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Beach Party (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 7 August 1963 (USA)
"Beach Party" was the first of of a series of seven related AIP beach party films. The others are Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.

Director:

William Asher

Writer:

Lou Rusoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Cummings ... Professor Sutwell (as Bob Cummings)
Dorothy Malone ... Marianne
Frankie Avalon ... Frankie
Annette Funicello ... Dolores
Morey Amsterdam ... Cappy
Harvey Lembeck ... Eric Von Zipper
Eva Six ... Ava
John Ashley ... Ken
Jody McCrea ... Deadhead
Dick Dale ... Musicians (as Dick Dale and the Del Tones)
Andy Romano ... J.D.
Jerry Brutsche ... The Ratz
Bob Harvey Bob Harvey ... The Ratz
John Macchia John Macchia ... The Ratz
Alberta Nelson Alberta Nelson ... The Mice
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Storyline

The first of the five official American-International "Beach Party" movies. Anthropology Professor Robert Orwell Sutwell and his secretary Marianne are studying the sex habits of teenagers. The surfing teens led by Frankie and Dee Dee don't have much sex but they sing, battle the motorcycle rats and mice led by Eric Von Zipper and dance to Dick Dale and the Del Tones. Look for Big Daddy's surprise cameo. Written by alfiehitchie

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Surfs up and the Beach is really swinging! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sucedió en la playa See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Frankie asks "Hey, Sue, have you seen Dolores?" referring to his co-star. Sue replies "Dolores who?" The actress who plays Sue is Delores Wells. See more »

Goofs

When Sutwell succeeds in surfing, the long shots show him with his cap still on. In close-ups he is bareheaded. See more »

Quotes

[at the arrival of Eric Von Zipper and his Rat Pack]
Cappy: Just what we need, the black plague!
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Crazy Credits

(First Screen after Director's credits) "Special Thanks to Vincent Price as Big Daddy..." (Next screen) "Soon to be seen in Edgar Allen Poe's "Haunted Palace" See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Playhouse: The Cafeteria (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Secret Surfin' Spot
by Gary Usher and Roger Christian
Performed by Dick Dale (uncredited)
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"You stupid!"
6 June 2007 | by keesha45See all my reviews

While not the best in the Frankie-Annette beach movies they made with their supporting cast of recurring characters including villain Von Zipper, lovable leader of his "stupid" motorcycle gang, dim-witted Deadhead and the human dancing machine Candy Johnson, it's still pretty good and has something to offer audiences of today. For one thing, it's a good chance to see the beaches of southern California before developers moved in and built homes all over the place. Then, there are some great surfing scenes. The songs and dancing are first rate,and the climactic fight scene is very good, although a lot of the pies thrown missed their marks. There's something for everybody in this entry: comedy, romance, music, hunky guys and pretty girls in bikinis. A film like this must have been a big boon to the tourism industry and for attracting new residents to the state. Who wouldn't want to go to a place where even the motorcycle gangs make nice? Dale Roloff


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