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Ride the Wild Surf (1964)

TV-G | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 5 August 1964 (USA)
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A group of friends go to Hawaii in order to practice surfing, their favorite sport. But this is not all they do there - they also find love...


Don Taylor, Phil Karlson (uncredited)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabian ... Jody Wallis
Shelley Fabares ... Brie Matthews
Peter Brown ... Chase Colton
Barbara Eden ... Augie Poole
Tab Hunter ... Steamer Lane
Susan Hart ... Lily
James Mitchum ... Eskimo
John Anthony Hayes ... Frank Decker (as Anthony Hayes)
Roger Davis ... Charlie
Catherine McLeod ... Mrs. Kilua
Murray Rose Murray Rose ... Swag
Robert Kenneally Robert Kenneally ... Russ Fulton
David Cadiente David Cadiente ... Ally Maloha
Mark LeBuse Mark LeBuse ... Phil (as Alan LeBuse)
Paul Tremaine Paul Tremaine ... Vic


A group of friends go to Hawaii in order to practice surfing, their favorite sport. But this is not all they do there - they also find love... Written by Volker Boehm

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"Steamer" and Lily...the fender-bender and the Hawaiian beauty! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


Susan Hart had three different directors on this film: Don Taylor, Phil Karlson and Art Napoleon. See more »


When Jody Wallis (Fabian) takes refuge from a rain storm in a closed hut, outside in the rain his short is soaked, but when he comes through the door inside his short is mostly dry with a few water spots on it. See more »


TV Commentator: What happens next fellas?
Russ Fulton: It can't last too much longer. You see the way the surf's pounding the bottom, it changes the way the waves break. It makes it hard to find the pocket.
TV Commentator: The pocket?
Ally Maloha: That's the place you take out for them to catch a high ride without getting creamed.
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Crazy Credits

Use of Kawela Bay and Kahuku for photography through the courtesy of The Estate of James Campbell. See more »


Referenced in Pajama Party (1964) See more »


Ride the Wild Surf
by Jan Berry, Brian Wilson and Roger Christian
Sung by Jan & Dean (as Jan and Dean)
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Different from the Frankie and Annette shenanigans
31 January 2002 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

The opening scenes of this beach & surf film seem like the prototype for early 1980's gay porn! Three cute guys looking at the ocean while cheap music plays and then deciding to get in the car together to change into their swimsuits. Only this movie steers clear of any sordidness and the guys actually get out of the car and catch a wave! Where was Jerry's "Springer-Break" when ya needed it?! Everything is swell as the three pieces of meat (Porterhouse Hunter with his seasoned body, Sirloin Strip Brown with his lean, low-fat cut and Ribeye Fabian with his adorable baby fat cheeks--both sets!) paddle out to the ocean amidst a bevy of tan surfer boys. Unfortunately, it isn't long before some pesky girls enter the picture and spoil all the fun. The film's main goal (aside from attempting to add a little seriousness and reality to the beach movie genre) seems to be to switch everyone from their previously established hair color! Tab's hair is light brown instead of blonde, Fabares' is platinum blonde instead of brown (she is half-Scandinavian in the flick so she has to be an almost albino blonde?!), Eden ("Jeannie" for cryin' out loud) is a dark auburn and Brown lightens his natural brown hair and winds up with a shocking. brassy, golden-yellow 'do. Bizarre! (It has since been revealed by Hunter that the guys' hair was changed to match their stunt doubles' hues.) Surprisingly, the surfing footage is pretty decent--especially for it's time. The horror is that interspersed with some great footage featuring stunt doubles, there are rear-projection shots of the leads standing in a studio with water splashed on them as they're teetering back and forth!! Sometimes they actually carry on conversations while "riding" the wild surf! Hilarious! It is interesting to note that the trio of surfer dudes are presented as peers of college age. In truth, one was 21, but the other two were 29 and 33 (!) years old! But they all look pretty darn cute in their suits and with their now-politically incorrect tans. Fabares unexpectedly resembles Sandra Dee very much with her new hair and even sounds like her several times. Look for her first scene in which her headlights are on......HIGH BEAMS! Also on board is Robert Mitchum's son Jim who resembles his father so much it almost seems like Bob popped in for a cameo! It's a pleasant, occasionally interesting, always attractive film which depicts a time that is gone forever. Check it out!

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Release Date:

5 August 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Surfen auf Leben und Tod See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jana Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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