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Bikini Beach

  • Comedy
  • Music
  • 1964
  • William Asher
  • 99 mins
  • U

Summary

A millionaire sets out to prove his theory that his pet chimpanzee is as intelligent as the teenagers who hang out on the local beach, where he is intending to build a retirement home.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The third in the fun-in-the-sun teen series features Frankie Avalon in two roles - his usual lovesick surfer lusting after Annette Funicello and a British pop idol named the Potato Bug with the same idea. There's the usual quota of beach frolics, disapproving adults, camp Hell's Angels and drag races, while fluffy pop ditties from the leads are complemented by appearances from Little Stevie Wonder, The Exciters and The Pyramids. With more social comment than normal, relating to the impact of the British pop invasion on American society, this go-go delight is one of the best in the series, even though Avalon's English accent, Beatle wig and "yeah yeahs" strain the wafer-thin credibility further by teetering on the embarrassing.

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Credits

Cast

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Frankie / Potato BugFrankie Avalon
Dee DeeAnnette Funicello
Vivien ClementsMartha Hyer
Eric Von ZipperHarvey Lembeck
Big DragDon Rickles
JohnnyJohn Ashley
Little Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
Harvey Huntington HoneywagonKeenan Wynn
Art dealerBoris Karloff
DeadheadJody McCrea
CandyCandy Johnson
Lady BugDanielle Aubry
AnimalMeredith MacRae

Crew

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DirectorWilliam Asher

Details

Theatrical distributor
Anglo Amalgamated
Released on
1965-07-25
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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