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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

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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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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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Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III: Sir, I consider you a member of the lower classes.
Eric Von Zipper: Hey, that's right. How'd you know that I dropped out of school at the third grade?
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The final credit, "An American International Release", is written on a bikini bottom. See more »

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A Bikini Is Always Nice
29 May 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Bikini Beach (1964)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The third film in the BEACH PARTY series has Frankie (Frankie Avalon) and Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) having to deal with a millionaire (Keenan Wynn) trying to prove that teenagers are beyond dumb and getting dumber by the day. This is because he believes his pet chimp is smarter than your average teenager, which leads to a wide range of events including a drag race.

BIKINI BEACH is often considered one of the best of the series and for the most part I thought it was fairly entertaining and at least on par with the previous two. The "highlight" of this film is the fact that the title actually delivers during the opening credits as they have some fun showing off some female bodies in those new bikinis. The film also changes things up a bit by taking the kids away from the beach.

This film is probably best remembered for Avalon playing a second role, that of a rock star from Britain, which was obviously a joke on The Beatles. I actually thought Avalon did a very good job in both of his roles and certainly helped make this film more entertaining. Funicello is also given more to do here as her character certainly developed a bit more from the previous films. Wynn is extremely entertaining as the researcher and we've got Don Rickles and Harvey Lembeck back as well. There's also a nice cameo but I won't ruin who it is.

As with the previous two films in the AIP series, this certainly isn't a masterpiece or even what you'd consider a good movie but it is slightly entertaining as a product of its period.


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