Beach movies

Annette Funicello

Born on 22 October 1942, Annette Funicello became an overnight sensation in 1955 when she first appeared on a new afternoon TV show, at the age of 13. Her appearance as a pretty, intelligent, talented and dignified Mousketeer helped make The Mickey Mouse Club the most popular children's TV show of 1950s America. Annette was the 24th(...)

Back To The Beach (1987)

Back To The Beach (1987)

It's hard to imagine who Lyndall Hobbs thought would love her parody of early sixties beach movies like How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965) and Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) - kids who were too young to have seen the originals or ancient dodo's who remembered the old films with fondness. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello are together again as Ohio(...)

Beach Ball (1965)

"Those surf ridin', skin divin', sky jumpin', drag racin', beach bashin' boys and their bikini beauties . . . in a blast of a beach brawl!" Dick Martin (Edd Byrnes), manager of the college rock and roll group, The Wigglers (Bango, Jack and Bob), is notified by music store owner Mr Wolf (James Wellman) that the(...)

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

"The Beach Party gang goes sky diving" When a biker gang kidnaps a singing star called Sugar Kane (Linda Evans), Frankie (Frankie Avalon) sets out to rescue her, provoking the jealousy of Dee Dee (Annette Funicello).   Buster Keaton pays the rent with a walk-on cameo. Released in the UK as Malibu Beach. Frankie Frankie Avalon(...)

Beach Movies

The rise of Surf Music in the early 60s, coupled with the general surfing craze that was sweeping the USA, inevitably began to spawn movies, with Beach Party (1963) starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello doing particularly well. Four more films followed in quick succession, utilising the same stars, crew and concept:  Muscle Beach Party (1964), Bikini Beach (1964), Beach(...)

Beach Party (1963)

"It's what happens when 10,000 kids meet on 5,000 Beach Blankets!" An anthropologist studying the sex habits of young people finds himself in the middle of a pie-throwing brawl. The first and most famous of the Beach Movies is something of a curiosity for the inclusion of Dick Dale and the Del-Tones who sang the title(...)

Bikini Beach (1964)

Bikini Beach (1964)

Another surf-and-sand-and-teenagers episode with a simple story about an old grump being converted by a nice school teacher to loving the crazy kids who disport themselves around him. Harvey Huntington Honeywagon (Keenan Wynn) wants to prove his chimpanzee is as intelligent as teenagers and build a retirement home on the kids' beach. Don Rickles is(...)

Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, The (1966)

The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini was a wild beach party romp in which a motorcycle gang gets involved with a Frankenstein's monster type at a haunted mansion. Hiram Stokely (Boris Karloff in one of his last film roles) is visited in his coffin by Cecily (Susan Hart), the ghost of his sweetheart of 30 years ago. She(...)

Gidget (1959)

Sixteen-year-old Frances Lawrence (pert blonde, blue-eyed screen newcomer Sandra Dee at her most innocent) is the film's title character, christened 'Gidget' by her friends at the beach (girl + midget = Gidget). Gidget and her more mature and boy hungry friends (including future Batgirl Yvonne Craig) start their summer vacation by heading to the beach(...)

Girls On The Beach, The (1965)

Selma (Noreen Corcoran), Cynthia (Linda Marshall), and Betty (Nancy Spry) are trying to raise money to save their sorority house (Alpha Beta) when they run into Duke (Martin West), Brian (Steven Rogers), and Wayne (Aron Kincaid), who try to impress them by claiming to know The Beatles. Believing that The Beatles have agreed to fly from(...)

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

"It's the "Cycle Rats" vs "The Bikini's" on bikes - Thrills and Spills in the wildest motorcycle race ever run" With Frankie away in Tahiti, Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) and the rest of the gang are involved in a new series of adventures in this, the fifth in the series of Beach Party movies from producers(...)

It’s a Bikini World (1967)

Mike Samson (Tommy Kirk), the big man on his southern California beach and the object of desire of every girl on the beach, falls for Delilah Dawes (Deborah Walley), who is in the area visiting their mutual friend, Pebbles (Suzie Kaye). Despite Pebbles' assertions that Mike is a great guy, feminist Delilah finds him arrogant,(...)

Muscle Beach Party (1964)

The original Beach Party (1963) was a big teen success, so the producers came up with this lacklustre sequel. When a new gym opens next to the beach, conflicts soon arise between the beach gang and the muscle men in this musical starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Meanwhile, Julie, a wealthy Italian contessa (Luciana Paluzzi) managed(...)

Out Of Sight (1966)

A spy's butler plans to follow in his employer's footsteps by tackling the case of a mad scientist at the beach. Out Of Sight was one of the better Beach Movie films, and featured great music from Freddie & The Dreamers, The Turtles, The Knickerbockers, The Astronauts, Dobie Gray and Gary Lewis & The Playboys. Look for the scrumptious Deanna Lund (Valerie in Land Of(...)

Pajama Party (1964)

One of those kitsch 1960s Californian beach party movies which began with Beach Party (1963). In this one, Tommy Kirk plays a Martian scout sent to Earth to prepare for an invasion who drops in on the high jinks of a teenage party with suitably nonplussed results. Meanwhile, a plot is afoot by two con men to(...)

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