beach party movie pages

Recent additions include Chris Noel! Click on the images below to access the beach film pages and the actor pages. Each one is devoted to a specific movie or actor.
Go to the Muscle Beach Party page Muscle Beach Party Starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Luciana Paluzzi, Don Rickles, and Peter Lupus Go to the Bikini Beach page Bikini Beach Starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Jody McCrea, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Meredith MacRae, Donna Loren, and Candy Johnson
Go to the Pajama Party page Pajama Party Starring Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Jody McCrea, Elsa Lanchester, Don Rickles, Jesse White, Buster Keaton, Dorothy Lamour, and Dorothy Kilgallen (cameo) Go to the Beach Blanket Bingo page Beach Blanket Bingo Starring Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley, John Ashley, Donna Loren, Linda Evans, Marta Kristen, Paul Lynde, Buster Keaton, Don Rickles, and Harvey Lembeck
Go to the How to Stuff a Wild Bikini page How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Starring Annette Funicello, Dwayne Hickman, Brian Donlevy, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Buster Keaton, and Mickey Rooney Go to the Ghost in the Invisible Bikini page Ghost in the Invisible Bikini Starring Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, Patsy Kelly, Aron Kincaid, Boris Karloff, Francis X. Bushman, Basil Rathbone, Jesse White, Nancy Sinatra, and The Bobby Fuller Four
Go to the Village of the Giants page Village of the Giants Starring Tommy Kirk, Beau Bridges, Ronnie Howard, Joy Harmon, The Beau Brummels, Toni Basil, Freddie Cannon, Tim Rooney, Jim Begg, and Mike Clifford Go to the C'mon, Let's Live a Little page C'mon, Let's Live a Little Starring Jackie DeShannon, Bobby Vee, Eddie Hodges, Kim Carnes, Jill Banner, Russ Conway, John Ireland Jr., and Pasty Kelly
Go to the It's a Bikini World page It's a Bikini World Starring Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, Suzie Kaye, Bobby "Boris" Pickett, The Animals, The Gentrys, The Toys, The Castaways, and Pat and Lolly Vegas Go to the Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine page Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine Starring Vincent Price, Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Deborah Walley, and Susan Hart
Go to the Fireball 500 page Fireball 500 Starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian, Julie Parrish, and Harvey Lembeck

beach movie actor pages

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John Ashley
John Ashley
Frankie Avalon
Frankie Avalon
Yvonne Craig
Yvonne Craig
Annette Funicello
Annette Funicello
Fabian
Fabian
Joy Harmon
Joy Harmon
Tab Hunter
Tab Hunter
Aron Kincaid
Aron Kincaid
Tommy Kirk
Tommy Kirk
Donna Loren
Donna Loren
Jody McCrea
Jody McCrea
Chris Noel
Chris Noel
Quinn O'Hara
Quinn O'Hara
Deborah Walley
Deborah Walley

a brief history of beach party films

American International Pictures (AIP) put the beach party genre on the map with the release of Beach Party (1963; with Robert Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Frankie Avalon, and Annette Funicello). However, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, seeds had been sewn for the genre in such youth-oriented films as Gidget (1959; with Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, and James Darren), Where the Boys Are (1960; with George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss, and Barbara Nichols), Blue Hawaii (1961; with Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, and Angela Lansbury), Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961; with Deborah Walley and James Darren). However, AIP was responsible for the rise of the genre. In total, AIP released seven beach party films between August 1963 and April 1966. These titles are listed in order of release:

Beach Party (1963)
Muscle Beach Party (1964)
Bikini Beach (1964)
Pajama Party (1964)
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)

With the popularity of beach films starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, AIP released a number of films closely related to AIP's beach party series both in style and spirit, and often similar in cast listings. The following films were produced by AIP:

Ski Party (1965), with Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Deborah Walley, Yvonne Craig, Aron Kincaid, and Robert Q. Lewis;
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965), with Vincent Price, Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, and Susan Hart;
Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966) with Vincent Price and Fabian; and
Fireball 500 (1966), with Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian, Julie Parrish, and Harvey Lembeck.

That said, other studios were quick to copy AIP's formula and success be releasing dozens of beach-party-inspired 1960s drive-in films released by major studios (MGM, Columbia, Paramount) and low-budget independents, such as the following titles:

Ride the Wild Surf (1964) with Susan Hart, Fabian, Shelley Fabares, Tab Hunter, and Barbara Eden;
The Horror of Party Beach, (1964) directed by Del Tenney and featuring John Scott and Alice Lyon.
Beach Ball (1965) with Aron Kincaid, Chris Noel, Edd Byrnes, and The Supremes;
The Girls on the Beach (1965) with Aron Kincaid, Noreen Corcoran, Lori Saunders, Lana Wood, and Sheila Bromley;
A Swingin' Summer (1965) with James Stacy, William Wellman Jr., Quinn O'Hara, Martin West, Mary Mitchel, and Raquel Welch;
Village of the Giants (1965), directed by Bert I. Gordon and starring Tommy Kirk, Ronnie Howard, Beau Bridges, Joy Harmon, The Beau Brummels, and Toni Basil;
Winter A-Go-Go (1965) with James Stacy, William Wellman Jr., Beverly Adams, Jill Donohue, Julie Parrish, Linda Rogers, and Nancy Czar; and
Wild, Wild Winter (1966) with Gary Clarke, Chris Noel, Don Edmonds, and Suzie Kaye.

The end of the line for beach party flicks came in mid 1966, but a few were late to the party---for good reason, however. C'mon, Let's Live a Little (1967; with Bobby Vee, Jackie DeShannon) was released in March 1967 but had been produced largely in late 1965. The production ran short of funds, so the film was temporarily shelved and then completed in the summer of 1966. The final film in the genre is It's a Bikini World (1967; with Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, Suzie Kaye, and Bobby "Boris" Pickett). Shot in December 1965, It's a Bikini World was not released until April 1967 due to budgetary problems. Complete with a terrific cast and great music acts such as The Animals and The Castaways, It's a Bikini World is my favorite beach flick, as it is the film that sparked my interest in the genre.

beach film links

The Music of the Beach Party Movies
The Beach Party Movie List: A to Z
Bright Lights Film Journal: Beyond the Beach
The Official Donna Loren Website
The Official Frankie Avalon Website
The Official Fabian Website
The Official Tab Hunter Website
The Annette Funicello Official Website
Tom's Lisanti's Sixties Cinema

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