Dwayne Hickman, Annette Funicello, Mickey Rooney, Brian Donlevy, Beverly Adams, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Harvey Lembeck, Buster Keaton, Irene Tsu, Marianne Gordon, Brian Wilson, Ned Wynn, Frankie Avalon, and Elizabeth Montgomery. Directed by William Asher.

Jody McCrea, John Ashley, Mike Nader, and Jo CollinsHow to Stuff a Wild Bikini

LEFT: Jody McCrea, John Ashley, and Mike Nader serenade Jo Collins with (That's What I Call) a Healthy Girl. RIGHT: Partying teens on the beach in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini. Look for Michael Nader, Jo Collins, and Luree Holmes (Nicholson) in the photo

plot synopsis

While Frankie is enjoying active duty in Tahiti, Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) is left behind at the beach. Frankie worries that Dee Dee won't be faithful to him, so he sees Bwana, the witch doctor (Buster Keaton) to discover a solution. For the sum of one bottle of fire water per day, the witch doctor sends a decoy, Cassandra (Beverly Adams), to lure all the boys away from Dee Dee; he also sends a pelican to watch over Dee Dee, just to make sure that she doesn't fall in love with another guy.

Annette Funicello and Dwayne HickmanAnnette Funicello and Dwayne HickmanAnnette Funicello and Dwayne Hickman

Annette Funicello romances Dwayne Hickman while Frankie is away

However, with Frankie gone Ricky (Dwayne Hickman) competes for Dee Dee's attention. Ricky has been chosen by Peachy Keane (Mickey Rooney) as America's boy-next-door, and while Ricky wants Peachy to choose Dee Dee as America's girl-next-door, Peachy would rather have Cassandra filling the role.

How to Stuff a Wild BikiniMickey Rooney and Beverly Adams

LEFT: The girls on the beach surround Peachy (Mickey Rooney) in song. RIGHT: Clumsy Cassandra tries to assist Peachy


Annette Funicello

Annette Funicello sings Better Be Ready

The Kingsmen of Louie, Louie fame appear here and perform Give Her Lovin'. Other songs in the film, in addition to Annette Funicello's The Perfect Boy and Better Be Ready, are performed by John Ashley, Harvey Lembeck, Mickey Rooney, and even Brian Donlevy.


  • This was the last beach party movie for both Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. Avalon accepted his role in the film (he appears for only seven minutes) with quite a bit of reluctance, as his career was going very well, acting in five features in 1965.
  • Beverly Adams, who portrays Cassandra in the film, is now better known as Beverly Sassoon, ex-wife of Vidal Sassoon and the mother of the late actress Catya Sassoon.
  • Marianne Gordon, who portrays Chickie in the film, is now better known as Marianne Rogers, one of the stars of Hee Haw and the ex-wife of Kenny Rogers.
  • Beach Boy Brian Wilson appears here as...well, a beach boy.
  • Beautiful Luree Holmes is the daughter of James Nicholson, one of the founders of American International Pictures.
  • Ned Wynn, the son of actor Keenan Wynn, appears in the film as a beach boy. Wynn later became a successful writer.
  • Jo Collins, who appears here as a beach girl, was Playboy's Playmate of the Year in 1965. Collins was once married to baseball player Bo Belinksy.
  • Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery makes a cameo appearance near the end of the film as Buster Keaton's daughter (she even twitches her nose). At the time, Montgomery was married to director William Asher.
  • Annette Funicello is seen only fully clothed in this film (no bathing suits) because she was noticeably pregnant with her first child while the film was being shot.

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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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