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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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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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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

Early in the film, when Frankie and Delores are driving down the paved highway, a shot from a distance shows a somewhat narrow (two-lane) road with the opposite lane a dark asphalt. Seconds later, a more close-up cab scene shows a much wider highway with no dark asphalt on the opposite side. See more »

Quotes

Cappy: [about Frankie] Boy, that kid's really got a chip on his shoulder. I think it's his head.
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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 Teen Beach Movie (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Promise Me Anything (Give Me Love)
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Performed by Annette Funicello (uncredited)
Sung along to by Dorothy Malone (uncredited)
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Sand, girls, rock 'n' roll, girls, surfing, girls, etc.
8 November 2004 | by bheyerSee all my reviews

Okay, I'm a sucker for ALL the old "Beach Party" movies, starring Frankie and Annette. How 'bout that? They're like Fred and Ginger, Hope and Crosby and William Powell and Myrna Loy: They're icons! This movie, the ORIGINAL "Beach Party," is the BEST of the lot if you're asking me. Besides Frankie and Annette, Bob Cummings and Oscar winner ("Written on the Wind") Dorothy Malone, also star. I can't believe that someone on this thread actually described the WONDERFUL Bob Cummings as "offensive." Apparently, this person NEVER saw this actor on his old "Love that Bob" TV sitcom from the '50's. I did. A more lighthearted and fun actor I've never seen; decidedly NOT "offensive."

THIS movie is just like the old Beach Boys song, "Fun, Fun, Fun." NOTHING to take seriously. Pure fluff, just like the old Doris Day and Rock Hudson comedies from a more innocent time. Not too much in the way of plot (hot-blooded and red-blooded American girls and boys, sand, surfing, rock 'n' roll, a little harmless sex (c'mon, this IS 1963!), a couple of middle-agers (Bob and Dorothy) and the most tame, inept and funny "outlaw" motorcycle gang you've EVER seen! Also, a GREAT supporting cast: Morey Amsterdam, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Eva Six and EVEN Vincent Price!

Look, upon reaching puberty, Annette Funicello was my very first "crush." I'm 55, now, and I STILL love her! This movie didn't re-define the American cinema, but there are FAR worse ways to kill 101 minutes!


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