In the fourth of the highly successful Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper kidnaps singing star Sugar Kane managed by Bullets, who hires ... See full summary »


William Asher





Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Avalon ... Frankie
Annette Funicello ... Dee Dee
Deborah Walley ... Bonnie Graham
Harvey Lembeck ... Eric Von Zipper
John Ashley ... Steve Gordon
Jody McCrea ... Bonehead
Donna Loren ... Donna
Marta Kristen ... Lorelei
Linda Evans ... Sugar Kane
Timothy Carey ... South Dakota Slim
Don Rickles ... Big Drag
Paul Lynde ... Bullets
Donna Michelle Donna Michelle ... Animal
Michael Nader ... Butch (as Mike Nader)
Patti Chandler ... Patti


In the fourth of the highly successful Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper kidnaps singing star Sugar Kane managed by Bullets, who hires sky-diving surfers Steve and Bonnie from Big Drop for a publicity stunt. With the usual gang of kids and a mermaid named Lorelei. Written by alfiehitchie

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It's the game that separates the girls and the boys...into groups of two! See more »


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Is featured in Good Morning Vietnam when the group goes to the movie theater. See more »


Frankie and Annette free-fall their first time sky-diving. In real life, the first time people sky-dive, their parachutes are set to open automatically when they jump from the plane -- this is because some people faint their first time sky-diving. And if they are unconscious, they can't open their chutes, and they will crash into the ground. See more »


Bullets: Come along now and let's, uh, get out of these loose clothes and slip into something tight.
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Alternate Versions

One musical monologue number of Annette Funicello singing "I'll Never Change Him" was cut from the original theatrical print but appears in some prints that air on cable TV. See more »


Featured in Precious Images (1986) See more »


I Think You Think
Music and Arrangements by Jerry Styner
Lyrics by Guy Hemric
Performed by Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello
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A fun "Beach Party" outing, but showing some fatigue
9 April 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

"Beach Blanket Bingo" is full of quirky touches (like Annette's face turning green while doing a free-fall out of an airplane or a kidnapped Linda Evans about to be buzz-sawed in half a la "The Perils of Pauline"). It's a colorful entry in the "Beach Party" serial, though oddly missing an exciting musical group (The Hondells in favor of Stevie Wonder or Dick Dale). Also missing is dancing-wonder Candy Johnson, and Annette sings two duets with Frankie Avalon but no solo number (it was cut). The comedy routine by Don Rickles is agonizing and falls flat, but Paul Lynde has some funny one-liners. This series was starting to show its age by now, and the teens are looking a bit long in the tooth (John Ashley no longer plays Frankie's friend, here he's a sky-diving instructor). The mermaid subplot featuring a ravishingly sweet Marta Kristen wowing Jody McCrea is the best part of the picture (it tops anything in "Splash"), but there's enough music and slapstick to keep the rest bubbling along. **1/2 from ****

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14 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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Beach Blanket Bingo See more »

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Alta Vista Productions See more »
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2.35 : 1
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