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Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 14 April 1965 (USA)
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 »

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William Asher
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Cast

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 Drop
Paul Lynde ... Bullets
Donna Michelle Donna Michelle ... Animal
Michael Nader ... Butch (as Mike Nader)
Patti Chandler ... Patti
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Storyline

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 wettest, wildest game in town! See more »


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ai que garotas! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Burton Gilliam's film debut. See more »

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As Buster Keaton chases the beach girl along the shore, the number of rows of footprints in the sand varies from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Eric Von Zipper: My idol used to be Marlo Brandon. Why, he-e-e-e did a movie picture about sic-les. He made them sic-le guys to be bad guys; so, he ain't my idol no more.
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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 »

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I'll Never Change Him
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Written by Gary Usher and Roger Christian
Performed by Annette Funicello
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A Cloud on the Sunny Horizon
27 April 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

No one expects A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) from Frankie and Annette. So anyone catching this celebration of carefree hedonism should know what they're getting from the git-go. All in all, the movie's a time capsule of those pre-Vietnam years when jobs were plentiful, prosperity was on the rise, and the only thing white middle-class teens worried about was a date to the prom. The movie perfectly captures the silly innocence of those teen years. And what better place to celebrate than the land of eternal sunshine and surf: Malibu, California.

But watch out for Timothy Carey's grotesque South Dakota Slim. In retrospect, he's like a forewarning of the Vietnam-Watergate calamities to come— a menacing figure crashing the beach party's beautiful bodies. It was an inspired piece of casting and happenstance. Now, I'm not about to mock the movie's silliness since my own preference runs toward The Three Stooges. At the same time, it looks to this drop-in like the film's probably as good as any of the Beach Party bashes of that long ago sunny era. For many, the movie's got to be a trip down carefree nostalgia lane.


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