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Bikini Beach (1964)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 22 July 1964 (USA)
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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William Asher

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William Asher (screenplay), Leo Townsend (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Avalon ... Frankie / Potato Bug
Annette Funicello ... Dee Dee
Martha Hyer ... Vivien Clements
Don Rickles ... Big Drag
Harvey Lembeck ... Eric Von Zipper
John Ashley ... Johnny
Jody McCrea ... Deadhead
Candy Johnson ... Candy
Danielle Aubry Danielle Aubry ... Lady Bug
Meredith MacRae ... Animal
Delores Wells Delores Wells ... Sniffles (as Dolores Wells)
Paul Smith ... Cop #1
James Westerfield ... Cop #2
Donna Loren ... Donna
Stevie Wonder ... Little Stevie Wonder (as Little Stevie Wonder)
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Millionaire Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III tries to prove to his colleague Vivian Clements that his chimp, Clyde, is more intelligent than American teenagers. Meanwhile Dee Dee is torn between Frankie and British recording star, the Potato Bug. Eric Von Zipper shows up to aid Harvey's anti-teen campaign. Big Drag shows up with others in a gag bit part. Written by alfiehitchie

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It's where every torso is more so, and bare-as-you-dare is the rule! See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Praia dos Biquínis See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[about Harvey Huntington Honeywagon]
Frankie: Can you belive it? The nerve of that guy!
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Deadhead: Imagine, comparing us to monkeys.
Frankie: Deadhead, you may be the missing link.
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Occasional Wardrobe ... Kristin Schroll See more »

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Referenced in Doomsday at Bikini Beach (1999) See more »

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Record Run
by Gary Usher and Roger Christian
Performed by The Pyramids (uncredited)
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Beatle Over a Potato Bug
11 April 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

It's a colorful southern California summer of 1964.

Frankie Avalon (as Frankie) hears nature calling him to Annette Funicello (as Dee Dee); but, she hears only wedding bells. In short order, the "Beach Party" gang goes ga-ga over popular English superstar Frankie Avalon (in a dual role, as "The Potato Bug"), arriving to fill out a romantic triangle for Mr. Avalon and Ms. Funicello. Newspaperman Keenan Wynn (as Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III) is also on hand; accompanied by his ape "Clyde" (Janos Prohaska); Mr. Wynn sets out to prove the "sexually preoccupied" teenagers are akin to monkeys. Adult beauty Martha Hyer (as Vivian Clements) thinks Avalon and company are just having a good time. Don Rickles (as Big Drag) and Harvey Lembeck (as Eric Von Zipper) help add drag racing and motorcycle fun.

Returning more to the initial entry's "Beach Party" formula makes "Bikini Beach" an improvement over the series' recent dip into "Muscle Beach Party". The script is relatively snappy, and amusing. "Clyde" and "Frieda" have a great scene together; for example, when "Clyde" plays with Rickles' bird, in the dragster's beer joint (strictly for kids, Rickles explains, as he serves only beer and soda). Avalon's dual role is nicely played; and it is a timely, welcome nod to the mid-sixties musical "British invasion". Funicello, with a decent amount of navel displayed, is always charming; however, the added hair was unnecessary. The regular "teenagers" are attractive, and Ms. Hyer performs exceptionally well.

Director William Asher uses bewitching wife Elizabeth Montgomery well; she reads the beginning of a newspaper article, and voices the French "Lady Bug". Despite the presence of Stevie Wonder, the Pyramids, and the Exciters; performing songs by the usual writers, the soundtrack is derivative, and unmemorable. Look for Gary Usher, Roger Christian, and Mike Nader among the "Beach Boys". Mr. Nader once told me he was in these movies, and now I see him.

****** Bikini Beach (7/22/64) William Asher ~ Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Martha Hyer, Don Rickles


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