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Beach Party (1963)




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Professor Bob Cummings is an anthropologist who uses a telescope to study the mating habits of teenagers, namely Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. However, Cummings' secretary Dorothy Malone wishes that his boss would get his mind off bikinis and surfers. Meanwhile trouble brews when Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) tries to abduct Annette. Watch for cameo appearances by Vincent Price and Elizabeth Montgomery.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lou Rusoff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 5, 2000


Bob Cummings
as Professor Sutwell
Robert Cummings
as Prof. Sutwell
Harvey Lembeck
as Eric Von Zipper
Jody McCrea
as Deadhead
Duane Ament
as Big Boy
Candy Johnson
as Perpetual Motion Dan...
Roger Bacon
as Tour Guide
John Macchia
as The Ratz and the Mic...
Yvette Vickers
as Yogi Girl
Sharon Garrett
as Yogi Girl
Dick Dale
as Musician
Robert Cummings
as Prof. Sutwell
John Macchia
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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