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Surf Party (1964)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 30 January 1964 (USA)
A young girl travels to California with a couple of friends in order to visit her brother, whom she hasn't seen for some time. After they arrive it doesn't take long for them to get into ... See full summary »


Maury Dexter


Harry Spalding




Complete credited cast:
Bobby Vinton ... Len Marshal
Patricia Morrow ... Terry Wells
Jackie DeShannon ... Junior Griffith
Ken Miller Ken Miller ... Milo Talbot (as Kenny Miller)
Lory Patrick ... Sylvia Dempster
Richard Crane ... Sgt. Wayne Neal
Martha Stewart ... Pauline Lowell
Jerry Summers Jerry Summers ... Skeet Wells
The Astronauts ... The Astronauts
The Routers ... The Routers
Lloyd Kino ... Casey
Mickey Dora ... Surfer
Johnny Fain Johnny Fain ... Surfer
Pam Colbert Pam Colbert ... Surfer
Donna Russell Donna Russell ... Surfer


A young girl travels to California with a couple of friends in order to visit her brother, whom she hasn't seen for some time. After they arrive it doesn't take long for them to get into the swing of things and also to attract the attention of the local police sergeant, who is strictly anti-surfing. Pretty soon there is a falling out between the local surfers and it becomes clear that her brothers reputation is far greater than reality and his lifestyle is not all it appears to be. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Rare footage of classic groups including The Routers (Michael Z. Gordon, Scott Engel and Rand Viers), The Astronauts and many other surf groups.. See more »


Comedy | Musical


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The second of three beach-set teen movies during the early-to-mid sixties produced and directed by Maury Dexter: SURF PARTY came out between THE YOUNG SWINGERS and WILD ON THE BEACH. See more »


As the film opens, the three female leads are driving on a highway in a 1964 Dodge convertible, towing a travel trailer, and there are no other vehicles in front of or behind them. In the next shot, taken from the next lane and in front of the Dodge, there is an early 1960s Studebaker Hawk two-door following behind them. In the following shot, taken from behind the Dodge, the Studebaker has disappeared and there are no other cars following them. See more »


Junior GriffithTerry WellsSylvia Dempster: [singing] We're really at the ocean, Where the surfers are, We know we're on the right track, When we get to where the surfers are, We're never ever comin' back, Oh, no, we're never comin' back, Never comin' back, Never coming' back again...
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Referenced in This Is Us: A Hell of a Week: Part Three (2020) See more »


Never Comin' Back
Written by 'By' Dunham and Jimmie Haskell
Performed by Jackie DeShannon, Patricia Morrow and Lory Patrick
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Another day at the beach
8 June 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

People who are nostalgic for Jackie DeShannon and a couple of Beach Boy wannabe rock and roll groups will have reason enough to watch Surf Party. For anyone else I can't say.

Bobby Vinton and Patricia Summer star in this shoestring budget beach film. Vinton owns a surf board shop and for reasons I cannot fathom the local law in the person of Richard Crane thinks he ought to assume responsibility for the local surfers. Ken Miller is the head of a clique of surfers who act more like hotrodders and folks who want to join the clique have to the equivalent of a surf chicken run.

The film is cheap and shoddy, the musical artists have their moments. I think Bobby Vinton was better served in those two John Wayne films he did.

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