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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 tune for A Swingin’ Affair earlier in the year.

Dale was the beach bum who played guitar and surfed on his own but finally rose to fame 32 years later with the hit soundtrack for Pulp Fiction (1994).

Beach Party was a bold departure for American-International, featuring some famous (and talented) actors, and being shot in flaming colour. The budget was also considerably larger than anything they had done in the black and white/leather jacket days with movies such as Dragstrip Girl.

The movie was followed by four sequels. The first sequel, Muscle Beach Party (1964), had Dick Dale, Brian Wilson and Stevie Wonder. The second, Bikini Beach (1964), also had Little Stevie Wonder making his debut with hit song Fingertips.

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965), featured a performance by The Kingsmen of Louie, Louie fame, while The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966), featured the Bobby Fuller Four.

The surfer kids also put on their clothes for Ski Party (1965), featuring Lesley Gore, James Brown and The Hondells.

beachpartyProfessor Sutwell
Bob Cummings
Dorothy Malone
Frankie Avalon
Annette Funicello
Eva Six
Eric Von Zipper
Harvey Lembeck
Jody McCrea
Morey Amsterdam
John Ashley
Valora Noland
Bobby Payne
Andy Romano
David Landfield
The Ratz
Jerry Brutsche
Bob Harvey
John Macchia
The Mice
Alberta Nelson
Linda Rogers
Dick Dale and the Del Tones

William Asher