivalent of John Barrymore, but it's all good fun worth a hundred minutes of my lifetime. Looks like Mike Myers might have been watching this one pretty closely too.


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