Norman Neale Williams II and Hollywood royalty

Bronwyn Fitzsimons (1940 – 2016), Aron Kincaid (1940 – 2011) and Bronwyn’s mother, Hollywood Golden Age actress Maureen O’Hara (1920 – 2015) at “Donald’s Nite” – occasion, year and location unknown.

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original Ski Party jacket

Aron Kincaid (1940 – 2011), who appeared in many of the popular beach party pics of the 1960s, died Jan. 6 in Los Angeles of heart failure. He was 70.

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A surfer-girl starlet

Of all the surfer-girl starlets, Patti Chandler got the biggest career push, but her career never rose above the B level, even though she was absorbed into the young-Hollywood scene. Sheila Weller, Vanity Fair October 2006

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Deb doing her own stunts

Once Walley overcame her reluctance to play Gidget, she threw herself into the role, arriving on location in Waikiki two weeks before the rest of the cast to practice surfing ~ she ended up doing most of her own surfing stunts, the only member of the cast to do so (Violet LeVoit, TCM).

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perky young actress

Deborah Walley, the perky young actress who succeeded Sandra Dee as the “girl midget” in the first “Gidgetsequel, starred in several of the 1960s beach frolic movies and became a writer and producer aiding children and Native Americans, has died. She was 57.

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briskly virtuous teen-ager

Not to be outdone by “Tammy” (and her faithful goat), “Gidget” is also back in a sequel — a broad but bouncy one — with some pretty Hawaiian scenery for armchair travelers. Replacing Sandra Dee, as the briskly virtuous teen-ager who magnetizes beach boys, is a newcomer named Deborah Walley. HOWARD THOMPSON August 10, 1961, The New York Times review.

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Gardner McKay 1932 – 2001

Gardner McKay (born 1932 New York New York; died 2001 Oahu, Hawaii); artist-turned-model-turned-actor-turned-writer; star of I Sailed To Tahiti With An All Girl Crew (1968) – his final acting credit — “My life is defined by what I’ve quit.”

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Rufus and Henry

Bob Denver (of For those Who Think Young and The Sweet Ride) with his pet chimp Henry, co-star of S2E11 ‘The Chimp Named Sam’ of The Good Guys (TV 1969) – a sitcom starring Denver as taxi driver Rufus Butterworth and Herb Edelman costarring as his childhood friend Bert Gramus, owner of a local diner.

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Frankie vintage transparency

If you can’t remember a time when Frankie Avalon wasn’t a part of your life, you aren’t alone. This talented performer can look back on a career that spans three generations of music, television and motion pictures which he feels is due primarily to the loyalty and trust of his audience. Frankie’s years as a “Teenage Idol” have been succeeded by maturity and professionalism. He is currently one of the busiest nightclub performers in the country, playing the nations finest supper clubs and headlining top Las Vegas Hotel Main rooms. His motion picture career has already spanned some thirty films. FrankieAvalon.com

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with the BIKINI BEAUTY LOOK featuring the “SKI HONEYS”

Winter A-Go-Go (1965) original US half-sheet poster.

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The most GO-GO Snow-Show that ever rocked the slopes!

Winter A-Go-Go (1965) Australian illustrated daybill poster.

 

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or how to succeed in paralyzing a parent without half trying! again

Pajama Party (1964) compare to preceding post; Tommy Kirk * Annette Funicello * Elsa Lanchester * Jesse White * Jody McCrea * Ben Lessy * Donna Loren * Susan Hart * Bobbi Shaw * Candy Johnson | with special guest stars Buster Keaton and Dorothy Lamour | Produced by James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff • Co-Producer Anthony Carras • Written by Louis M. Heyward • Directed by Don Weis

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Or how to succeed in paralyzing a parent without half trying!

Pajama Party (1964): more terrible movie-star likenesses on an Australian illustrated daybill poster; Susan Hart has a monster head, Annette Funicello looks like a plastic sex doll, Tommy Kirk looks OK and Harvey Lembeck is substantially improved.

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That Funny Feeling (1965)

That Funny Feeling (1965) Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin and Donald O’Connor as Harvey Granson, co-starring Nita Talbot • Larry Storch • Leo G. Carroll.

FOR doodleheaded drivel and inane tedium, “That Funny “Feeling” and “Fluffy” take the cake. This three-hour, Universal package of froth, weighing about a ton, opened yesterday at neighborhood theaters. It is clean and excruciating.

