"Beach Party" was the first of of a series of seven related AIP beach party films. The others are Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.
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An astronaut goes into space with a chimpanzee. When they return to Earth after their orbit, it is discovered that the chimp has the brains of the astronaut, and the astronaut has the brains of the chimp. Complications ensue.
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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
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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