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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 – managed by Jack Fanny (Don Rickles) – opens next to the beach, conflicts soon arise between the beach gang and the muscle men in this musical starring Frankie Avalon as Frankie and Annette Funicello as Dee Dee.

Meanwhile, Julie, a wealthy Italian contessa (Luciana Paluzzi) – still in widow’s weeds but on the prowl, and managed by S.Z. Matts (Buddy Hackett) – wants muscle-man Flex Martian (Rock Stevens) for her own – until she meets Frankie.

Frankie’s girl Dee Dee gets rightfully jealous and plans to avenge the Frankie-stealing contessa.

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Avalon warbles horribly, Annette dances as if she has a live octopus attached to her derrière, everyone hops around in shorts shaking their heads wildly, and the major plotline of clashing teenage rivals makes West Side Story look like Assault on Precinct 13.

Frankie and Dee Dee returned later in the year (along with most of the cast) in Bikini Beach.

Frankie
Frankie Avalon
Dee Dee
Annette Funicello
Julie
Luciana Paluzzi
Johnny
John Ashley
Jack Fanny
Don Rickles
Deadhead
Jody McCrea
Candy
Candy Johnson
Cappy
Morey Amsterdam
Little Stevie Wonder
Himself
S.Z. Matts
Buddy Hackett
Theodore
Peter Turgeon
Dick Dale
Himself
Flex Martian
Rock Stevens
Animal
Valora Noland
Sniffles
Delores Wells
Donna
Donna Loren
Rock
Bob Seven
Riff
Larry Scott
Tug
Steve Merjanian
Sulk
Chester Yorton
Biff
Dan Haggerty
Mash
Gene Shuey
Clod
Gordon Case
Lisa
Alberta Nelson
Flo
Amadee Chabot
Mr. Strangdour
Peter Lorre

Director
William Asher