Beach Party (1963)




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In this film, Professor Bob Cummings is an anthropologist, who uses a telescope to study the mating habits of teenagers. Cummings' secretary Dorothy Malone wishes that his boss would get his mind off bikinis and surfers. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello are the principal subjects of Cummings' research.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lou Rusoff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 5, 2000


as Professor Sutwell

as Marianne

as Frankie

as Eric Von Zipper

as Deadhead

as Rhonda

as Big Boy

as Perpetual Motion Dan...

as Tour Guide

as Yogi Girl

as Yogi Girl

as Musician

as Prof. Sutwell

as The Ratz and the Mic...
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Critic Reviews for Beach Party

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Silly '60s surf musical with stereotypes, sexual situations.

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
Common Sense Media

a barrage of live-action cartoon madness aimed at the in-the-moment entertainment atmosphere of, well, a party.

Full Review… | March 25, 2013

First of the long-running series. Not that bad and good nostalgia

August 7, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

July 7, 2005

Audience Reviews for Beach Party

A bearded scientist type goes to spring break to investigate what's happening with those kooky kollege kids dancing and wiggling around next-to-naked and right in public, too, inaugurating American International Pictures sleazoid attempt to seize the youth market by defining it. Annette bravely plays a teenage Doris Day, the only girl on the beach not giving it up, but threatening to, dammit, threatening to alla time. So she's the only one Frankie wants.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This is the first of the "Beach" movies with Frankie and Annette, and it's the best one of them. If you only see one "Beach" movie, see this one.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Don't waste your vacation on this stupid movie. As much as I like her not even Annette can save it. I know a lot of people know her from this series, but I wish she would have done more Disney movies instead. (First and only viewing - 5/5/2014)

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