The more painless one, which is not saying much, is “That Certain Feeling.” The theme is a mistaken apartment, squeezed dry for laughs. Miss Dee is as wide-eyed and lippy as ever, and her young actor-husband does his best with the feeble material. The double ray of real sunshine is provided by Donald O’Connor and Nita Talbot.

HOWARD THOMPSON, The New York Times, October 21, 1965.

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She takes his apartment …then steals his heart!

No wonder he’s got That Funny Feeling (1965): another terrible Sandra Dee likeness on an Australian illustrated daybill poster, though with a better Bobby Darin.

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Hang around for the FUN!

In “If a Man Answers,” Mr. Darin and Miss Dee play a newly married couple who are plagued by a series of minuscule problems that make a viewer wonder if marriage is not wasted on youth. New York Times, 22 December 1962.

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in Eastman COLOR

A better likeness of Sandra Dee in this Australian illustrated daybill poster for If A Man Answers (1962), but Bobby Darin looks like an overweight boxer.

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Moondoggie in 1965 at half-past eight

James Darren: ‘Moondoggie’ in three Gidget movies

EW: Interesting for the title character of a film series to be played by different actors but the costar to stay the same…

JD: They had me under contract. I was a prisoner. But with those lovely young ladies, it was the best prison I think I’ll ever be in.

EW August 6, 2004

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Be the first to fall in love with…

GIDGET (1959) co-starring Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, James Darren, Arthur O’Connell with Mary LaRoche, Jo Morrow and The Four Preps | The joyous movie based on that book!

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sweetheart of the beach generation

Original Australian illustrated daybill for Gidget (1959) featuring poor likenesses of Cliff Robertson, James Darren and Sandra Dee – she looks more like Pam Colbert.

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Naughty 1967

Karen Jensen: born 18 August 1944, San Francisco, California; on screen 1964 – 1979 including the lead female role in Out of Sight  (1966).

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1967 Feliz Ano Novo

KAREN JENSEN estrela do filme “Out of Sight” de Universal deseja aos nossos leitores Feliz Ano Novo (KAREN JENSEN, star of the Universal film “Out of Sight”, wishes our readers Happy New Year 1967).

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The kids are the same

Bikini Beach (1964) ~ the kids drive to Malibu in the opening titles.

August 6, 1964: The kids are the same “Beach Party” and “Muscle Beach” crowd, headed by Annette Funicello, growing prettier with each beach outing, whose chief playmates are Frankie Avalon, burlesquing a Beatle-type; Jody McCrea, the goony one; and Candy Johnson, the run-away mixmaster of “Muscle Beach” — Teenagers Needled in ‘Bikini Beachby William T Kong.

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Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III

August 13, 1964: Harvey Honeywagon (Keenan Wynn) sets out in “Bikini Beach” to prove that the modern teen-ager operates on the level of a chimpanzee; he has a pet chimp (a man in a monkey suit) named Clyde to prove his point, and somewhere along the way he finds an ally in Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) who heads up a gang of depraved motorcyclists, bent on taking over from the beach boys.

 

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Ned, Keenan and Ed

Ned (born 1941), Keenan (1916 – 1986) and Ed Wynn (1886 – 1966) in ‘The Absent Minded Professor’ 1961

KEENAN WYNN IS DEAD AT 70; THIRD-GENERATION PERFORMER.

Keenan Wynn – who played a clowning thug in ”Kiss Me Kate,” blasted a vending machine in ”Dr. Strangelove” and was one of Hollywood’s most versatile supporting actors – was a third-generation entertainer who found the path to stardom rougher and steeper because of his roots.

”My grandfather, Frank Keenan, made his debut on May 7, 1876, as a spear-carrier at the Tremont Street Opera House in Boston. My mother, Hilda Keenan, married Ed Wynn, who made his debut in 1902. I started acting in 1935, and my son Tracy began as a writer in about 1967,” Mr. Wynn said in an interview 10 years ago. Frank Keenan was a Shakespearean actor and silent film star until his death in 1930. Ed Wynn died in 1966.

By James Barron, The New York Times, October 15, 1986.

 

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Keenan Wynn (1916 – 1986)

Keenan Wynn (1916 – 1986): villain Harvey Huntington Honeywagon in Bikini Beach (1964).

Veteran character player from the stage, a prolific staple at MGM in the 1940s and 50s, mostly as pals to the male stars of the films in which he appeared, and later memorable as the absurdly earnest Army man who gives Peter Sellers a scare at the telephone booth in “Dr. Strangelove” (1963). Son of vaudevillian-turned-character-actor Ed Wynn (“The Diary of Anne Frank” 1959, “Mary Poppins” 1964, etc.) and father of screenwriter and autobiographer Ned Wynn (b. 1941, “California Dreaming” 1974, “We Will Always Live In Beverly Hills”) and screenwriter Tracy Wynn (b. 1945, “The Longest Yard” 1974, “The Drowning Pool” 1975). TCM.

