Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine Reviews
These films and so many beach party ones like it were not ever intended to be serious cinema. They targeted the huge teen market that just wanted to see their teen idols. Odd that Vincent Price, as old as he was, would get the nod to be the lead character Dr. Goldfoot, but there was always a teen idle like Avalon or Fabian to be the good guy.
Duane Hickman also stars as a millionaire sought after by Dr. Goldfoot. Hickman in real life had his own TV show called Dobie Gillis, out of which came an even more poplular sitcom called Gilligans Island with Gilligan getting his start on the Dobie Gillis show.
Anyway, the lame plot hardly makes a difference as its all about Dr. Goldfoot making bikini clad beauties marrying wealthy men. Watch this for the hot girls, Vincent Price is priceless. Frankie Avalon is the agent after Price.
Fans of these teen pictures flocked to see their screen idols no matter what happened in the film.
Vincent Price as Dr. Goldfoot
Director: Norman Taurog
Producer: Samuel Z. Arkoff
Producer: James H. Nicholson
Producer: Anthony Carras
Screenplay: Robert Kaufman
Guest Star: Annette Funicello
Screenplay: Elwood Ullman
Frankie Avalon, for his part, does extremely well, and it's a great showcase for his comedic talents. He's bolstered by an enjoyable Dwayne Hickman, as his partner in trying to stop Goldfoot's plan. Plus, as stated, Price is clearly having fun, and it's a shame it's to little effect.
Norman Taurog, the director, has little to no sense for this kind of comedy, and most scenes last 3-5 minutes too long; effectively killing whatever joke just happened. Until the end, it's only a mild hinderance, as it's still funny, just trying to wring out too much. But the ending chase sequence drags, and drags, and drags, and felt like it was 30 minutes long, when it was a little under 10. The ending really grated on my nerves, and it seemed to be a tease, setting up for future installments, of which there are at least 3. Why? I'm not really sure. How many ways can one try and get rich?
There's no way around it, this movie is ridiculous, but like previous "Beach Party" departure films, this movie is aware of its ridiculousness. Vincent Price is a mad scientist who came up with the kooky idea of making sexy robotic women who can marry rich men allowing him to reap the rewards. Mild hilarity ensues of course.
Vincent Price is in rare form with his overacting, but with such material, can one really blame him? There are a few genuinely funny moments, a couple of great in-jokes referring to past "Beach Party" movies, the only big flaw is that it takes far too long before Dwayne Hickman and Frankie Avalon team up.
Apparently, I wasn't the only one infatuated with these. During high school we actually flew Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) in because there was a mini revival going on. (Also because it was chessy G-rated stuff and HS had to fight the influx of 70s drugs and sex.)