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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Beach Party Tonight!

"Gidget" Sandra Dee (1959)
"Gidget" - James Darren
Gidget goes surfing!
"Cinderella" - The Four Preps
"Beach Party" (1963)
"Beach Party" - Closing Credits
"Don't Stop Now" - Frankie Avalon
"Treat Him Nicely" - Annette Funicello
Von Zipper Gets "Fresh" With Annette
Annette wants a wedding ring or no dice!
Frankie & Annette have make-up sex!
"Bikini Beach" (1964)
"Bikini Beach" - (Opening Credits)
"Because You're You" - Frankie & Annette
"Muscle Beach Party" (1964)
"A Girl Needs a Boy" - Annette Funicello
"Surfer's Holiday" - Frankie & Annette
"Runnin' Wild" - Frankie Avalon
Yipes! Candy Does Her Thing!
"Pajama Party" (1964)
"Stuffed Animal" - Annette Funicello
"Pajama Party" Trailer
Big Lunk would rather play volleyball!
"Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965)
"Beach Blanket Bingo" - Frankie & Annette
"I Think, You Think" Frankie & Annette
"These Are the Good Times" - Frankie Avalon
"I Am My Ideal" - Harvey Lembeck
"Beach Blanket Bingo" - trailer
"How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" (1965)
"How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" Trailer
"How About That" - Avalon/Potato Bug
"Gimme Your Love" - Avalon/Potato Bug
Annette to Dwayne - Back off, loser!
Annette Funicello - "The Perfect Boy"
"Fireball 500" (1966)
"Fireball 500" - Frankie Avalon
"Step Right Up" - Annette Funicello
Frankie On The Prowl!
"Ski Party" (1965)
"The Gasser" - The Hondells
"The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini" (1966)
"Geronimo" - Nancy Sinatra
"Ghost In The Invisible Bikini" Trailer
Nancy Sinatra has a second thought
"Thunder Alley" (1967)
"When You Get What You Want" - Annette
"Gidget" Sally Fields (1965)
"Gidget" Intro
Gidget meets Ensign Checkov!
Gidget meets a photographer!
"Back to the Beach" (1987)
"Back to the Beach" (Intro)
"Surfin' bird" - Peewee Herman
"Jamaica Ska" - Annette Funicello

Surfs up! Here are over 50 different links to those madcap screwball beach movies of yesteryear! There are filled with singing, and dancing, and surfing, and most importantly, the girls are all wearing bikinis!

I wasn't even born when they started making thse movies, but they used to rerun them endlessly on the 3:30 Movie that came on channel 7 every weekday afternoon where I lived when I was a kid. I loved Gidget and Eric Von Zipper and the Rat Pack and all of the songs and the girls in bikinis! I always thought that Frankie Avalon was kind of dick, though. And I thought that Annette was just a stuck up princess. I've found that as I've grown older I don't dislike them so much anymore.

The best clip of all is "how to stuff a wild bikini" by the Indie group Tullycraft. They found the greatest bikini clips of all! For some extra deliciousness, the clip with Nancy Sinatra singing "Geronimo" from the film "The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini" is quite nice.

Probably the most unintentionally funny song is Annette Funicello singing about her surrogate sex toy in the musical number, "Stuffed Animal". "a stuffed animal is more than a toy... a stuffed animal never says no..." The on again/off again plot twist in the clip for the song "The Perfect Boy" is symptomatic of Annette's constant problems with Frankie.

Frankie Avalon was at his best as the Potato Bug (a Beatles send-up) singing "Gimme Your Love" and "How About That". Watch the entire 5'6" of macho stud Frankie Avalon singing "Fireball 500" "Lovin' and livin' like a lovin' man, livin' and lovin' as fast as I can, That's why they call me a travelin' man!..." It's almost painful to watch. Later in the film he tells Annette what he wants on his hot dog.

The infamous Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) singing "I Am My Ideal" "He's got rat appeal!" "Surfin' bird" is a great Peewee Herman clip from the underrated film "Back to the Beach".

UPDATE: You can download an MP3 of "Wild Bikini" by Tullycraft at this link. Also, the Saltine Crack Whores did a very pleasant cover of the song that can be found at either this link or this one.

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At Sat Aug 18, 12:36:00 PM, Blogger Joe Sez said...

Chicago's WLS The 3:30 Afternoon movie?

At Sun Aug 19, 08:10:00 AM, Anonymous mwb said...

Annette is entirely too clothed in those clips.

It undermines the important artistic statement of the movies.

At Sun Aug 19, 10:27:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Joe Sez: Nope. This was KGO out of San Francisco. I think the station used to have different call letters then.

MWB: LOL! Well put. There is some debate about her style of clothing in these beach party films being because of previous contractual obligations to Disney. Luckily there are plenty of other bikini-clad actresses in most of these clips to keep your interest!


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