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See the Beach-Party Gang Go Dragstrip!

Bikini Beach (1964) – the third Beach Party Gang movie – with special guest star Keenan Wynn (following Bob Cummings and Buddy Hackett), new mature leading lady Martha Hyer (after Dorothy Malone and Luciana Paluzzi) and Don Rickles in his second appearance.

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sleek styling

This high powered sleek styling performance vehicle was featured in American International‘s motion picture “The Fireball 500 ~ Promotions Inc, 19717 E Nine Mile, St Clair Shores, Michigan.

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Leander and Fans

Linda Bent, Salli Sachse and Fabian in George Barris‘ title car of Fireball 500 (1966): Fabian and Frankie Avalon are rival stock car drivers competing for the affections of Annette Funicello.

The days of fun in the sand, surfing and weenie roasts were quickly becoming passé as THE WILD ANGELS road their hogs in Panavision, so Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon ended up taking one final bow for AIP together in FIREBALL 500 – a flighty mix of car racing, romancing and moonshining ~ DVD Drive-In.

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1966 Plymouth Barracuda

Annette Funicello with the George Barris title car from Fireball 500 (1966): The base of the car was a 1966 Plymouth Barracuda; the signature characteristic was the dual cockpit, and to give the car its luminous shine, four men spent six days applying “fireheat” lacquer ~ Cool Rides.

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Kelp and the White Buick Riviera

Bob Denver posing with the George Barris customised and repainted white Buick ‘Villa Riviera’ featured in For Those Who Think Young (1964).

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Gardner Pruitt III’s Cherry Red Buick Riviera

James Darren with George Barris’ customised Buick Riviera

When ‘For Those Who Think Young‘ director Leslie Martinson was visiting George Barris Kustom in North Hollywood, he was quite taken with the cherry red Villa Riviera but quickly signed a contract that included a clause to repaint the Buick white so it would show up more clearly when filmed ~ New England Auto Museum.

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George Barris, 1925 – 2015

George Barris (20 November 1925 – 15 November 2015): creator of Kustom cars, supplying vehicles to Hollywood including the cherry red Villa Riviera for For Those Who Think Young (1964), the spymobile ZZR for Out of Sight (1966) and the title racecar for Fireball 500 (1966),

 

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Martha Hyer, 1924 – 2014

Martha Hyer, born 10 August 1924, died 31 May 2014; ‘Vivian Clements’ in Bikini Beach (1964) ~ “a horrible juvenile comedy in which surfers fight cyclists and convert their elders to the pleasures of the bronzed physique” NY Times.

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AKA Tara Ashton

Tara Ashton as ‘Bunny’ in Marriage on the Rocks (1965)

Darlene Lucht (1938 – 2011): three credits as Tara Ashton:

Credited in Muscle Beach Party (1964) and Bikini Beach (1964), and supposedly appears uncredited in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) – to be checked.

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Lady Bug and the dragster

Bikini Beach (1964): ‘Lady Bug’ (Danielle Aubry) inspects the dragster to be raced by English mop-topped singer ‘Potato Bug’ (Frankie Avalon) – built by Schiefer Manufacturing Company of San Diego and customiser George Barris, creator of the original Batmobile, the Munsters’ hearse and the cars of Out of Sight (1966).

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Morey Amsterdam, circa 1912 – 1995

Morey Amsterdam (14 December circa 1912 – 28 October 1996): played Cappy in Beach Party (1963) – manager of surfer hangout ‘Big Daddy’s’ (Vincent Price played the eponymous owner); then promoted to proprietor of ‘Cappy’s Place’ in Muscle Beach Party (1964); venues inspired by the original Cafe Frankenstein at Laguna Beach.

“The versatile comedian Morey Amsterdam was a writer, lyricist, producer and supreme jokester, but he is best known for his creation of the character Buddy Sorrell in the fondly remembered television series The Dick Van Dyke Show. His films included dramatic roles in Machine Gun Kelly (1958) and Murder Inc (1960), comedy roles in Beach Party (1963), Muscle Beach Party (1964) and Disney’s The Horse in the Grey Flannel Suit (1968).” The Independent (UK).

