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Muscle Beach Party (1964)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 25 March 1964 (USA)
Local beach-goers find that their beach has been taken over by a businessman training a stable of body builders.

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William Asher

Writers:

William Asher (story), Robert Dillon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Avalon ... Frankie
Annette Funicello ... Dee Dee
Luciana Paluzzi ... Julie
John Ashley ... Johnny
Don Rickles ... Jack Fanny
Peter Turgeon ... Theodore
Jody McCrea ... Deadhead
Dick Dale ... Himself
Candy Johnson Candy Johnson ... Candy
Peter Lupus ... Flex Martian (as Rock Stevens)
Valora Noland ... Animal
Delores Wells Delores Wells ... Sniffles
Donna Loren ... Donna
Morey Amsterdam ... Cappy
Stevie Wonder ... Himself (as Little Stevie Wonder)
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Storyline

Julie, a wealthy contessa managed by S.Z. Matts, wants muscle-man Flex Martin, trained by Jack Fanny, for her own - until she meets Frankie. Frankie's girl Dee Dee gets rightfully jealous and plans to avenge the Frankie-stealing contessa. Mr. Strangdour appears briefly as the king of the strongmen. Written by alfiehitchie

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When 10,000 Biceps go around 5,000 Bikinis... you KNOW what's gonna happen! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bikinis e músculos See more »

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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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Trivia

This is the debut of music prodigy "Little" Stevie Wonder, who receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene when Frankie and Annette are driving to the beach in their hot rod it shows Frankie singing with no windshield wiper on the car in the close-ups, but in the wide angle shots it clearly shows the windshield wiper sitting at the top of the windshield. See more »

Quotes

Julie: We'll be good for each other, Frankie.
Frankie: Would we Julie?
Julie: Oh, Frankie, I can show you so much. I can open the world for you. You'll see Tangiers in October and we'll cruise the Greek islands in the summer and Paris when the streets are wet with rain.
Frankie: And an 80 foot wave?
Julie: It's even higher than that.
Frankie: How far does it ride?
Julie: As far as you want.
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Crazy Credits

Candy does her 'Whammy' on the end credits. See more »

Connections

References La Dolce Vita (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Street
Lyrics and Music by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Performed by Stevie Wonder
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"Leisurely" pace, and an actual story
27 July 2005 | by destiny-17See all my reviews

This Beach movie actually tells a story, asking the question - would Frankie be happier surfing all over the world as the singing protégé of a rich woman who wasn't Dee-Dee? But don't worry - it's conveyed in short snatches of hipster-y dialog ("Solid-gold surf boards don't float too well!") between songs, hijinx, and some well-edited surfing footage.

Enjoy the "leisurely" pace - footage of the kids' cars arriving at the beach, establishing shots of the beach at night, even the kids settling in for a night of sleeping and no hanky-panky... (Frankie doesn't believe it, either.) Annette gets another good slow song - which, unfortunately, Frankie also decides to sing later on. Frankie's fast song is better,and Stevie Wonder sings a joyful "Happy Street". (And then sings it again in the closing credits.) I just wish Dick Dale had done a guitar solo instead of singing..

Buddy Hackett is a lot of fun, but also gets a poignant point-making monologue at the end. Peter Lorre does one of the better end-of-the-movie cameos as "the Boss," and there's the usual turns by Don Rickles and Morey Amsterdam. For the ladies, there's a line of genuine California beach muscle-men, including future "Grizzly Adams" star Dan Haggerty. (He jiggles his chest muscles and whistles!)

And I think Annette is actually wearing a two-piece!


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