castTommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, Aron Kincaid, Quinn O'Hara, Jesse White, Harvey Lembeck, Nancy Sinatra, Francis X. Bushman, Patsy Kelly, Piccola Pupa, Claudia Martin, Boris Karloff, and Susan Hart.
RIGHT: Lobby card featuring Mary Hughes and Sally Sachse. CENTER: Deborah Walley stars as Lili Morton. RIGHT: Nancy Sinatra and Aron Kincaid
LEFT: Quinn O'Hara in a 1966 still not from the film. RIGHT: Basil Rathbone in one of his final performances.
plot synopsisThis is the last of the seven American International beach party movies, and it veers from the tradition in that action takes place in a haunted house, not at the beach. There's a lot of well-known talent here (Boris Karloff, Patsy Kelly, Basil Rathbone, Jesse White, Francis X. Bushman), as well as AIP regulars Aron Kincaid, Tommy Kirk, Harvey Lembeck, Deborah Walley, and Susan Hart. Also appearing in Ghost are Quinn O'Hara and Italian singer Piccola Pupa (from the Danny Thomas Show).
LEFT: Pressbook image from The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. From left to right, front row: Piccola Pupa, Aron Kincaid, and Nancy Sinatra. CENTER: Aron Kincaid and Nancy Sinatra. LEFT: With Ed Garner, Aron Kincaid, Quinn O'Hara, and Basil Rathbone
LEFT: Behind-the-scenes photo with director Don Weis, Quinn O'Hara, and Aron Kincaid. CENTER: As Sinistra, Quinn O'Hara attempts to poison Aron Kincaid. RIGHT: Jesse White and Basil Rathbone abduct Deborah Walley
musicThe music in this film consists of strictly standard American International fare---pleasant songs to be sure, yet far away from then-contemporary top 40 hits. Billed as a "musical terror comedy," The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini features an appearance by the Bobby Fuller Four, performing Make the Music Pretty. In addition to acting, Nancy Sinatra sings Geronimo. Quinn O'Hara sings Don't Try to Fight it Baby in a hilarious scene, and Piccola Pupa performs Stand Up and Fight.
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini was filmed before the release of Nancy Sinatra's No. 1 single These Boots Are Made For Walking. However, Boots hit the charts in February 1966, and Ghost premiered in April 1966. The pressbook for Ghost suggests a tie-in with Nancy Sinatra's Boots to ride on the coattails of her newfound popularity
triviaThe year 1966 was the end of the line for the beach movies and for the regular appearance of popular bands in films. Also, this was silent film star Francis X. Bushman's last role (he died in 1966 at age 84), and the same goes for Bobby Fuller (Fuller died under mysterious circumstances in July 1966).
This is the only beach party film without appearances by Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Avalon tired of the formula and moved on, while Funicello was busy with her first child.
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