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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Beach Blanket Bingo

Beach Blanket Bingo (Ending Credits) [ 2 ]
"Beach Blanket Bingo" (Trailer)
Beach Blanket Bingo (song)
"I'll Never Change Him" (Annette)
"I Think, You Think" (Annette & Frankie)
"It Only Hurts When I Cry" (Donna Loren)
I Am My Ideal (Harvey Lembeck)
"The Cycle Set" (The Hondells)
"Fly Boy" (Linda Evans*)
"New Love" (Linda Evans*)
Sugar Cane's big entrance
Don Rickles as 'Big Drop'

Perhaps the best of all of the Beach Movies, "Beach Blanket Bingo" has many elements in it's favor, including the most awesome ending credits known to man.

And Harvey Lembeck's character, Eric Von Zipper, has a larger role in the film than in previous Beach Movies. Von Zipper even got to sing a song!

Instead of writing a detailed synopsis of the film, I instead submit this handy diagram:

Lorelei is played by Marta KristenI couldn't fing any video clips (or even any really good photos) of my favorie part of the film, though. In "Beach Blanket Bingo", nitwit surfer Bonehead is saved from drowning by Lorelei, a beautiful mermaid, and he falls in love with her. And not just any mermaid, Lorelei is played by Marta Kristen. (Judy Robinson from "Lost in Space". Curse you, Dr. Smith!)

When Bonehead tells his friends that he has met a mermaid, they don't believe him. Lorelei is probably the only person in the film that treats Bonehead with any respect.

At the same time that Bonehead is having a romance with Lorelei, he is also making time with teen starlet Sugar Cane. At one point in the film, Sugar Kane gets bitten in the leg by Lorelei, presumably as a warning to stay away from Bonehead.

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Lorelei tells Bonehead that in the overall scheme of things, their relationship can never really be - and so at the end of the picture Bonehead hooks up with Sugar Kane instead.

You can listen to the mermaid theme at this link [ 2 ]

I did find a few panels of the story of Bonehead and his mermaid adventure....

That came from this comic book:

Superman dated a mermaid as well...

But my favorite comic book mermaid tale was this great story from Archie Comics about Ethel's romantic encounter with a Merman that I shamelessly stole from Rachelle Goguen of Living Between Wednesdays. (If she isn't on your blogroll now, she should be!) I just cleaned up the images a little bit.

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At Wed Aug 06, 12:37:00 PM, Blogger mwb said...

Excellent, and I'll be doing my own review of BBB later this week. But only armed with primitive stills and words compared to your sophisticated clips, charts and comics!

BTW, you spelled Don Rickles' name wrong in the chart. But you are so right that is was achingly not funny.

At Wed Aug 06, 01:38:00 PM, Blogger Dr Zibbs said...

Pssstttt...Rickles not funny? Come on!

At Wed Aug 06, 03:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just caught of bit of this the other day. I swear you and I must watch a lot of the same shows at the same time.

I once wrote a story about how I'd like to be a mermaid when I grew up. I think I was in the 2nd grade when I wrote it.

On a day like today, I'd still like to be a mermaid.

At Wed Aug 06, 06:46:00 PM, Blogger Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Lori's dress seems a little out of place on a mermaid.

At Wed Aug 06, 10:19:00 PM, Blogger Bradda said...

Great, my interest in the ending got the better of me. Now I'll be singing that damn song for the next week! Thanks Dr. Z!

At Thu Aug 07, 09:25:00 AM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

I've actually never seen this movie.

At Thu Aug 07, 11:05:00 AM, Blogger Dean Wormer said...

Can you win any money at beach blanket bingo?

At Thu Aug 07, 02:21:00 PM, Blogger Unconventional Conventionist said...

Like Randal, I've never seen that movie. I am more familiar with Psycho Beach Party

At Thu Aug 07, 06:20:00 PM, Blogger Comrade Kevin said...

Is Don Rickles EVER very funny?

At Thu Aug 07, 06:23:00 PM, Blogger Distributorcap said...

beach blanket bingo
beach blanket bingo
beach blanket bingo
that's the name of the game!

the best beach movie ever!

even better than the ghost in the invisible bikini

At Fri Aug 08, 04:20:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

MWB: I am sure that your review will be excellent, as was your recent post about the great Roger Corman film, Wasp Woman!

Dr Zibbs: Ack! You hockey puck! ;o)

DCup: I really like mermaid stories and movies. I don't really want to be a merman, but I sure would like to meet Marta Kristen on the beach, especially if she was wearing a latex caudal fin! :o)

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator: Lorelei can become human and walk on land for a short time, like all mermaids. Dont you know your Hans Christian Andersen? You will be reading it to your kids soon enough! ;o)

Bradda: But isn't that the most awesome ending credit sequence that you've ever seen!?!?!?

Randal Graves: No time like the present! You could put it on your Netflix Queue!

Dean Wormer: No, but you can win wholesome teen movie groping and heavy-petting!

Unconventional Conventionist: I love Psycho Beach Party! I am going to post clips from that film next week...

Comrade Kevin: No, not really. ;o)

Distributorcap: Yay! I love Beach Blanket Bingo, too! :o)


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