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Private Eye Bernard Bingbang is hired by old lady Agatha Bungworthy to find her runaway niece Cynthia, heir to the family fortune.

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Lee Frost (as R.L. Frost)

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Lee Frost (screenplay) (as R. L. Frost), H. Duane Weaver (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tom Newman Tom Newman ... Bernard Bingbang
Bob Cresse ... Agatha Bungworthy / Townsend Bungworthy
Dwayne Winton Dwayne Winton ... Lt. Ricketts (as Wayne Winton)
Maurice Julian Maurice Julian ... Howard
Howard Dayton Howard Dayton ... Louie
Vic Tayback ... Arms (as Vick Tayback)
Sue Stern Sue Stern ... Molly
Eva Kennedi Eva Kennedi ... Eva
Harriet Vecker Harriet Vecker ... Maggie
Rick Davis Rick Davis ... Butler
Jon Lackey Jon Lackey ... Pencils McGee
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Jock Morgan
Tom Carrol Tom Carrol ... Policeman #1
Tom Patican Jr. Tom Patican Jr. ... Policeman #2
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Private Eye Bernard Bingbang is hired by old lady Agatha Bungworthy to find her runaway niece Cynthia, heir to the family fortune.

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The private eye that eyed too much for TV!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1973 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Call Surfside 77 See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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A German dubbed version entitled, "...und ewig knarren die Betten" (literally, "And Forever Creak the Beds"), was released on VHS in 1984. See more »

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The German dubbed version of the film was released in cinemas more than a decade after its original US release. Therefore, some additional nude footage was shot by the German distributor and cut into the US version of the movie. The German version runs about 20 minutes longer than the American one. See more »

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Referenced in Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965) See more »

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Weak skin flick from a future master
28 January 2011 | by lor_See all my reviews

Lee Frost has quite a legion of fans (myself among them), who appreciate his extending the boundaries of porn into the melodramatic violent genre. This earliest effort does not really fit into his oeuvre, as it is mild in the extreme.

Producer/co-star Bob Cresse enthuses in one of his pompous trailers that SURFTIDE 77 was the first direct sound nudie -the form having been exclusively MOS with narration before. That's about its only dubious claim to fame.

The movie makes fun of "Surfside 6", a TV series to which I was addicted some 50 years ago (ouch, I feel old just typing that!). Yes, Margarita Sierra was a household name in my house, and the stable of Warner Brothers contract stars were among my favorites.

But Frost, Cresse & cohorts fail to capitalize on the ample sources for satire (Fontainebleau & specifically the "Boom Boom Room" setting of 6), instead using the private eye format as an excuse for dumb gags and bare breasts, thankfully very photogenic breasts.

Mary Tyler Moore's memorable character on the "Richard Diamond" show is spoofed (the receptionist on the phone whose face is never seen), but instead of the leggy shots of the original we're treated to huge breasts. An imitation of Marilyn Monroe in THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH is also thrown in as part of the comedy filler.

Of course the pretty girls' body parts are why one watches this drivel, but it is fun to see character actor Vic Tayback, with a full head of hair, cast as a Mafia gangster, the only real actor in the picture. It's like seeing an early screen appearance of Yul Brynner, Telly Savalas or Theo Marcuse, pre-baldie.

Something Weird used a particularly crummy print here, with the original color photography reduced to a near monochrome combination of faded brownish & greenish colors.


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