Some like it hot, and some like it hotter! Come play with hot women in paradise. Come to BIKINI BEACH.Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello’s third summer at the beach reunites the old gang (Jody McCrea, John Ashley, Candy Johnson–who once again shimmies through the credits–and Harvey Lembeck as the buffoonish motorcycle gang leader Eric von Zipper) for more summer sun antics. Frankie plays two roles: the sex mad surfer still chasing comely Annette (renamed Dee Dee in this film) and a British singing sensation named Potato Bug, who moves the gang from the beach to the blacktop for a little drag-strip action. The goofy, gap-toothed rocker is supposed to be a spoof of The Beatles but more resembles Terry-Thomas with his pith helmet and “jolly good!” exclamations. While Annette sidles next to Potato Bug to instill the necessary undercurrent of jealousy to set the mood, Keenan Wynn provides the slimmest excuse of a plot as a rest home tycoon with a pet ape that surfs, twists, and drives dragsters with the best of them. It’s even sillier than the first two, with a plot that dissolves halfway through and a slapstick fueled, pie-fight finale. It shows every sign of having been quickly cobbled together and loses some of the energy and charm of Beach Party, but it’s still a giddy little slice of 1960s surf and sex innocence. “Little” Stevie Wonder makes a late appearance and Boris Karloff drops by for a cameo. –Sean Axmaker

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3 Responses to “Bikini Beach”

  1. J. Mueller May 3, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    Great Job MGM! I purchased the DVD version of this movie and would like to inform other ‘Beach Party’ movie lovers that MGM has done a great job on the video and sound. I have in the past had to suffer through very low quality VHS copies of the Beach Party movies, where I wound up throwing away the tape and putting a VHS tape that I recorded off TV into the box. That won’t be the case here! (even if I could record a DVD). These MGM DVD’s have the clearest, sharpest picture and sound I have ever seen in…

  2. Byron Kolln May 3, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    great “Beach Party” film Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon are back for a second dose of beach frivolity in this sequel to the smash-hit BEACH PARTY, the aptly-titled BIKINI BEACH.Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) and Frankie (Frankie Avalon) are about to settle into a romantic summer when the beach that they occupy comes under the scrutiny of a stuffy retirement-villa owner (Keenan Wynn). There is also the arrival of the new British pop-superstar Potato Bug (played as a cameo by Frankie Avalon), and the…

  3. Michael King May 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Bikini Beach Is The Best! Almost all reviewers list “Beach Blanket Bingo” as their favorite movie in the beach movie series. I have to give a slight edge to “Bikini Beach” for my personal favorite. Frankie Avalon does double duty very well, playing the English rock star known as Potato Bug, as well as his familiar Frankie character. Potato Bug is a very British caricature, and his maniacal laugh is infectious. Keenan Wynn makes for a formidable villain, decrying the surfers’ lack of moral values in the local newspaper…

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