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Bikini Beach Reviews

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April 30, 2014
Frankie and Annette hit the beach again. This time they are joined by millionaire Keenan Wynn who wants to prove that his pet monkey chimp is smarter than teenagers. There's also Timothy Carey as a scary dude, Boris Karloff in a cameo appearance, Little Stevie Wonder and series regulars Harvey Lembeck and Don Rickles. You can't really review these films separately. It's pretty hard to distinguish one from the other, so if you liked another one of the Beach Party films, you'll probably like this one too.
Super Reviewer
½ March 28, 2013
There's lotsa blondie beach babes shaking they groove thang here (and lotsa times when the camera just sorta slowly meanders down thataway to show you lest you forgot) ... and thankfully too, cause this ain't got much anything better in this mid-1960's style teen exploitation go round.
½ March 15, 2013
Classic. Parents liked these movies.
April 18, 2012
annette n frankie keep it going
½ February 7, 2012
The writer of this would be distaster needs to rethink everything put into this flim because not even alchole can make this film amazing,but there is still something there that makes it just slightly interesting. Maybe it's the cast, the music, or some combination, but it's hard to tell in all the predicatability and cliche lines.
½ July 28, 2011
doesnt everyone want to go to bikini beach
Super Reviewer
½ December 1, 2010
This "Beach" movie has the worst plot of the series. It's still some fun to watch, but it's predictable and stupid, and my least favourite of the movies.
January 6, 2010
There were some good songs on it, other than that, not worth it.
January 1, 2010
Evil Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III (Keenan Wynn of THE MECHANIC) does not want teenage surfers cavorting around on the beach near his retirement home for oldsters and sets out to write a smear campaign against them until high school teacher Vivian Clements (Martha Hyer of THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER) comes to their rescue. Honeywagon complains that the girls run around half naked with boys in bathing suits and no chaperons in sight. Furthermore, Honeywagon plans to make them look bad with his talented chimpanzee Clyde (Janos Prohanska of PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT, I LOVE YOU), who can not only ride a surf board but also serves as a chaufeur for his wealthy but prudish boss. The teens in question are Frankie (Frankie Avalon of THE ALAMO) and Dee Dee (Annette Funicello of THE MISADVENTURES OF MERLIN JONES) and their gang, including Deadhead (Jody McCrea of GUNSIGHT RIDGE). Meanwhile, a new arrival on the beach is the fabulous British rocker Potato Bug (Frankie Avalon in a dual role) and he turns Dee Dee on so she flirts with him. Of course, Frankie turns green-eyed and tries to figure out a way to get his gal back. BIKINI BEACH was the third entry in the BEACH movies that co-starred Frankie and Annette. No BEACH PARTY movie would be complete with their nemesis, the infamous Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck of STALAG 17) and his black-leather clad motorcycle gang the Rats and the Mice trying to thwart the antics of our heroes and heroines. The Potato Bug challenges Frankie to a drag race and Von Zipper and his cretins set out to sabotage the race. None of this sets too well with the raceway owner Big Drag (Don Rickles of KELLYS HEROES) who dabbles in art. Basically, the plots for these sand, sun, and surf sagas revolved around Frankie and Dee Dee making each other jealous and their lame-brained pal Deadhead making a fool out of himself in his hillbilly hat. Believe it or not, it took three scribes to scrawl this hilarious nonsense. One of them was William Asher who directed over 100 episode of the classic Lucille Ball television comedy I LOVE LUCY. The bikini-clad babes are visual eye-candy and there is a cameo appearance by a famous horror movie star at the end. Mind you, BIKINI BEACH has all the depth of a bed pan, but the antics are so silly and stupid that you may wet yourself laughing. Perennial villain Timothy Carey of ONE-EYED JACKS makes another appearance as pool hustler South Dakota Slim and Stevie Wonder does a sing-on as Little Stevie Wonder. Ironically enough, the Beatles were supposed to appear in BIKINI BEACH, but they hit it so big that their fee skyrocketed and Asher replaced them with a character that spoofed them. Indeed, BIKINI BEACH is an acquired taste like all the 1960 era teenage BEACH PARTY movies from American International Pictures. Incredibly, the BEACH PARTY movies were a spin-off of the GIDGET movies with the parents taken out of the mix.
July 5, 2009
Yay! Eric Von Zipper has returned. Originally the Beatles were slated to co-star but became really really successful and expensive so instead we are given Frankie parodying them as The Potato Bug. Another great serving of sand and surf with a sidedish of drag racing thrown in for good measure. Plus there's a guy in a monkey suit, how cool is that.
February 27, 2009
I tried to watch this one...AND as soon as I saw the Monkey face I turned it off.
February 27, 2009
Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello
August 22, 2008
another SUPER cool Movie
½ June 21, 2008
my favorite in the series. goofy good times. if only they kept Dick Dale it would be perfect.

Donna Loren is way cooler than Annette Funicello.
March 23, 2008
Many consider this to be the best of the Frankie and Annette Beach Party movies. We're still not talkin' Oscars here, but it's good fun. The highlight here is Frankie Avalon playing his normal role as well as that of a bizarre British pop star called the Potato Bug. And, of course, Harvey Lembeck is hilarious as Eric Von Zipper once again.
March 15, 2008
Time is not kind to this movie.
½ July 28, 2006
4.5/10. Dumber than most of the "beach" movies, mildly amusing, mostly of interest as a curio to the early 1960's. It's amazing these movies were as successful as they were.
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