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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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Ride the Wild Surf (1964)

A group of friends go to Hawaii in order to practice surfing, their favourite sport. But this is not all they do there -...

Ski Fever (1966)

Brian Davis (Martin Milner) is an American music student studying at a European university and teaching skiing at an Austrian resort to pay for...

Ski Party (1965)

An amiable, if vastly inferior take on Some Like it Hot (1959), set in a ski resort where college chums Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman...

Surf Party (1964)

Terry (Patricia Morrow), Sylvia (Lory Patrick), and Junior (Jackie DeShannon) arrive in Malibu Beach from Arizona to vacation and to visit Terry’s brother Skeet...

Where The Boys Are (1960)

George Hamilton, Dolores Hart, Paula Prentiss and Jim Hutton star in this silly musical, about college boys and girls in search of romance during...

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Fifth Element, The (1997)

23rd-century New York: When a mysterious female humanoid crash-lands in a taxi cab driven by former government agent Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) he becomes drawn into a race...

Electric Pandas

Because this Australian band's style was based on that of English punk group Exotic Pandas (who Lin Buckfield had known whilst living in the...

Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Entertaining fantasy musical based on the novels of Hugh Lofting, about the magnificent Victorian-era veterinary doctor who can talk to animals. As a result of...

Pandoras, The

The Pandoras - an all-female rock band from Los Angeles - were associated with the Paisley Underground era in Hollywood's alternative rock scene, along...

Shadows of Knight, The

Originally called The Shadows, in next to no time the band were Chicago's most popular group – a group which specialised in commercial blues...

Ethel and Albert

1 9 5 3 - 1 9 5 6 (USA) Few shows captured the everyday, ordinary conversations of a married couple as accurately as Ethel and Albert. The...

Duck Factory, The

1 9 8 4 (USA) This 1984 NBC sitcom went behind the scenes at an animation studio in Hollywood. The studio were making a show called...

Fargo (1996)

The Coen brothers (director/writer Joel and producer/writer Ethan) are on top form with this quirky, unconventional, comedy-tinged crime thriller set in snowy Minnesota. Car salesman Jerry Lundegaard...