Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

Fifty-seven years ago, the film Beach Blanket Bingo premiered to scathing reviews by men of an older generation that the film was not made for. It was a goofy, fun party made for teenagers of the time. The plot makes zero sense, but it sure looks fun!

Title: Beach Blanket Bingo
Directed by: William Asher
Written by: Leo Townsend and William Asher
Produced by: Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson
Starring:
Frankie Avalon as Frankie
Annette Funicello as Dee Dee
Harvey Lembeck as Eric Von Zipper
John Ashley as Steve
Deborah Walley as Bonnie
Jody McCrea as Bonehead
Marta Kristen as Lorelei
Linda Evans as Sugar Kane
Don Rickles as Big Drop
Paul Lynde as Bullets
Donna Loren as Donna
Timothy Carey as South Dakota Slim
Buster Keaton as Buster
Bobbi Shaw as Bobbi
Earl Wilson as himself
Michael Nader as Butch
Cinematography: Floyd Crosby
Edited by: Eve Newman and Fred R. Feitshans Jr.
Music by: Les Baxter
Production Company: American International
Distributed by: American International
Release date: April 7, 1965
Running time: 98 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $175,000

A singer, Sugar Kane (Linda Evans), is unwittingly being used for publicity stunts for her latest album by her agent (Paul Lynde), for example, faking a skydiving stunt, actually performed by Bonnie (Deborah Walley).

Meanwhile, Frankie (Frankie Avalon), duped into thinking he rescued Sugar Kane, takes up skydiving at Bonnie’s prompting; she secretly wants to make her boyfriend Steve (John Ashley) jealous. This prompts Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) to also try free-falling. Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) and his Rat Pack bikers also show up, with Von Zipper falling madly in love with Sugar Kane. Meanwhile, Bonehead (Jody McCrea) falls in love with a mermaid named Lorelei (Marta Kristen).

Eventually, Von Zipper “puts the snatch” on Sugar Kane, and in a Perils of Pauline-like twist, the evil South Dakota Slim (Timothy Carey) kidnaps Sugar and ties her to a buzz-saw.

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