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USA 1964
produced by
Robert Dillon, James H. Nicholson, Samuel Z. Arkoff (executive) for AIP
directed by William Asher
starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi, Buddy Hackett, Jody McCrea, John Ashley, Don Rickles, Peter Turgeon, Rock Stevens (= Peter Lupus), Morey Amsterdam, Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, Stevie Wonder (back then still billed as Little Stevie Wonder), Candy Johnson, Delores Wells, Valora Noland, Peter Lorre (cameo)
written by Robert Dillon, music by Les Baxter, songs performed by Dick Dale and the Del-Tones

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

review by
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Surf's up again, & Frankie (Frankie Avalon), Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) & the gang go down to the beach again, but this year, they have to share it with a group of brainless bodybuilders, including Mister Galaxy Flex Martian (Rock Stevens) & their coach Jack Fanny (Don Rickles). Still, this situation can be handled, & soon Frankie thinks the biggest problem for him is that his girlfriend Dee Dee pulls all the strings to not have to get intimate with him (well, that is a problem) ...

Enter the Comtessa (Luciana Paluzzi), an enormously rich woman who sails on her yacht around the world collecting men with the help of her trusted assistant S.Z. (Buddy Hackett). At first she thinks Flex is the man for her (at least for the time being), but after she has promised him heaven, Frankie catches her eye, & rejected by his girlfriend, he is rather receptive for female charms & falls for her too, especially when she promises to make him a big recording star - much to the dismay of Dee Dee, naturally.

However, at the moment Frankie seems to only care for the Comtessa, her money & his career, which is why soon his friends break up with him ...

Only S.Z. though seems smart enough to realize the rich Comtessa & little Frankie don't belong together, & he finally dissuades him from the relationship, even if that breaks the Comtessa's heart (for a while). 

Seeing clear again, Frankie makes up with Dee Dee & .... that should have been the end, but there are still Jack Fanny & the bodybuilders who have decided to get back at the surfers in a barroom brawl in the surfers' favourite diner, Cappy's (Morey Amsterdam) café.

The situation can only be resolved when Fanny's silent partner (Peter Lorre), incidently the strongest man in the world, steps in & calls for order ...

Like in the previous year's Beach Party, Candy Johnson plays a girl who can knock guys off their feet (or surfboards) just by shaking her bootie (a joke that's a little overused in this one).

 

As the first Frankie & Annette-movie, Beach Party, this is a succession of song & dance numbers, surf-scenes (mostly done in the blue box), a bit of romance, & much bad comedy, all tied together by a rather stupid storyline. None of this is really funny or good, yet from a camp point of view, or seen as silly piece of nostalgia, it might be quite entertaining.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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