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Bikini Beach
Director: William Asher (Dir)
Release Date:   1964
Premiere Information:   Chicago opening: 22 Jul 1964
Duration (in mins):   100
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Cast:   Frankie Avalon (Frankie/The Potato Bug)  
    Annette Funicello (Dee Dee)  
    Martha Hyer (Vivien Clements)  
    Harvey Lembeck (Eric Von Zipper)  
    Don Rickles (Big Drag)  
    John Ashley (Johnny)  
    Jody McCrea (Deadhead)  
    Candy Johnson (Candy)  
    Danielle Aubry (Lady Bug)  
    Meredith MacRae (Animal)  
    Dolores Wells (Sniffles)  
    Paul Smith    
    James Westerfield (Officers)  
    Donna Loren (Donna)  
    Little Stevie Wonder (Himself)  
    The Pyramids (Themselves)  
    The Exciters Band (Themselves)  
    Janos Prohaska (Clyde, the chimpanzee)  
    Timothy Carey (South Dakota Slim)  
    Val Warren (The Teenage Werewolf Monster)  
    Keenan Wynn (Harvey Huntington Honeywagon)  
    Boris Karloff (Art dealer)  
    Renie Riano    

Summary: Frankie, Dee Dee, and their surfing friends arrive at Bikini Beach for a vacation and meet The Potato Bug, a British recording star also vacationing there. Newspaper publisher Huntington Honeywagon, who is trying to obtain the beach for a senior citizens' retirement community, menaces the youngsters' beach fun, claiming that they have sunk to animal level. (Honeywagon uses his pet chimpanzee, Clyde, to demonstrate his point.) The youngsters have allies in Vivien Clements, a teacher, and Big Drag, operator of a teenagers' hangout. The Potato Bug is interested in drag racing, and when Frankie expresses a similar interest, Dee Dee, out of spite, flirts with the Britisher. Eric Von Zipper and his motorcycle gang join Honeywagon's campaign against the surfers. Meanwhile, under Vivien's influence, Honeywagon begins to change his opinion of the youngsters. When Frankie and The Potato Bug plan to compete in a drag race, Von Zipper sabotages what he thinks is the Britisher's car, hoping that Frankie will be blamed. The sabotaged car is Frankie's, and he barely escapes when the car crashes after the race ends in a dead heat. Von Zipper is found out, and he and his gang are defeated in a fight at Big Drag's place and are sent away. The Potato Bug leaves, Frankie and Dee Dee are reconciled, and Vivien and Honeywagon become friends. 

Production Company: Alta Vista Productions  
Distribution Company: American International Pictures  
Director: William Asher (Dir)
  Anthony Carras (2nd unit dir)
  Clark Paylow (Asst dir)
Producer: James H. Nicholson (Pres)
  Samuel Z. Arkoff (Pres)
  James H. Nicholson (Prod)
  Samuel Z. Arkoff (Prod)
  Anthony Carras (Co-prod)
Writer: William Asher (Wrt)
  Leo Townsend (Wrt)
  Robert Dillon (Wrt)
Photography: Floyd Crosby (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Daniel Haller (Art dir & prod des)
Film Editor: Fred Feitshans (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Harry Reif (Set dec)
Costumes: Marjorie Corso (Cost)
Music: Les Baxter (Mus score)
  Al Simms (Mus coordinator)
Sound: Don Rush (Sd)
  Kay Rose (Sd ed)
  Eve Newman (Music ed)
  Milton Lustig (Asst music ed)
Special Effects: Butler-Glouner Inc. (Spec photog eff)
  Roger George (Spec eff)
  Joe Zomar (Spec eff)
Dance: Tom Mahoney (Choreog)
Make Up: Eve Newing (Hairstyles)
Production Misc: Joe Wonder (Prod supv)
  Jack Cash (Prod asst)
  Von Deming (Tech adv)
  Dean Jeffries (Coöp)
  Karl Brainard (Prop)
  Ross Hahn (Constr coordinator)
  Butler-Glouner Inc. (Titles)
Country: United States

Songs: "Bikini Beach," "Love's a Secret Weapon," "Gimme Your Love," "How About That!," "This Time It's Love," "Happy Feeling (Dance and Shout)" and "Because You're You," words and music by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner; "Bikini Drag" and "Record Run," words and music by Gary Usher and Roger Christian and "Got You Where I Want You," words and music by Jack Merrill and Red Gilson.
Composer: Roger Christian
  Red Gilson
  Guy Hemric
  Jack Merrill
  Jerry Styner
  Gary Usher

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Alta Vista Productions 22/7/1964 dd/mm/yyyy LP29248

Physical Properties: col: PathéColor

Genre: Comedy
Sub-Genre: with songs
Subjects (Major): Adolescence
  Automobile accidents
  Automobile racing
  Bikini (Bathing suit)
  Motorcycle gangs
  Publishers and publishing
  Rock and roll music
  Surfers and surfing

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