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Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Linda Evans, Marta Kristen, Paul Lynde, Don Rickles, Buster Keaton, Earl Wilson, Donna Loren, Harvey Lembeck, Alberta Nelson, and Mike Nader. Directed by William Asher.

Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley, and John AshleyJohn Ashley and Deborah Walley

From American International's Beach Blanket Bingo, AIP's fifth beach party movie. LEFT: Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley, and John Ashley in a promotional shot for the film. RIGHT: John Ashley and Deborah Walley as the bickering sky-diving team

plot synopsis

Big Valley star Linda Evans is at the heart of the plot of this fifth beach party film. Evans portrays Sugar Kane, a pop singer managed by Paul Lynde, who develops several publicity stunts for Sugar. She fakes a sky-diving stunt that is performed by Deborah Walley.

Sally Sachse, Earl Wilson, and Paul LyndeEarl Wilson, Paul Lynde, Frankie Avalon, and Linda EvansBeach Blanket BingoMary Hughes, Jody McCrea, and Patti ChandlerJody McCrea

LEFT: Earl Wilson and Paul Lynde watch the sky-diving stunt. CENTER A: Linda Evans is 'rescued' by Frankie Avalon while Paul Lynde and Earl Wilson look on. CENTER B: Mike Nader and fellow beach boys check out the bikini-clad girls on the beach. CENTER C and RIGHT: Stills featuring Jody McCrea, Mary Hughes, and Patti Chandler

Eric von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) falls in love with Sugar and kidnaps her. Meanwhile, Bonehead (Jody McCrea) meets a mermaid (Marta Kristen) and falls in love. In the third subplot, Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) proves to Frankie Frankie Avalon) that women can do anything that men can do, which in this case is skydiving.

Annettte Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Linda Evans, Mike Nader, and Jody McCreaDeborah Walley and John AshleyAnnette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley, and John Ashley

LEFT: Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Linda Evans, Mike Nader, and Jody McCrea. CENTER: Deborah Walley and John Ashley portray a bickering couple. RIGHT: Near the end of the film, with Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley, and John Ashley

music

Donna Loren

Photo of Donna Loren used for her Capitol album Beach Blanket Bingo

Donna Loren tackles her singing duties in this film with her usual professionalism. The Hondells also perform, as well as Linda Evans, who lip-syncs two songs. Of course, both Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello also contribute numbers.

trivia

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Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)/How To Stuff A Wild Bikini [DVD](1965) DVD
The "Beach Party" gang is back in a double bill that's packed with more fun than a two-piece bathing suit. "Beach Blanket Bingo," a wild mix about a missing singing star, a mermaid, and biker Eric Von Zipper's gang, features guest stars Don Rickles, Paul Lynde, Buster Keaton, and Linda Evans joining series regulars Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon and Harvey Lembeck. Then, while Frankie is away on Army Reserve duty, he gets witch doctor Keaton to send a bikini-clad beauty to keep rival Dwayne Hickman away from Annette, in "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini." Beverly Adams, Mickey Rooney, and The Kingsmen also star. 192 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailers.

Frankie & Annette: M-G-M Movie Legends Collection [DVD] DVD
"Surf's up" in this four-disc boxed set saluting AIP's teen comedy series and seaside sweethearts Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Anthropologist Bob Cummings uses the pair as part of a study of modern mating habits in the original "Beach Party" (1963), with Morey Amsterdam, Dorothy Malone, and Harvey Lembeck as Eric Von Zipper. Annette has her hands full when the Potato Bug, a British pop star who's Frankie's double, arrives at "Bikini Beach" (1964). Don Rickles and Little Stevie Wonder guest star. Gym owner Rickles wants to take over the kids' surf spot, and heiress Luciana Paluzzi wants to woo Frankie from Annette, in "Muscle Beach Party" (1964). Avalon trades his board for slats and joins Dwayne Hickman, Deborah Walley and James Brown for a "Ski Party" (1965). "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965) boasts a missing singer, a mermaid, and skydiving surfdogs. Avalon wants to keep pal Hickman away from Funicello while he's on military duty in "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" (1965), with Buster Keaton. Frankie's a moonshine-running hot rodder competing with racer Fabian for Annette's hand in "Fireball 500" (1966). And Fabian and Funicello burn rubber together in "Thunder Alley" (1967). 12 1/2 hrs. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English mono.

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