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How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 14 July 1965 (USA)
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Frankie, on naval-reserve duty in Tahiti, doesn't trust Dee Dee to stay faithful, so he hires Bwana, a witch doctor, to help. Bwana conjures up a floating bikini, "stuffs" it with Cassandra... See full summary »


William Asher





Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Funicello ... Dee Dee
Dwayne Hickman ... Ricky
Brian Donlevy ... B.D. 'Big Deal' MacPherson
Harvey Lembeck ... Eric Von Zipper
Beverly Adams ... Cassandra
John Ashley ... Johnny
Jody McCrea ... Bonehead
Marianne Gaba ... Animal
Len Lesser ... North Dakota Pete
Irene Tsu ... Native Girl
Arthur Julian Arthur Julian ... Dr. Melamed
Bobbie Shaw Chance ... Khola Koku (as Bobbi Shaw)
Buster Keaton ... Bwana
The Kingsmen The Kingsmen ... The Kingsmen
Alberta Nelson ... Puss


Frankie, on naval-reserve duty in Tahiti, doesn't trust Dee Dee to stay faithful, so he hires Bwana, a witch doctor, to help. Bwana conjures up a floating bikini, "stuffs" it with Cassandra, and sends her to distract advertising executive Ricky from Dee Dee. Written by alfiehitchie

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70s sexploitation cult master Russ Meyer said in an interview that American International wanted him to direct some of the beach blanket bingo movies, a franchise he referred to as "bull crap." Myers said "I told them I'd do it only if Funicello agreed to pop her top off on screen. They of course refused. Though I got the feeling [Samuel Z.] Arkoff may have gone for it if Annette agreed." See more »


In the scene where the Kingsmen are playing, the musician with the white guitar is plucking it as if it's a bass guitar, but it's a six-string guitar, like the other guitar player is using. See more »


Native Girl: After the Navy, you still have me.
Frankie: I also have a girl back home.
Native Girl: Is she pretty?
Frankie: Oh, she's beautiful.
Native Girl: Then, she will be making love too! Just as we are.
Frankie: Dee Dee? Certainly, not. She wouldn't be unfaithful.
Native Girl: Why not?
Frankie: Because she's a girl.
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How About Us
Words and Music by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Performed by the Mickey Rooney Beach Girls
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The Pelican Spy
16 March 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Frankie Avalon off doing his Naval Reserve training in those innocent days before Vietnam is wondering whether Annette is being true to him back at the beach with all those other hunks around. He's stationed on a tropical Pacific Isle with lots of other curvaceous cuties around. He asks one of them to bring him to the local witch doctor for help. The witch doctor sends a pelican out to spy on Annette back at the beach.

So help me this is the beginning of the story. But it's not a half bad film, in fact it gets down right satirical at times. In addition to Frankie, Annette and the rest of the beach crew, some Hollywood old timers got some work in this film and they get a chance to overact outrageously. They include Brian Donlevy and Mickey Rooney as a pair of scheming advertising executives along with Dwayne Hickman who's their schemer in training, Harvey Lembeck as a Marlon Brando type motorcycle gang leader and Buster Keaton as the witch doctor.

I'd try to see How to Stuff a Wild Bikini if for no other reason than to see all these players ham it up. Though in some spots the pelican gives the best performance in the film.

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14 July 1965 (USA) See more »

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Malibu Lake, California, USA See more »

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Alta Vista Productions See more »
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2.35 : 1
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