GenreComedy, Musical, Romance Film seriesBeach Party film series LanguageEnglish
WriterRobert Dillon, Leo Townsend Release dateJuly 22, 1964 (1964-07-22) (US) CastFrankie Avalon (Frankie), Annette Funicello (Dee Dee), Timothy Carey (South Dakota Slim), Martha Hyer (Vivien Clements), Don Rickles (Big Drag), Harvey Lembeck (Eric Von Zipper) Similar moviesThe Nightmare Before Christmas, Arthur Christmas, Elf, Gremlins, The Santa Clause, Project X
TaglineIt's where every torso is more so, and bare-as-you-dare is the rule!
Bikini Beach is a 1964 American teen film directed by William Asher and starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. The film belongs to the beach party genre of movies, popular in the 1960s. This is the third in the series of seven films produced by American International Pictures (AIP).
School is out and the teenagers head for the beach. All is well until millionaire Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III (Wynn) comes around, convinced that the beachgoers are so senselessly obsessed with sex that their mentality is below that of a primate – especially Honeywagon's wunderkind pet chimp Clyde, who can surf, drive, and watusi better than anyone on the beach. With the teenagers demoralized and discredited, Honeywagon plans to turn Bikini Beach into a senior citizens retirement home.
Meanwhile, foppish British rocker and drag racer Peter Royce Bentley, better known as "The Potato Bug" (played by Frankie Avalon in a dual role), has taken up residence on Bikini Beach. Annoyed by Frankie's reluctance to start their relationship towards marriage, Dee Dee becomes receptive to Potato Bug's advances. In a jealous rage, Frankie challenges The Potato Bug to a drag race, in hopes of winning Dee Dee back.
The original score for this film, like Muscle Beach Party before it, was composed by Les Baxter.
Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner wrote several songs for the film: "Bikini Beach" performed by the cast; "Love's a Secret Weapon" sung by Donna Loren; "Gimmie Your Love" sung by Avalon; "This Time It's Love" sung by Funicello; "Because You're You" sung by Avalon and Funicello.
Hemric and Styner also wrote two songs that featured The Pyramids doing back up: "How About That?", sung as a duet by Avalon; and "Happy Feelin’ (Dance and Shout)" sung by Little Stevie Wonder.
The Pyramids performed two additional songs – both which were written by Gary Usher and Roger Christian for the film: “Record Run” and the instrumental "Bikini Drag".
Candy Johnson’s band, The Exciters, perform "Gotcha Where I Wantcha", written by Jack Merrill and Red Gilson.