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Danielle Aubry

Danielle Aubry: born Renée Aubry, 15 October 1931, France or Canada.

Married to Charles B. Penrose 1954 – 1972
Married to 1940s independent movie producer Leo Popkin until his death in 2011

In American pageants and pin-up mags from 1957

On screen 1958 – 1973, initially in roles requiring a French accent
Potato Bug‘s companion ‘Lady Bug’ in Bikini Beach (1964)
– supposedly voiced by Elizabeth Montgomery
Appeared almost exclusively in Aaron Spelling productions 1980 – 2006

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Starlet In Green Bay

Green Bay Press Gazette, Fri Mar 27, 1964

Starlet in Green Bay — Blonde and vivacious Darlene Lucht was in Green Bay Thursday for a whirlwind tour of local radio and televisions stations to publicize “Muscle Beach Party.” Miss Lucht, a former Miss Milwaukee, is featured in the movie.

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cars, bikinis and high-heels

Patti Chandler promoting her first Beach Party movie, American International PicturesBikini Beach (1964), the third Beach Party Gang movie.

 

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from Miss Milwaukee 1958 to Bikini Beach 1964

Darlene Lucht (born Darlene 17 Mar 1938 Franklin, Wisconsin; died 5 Mar 2011, Milwaukee, Wisconsin): Miss Milwaukee 1958, Myrtle Beach Miss Sun Fun USA 1961, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Miss December 1961, Muscle Beach Party (1964), Bikini Beach (1964).

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San Francisco pageant girl

Darlene Lucht of Bikini Beach and Sebastian Cabot in an episode of the Doug McClure vehicle Checkmate (TV 1962, S2E12), also featuring Tina Louise ~ McClure and Anthony George operate a San Francisco detective agency, aided by British criminologist Cabot.

 

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In Pathecolor and Panavision

DARLENE LUCHT is featured in American International Pictures‘ “Bikini Beach” which stars FRANKIE AVALON and ANNETTE FUNICELLO. In Pathecolor and Panavision.

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Bob Cummings (1910 – 1990)

Bob Cummings (left) and Morey Amsterdam (right) in ‘Beach Party’ 1963

Robert “Bob” Cummings: born 9 June 1910, Joplin, Missouri; died 2 December 1990, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California; on screen 1935 – 1986.

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Ready for Plunge

August 29, 1958: Four members of water ballet group who appeared in Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks 1958 Water Carnival pose on paddle boards at edge of pool before performance. Ready for plunge in Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks pool are from left, Mary Soth, Donna Russell and Pat Walter, all of Sherman Oaks, and Liz Bodnar, Van Nuys.

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Rhonda in a yellow polka dot bikini

Valora Noland (born Valor Baum, 8 December 1941) made her film debut as Rhonda in Beach Party (1963), returning as ‘Animal’ in Muscle Beach Party (1964); final acting credit: Seduction of a Nerd aka Up Your Teddy Bear aka The Toy Grabbers (1970).

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Rhonda AKA Animal

Valora Noland — ‘Rhonda’ in Beach Party (1963) and ‘Animal’ in Muscle Beach Party (1964) — in a photo to promote the John Wayne western The War Wagon (1967).

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Six Kitten

Eva Six (born Eva Klein 1937 in Budapest, Hungary) the blonde bombshell in Beach Party (1963).

APRIL 1963. THE REDS INVADE… But lovely, blonde EVA SIX was not there! Meet the Hungarian actress who arrived in Hollywood as a refugee and soon carved herself a niche as the Six-kitten who will oust the sex kittens. With a languorous appeal that will have the women furiously jealous and the men jealously furious that they cannot get nearer, EVA SIX is said to begin where Zsa-Zsa Gabor had to leave off – on censor’s orders! Hollywood Press Syndicate.

In 1966, Eva Six made the US newspapers when she was convicted of careless driving in Budapest, Hungary after knocking down a motorcyclist, fined $200 and given a three month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

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Spring Prom Queen hopefuls, 1963

Valley College 1963 Spring Prom Queen hopefuls. Back row left: Donna Russell.

Donna Russell (born 1944) beach girl in Beach Party (1963), Surf Party (1964), For Those Who Think Young (1964) and Catalina Caper (1967).

One of these Valley College coeds will be the college’s 1963 Spring Prom Queen. The winner and her four princesses will be announced at the prom in the Embassy Room of the Ambassador Hotel, Friday. The 12 hopefuls are, back row from left, Donna Russell, 19, Sherman Oaks; Dona Adams, 19, Van Nuys; Joyce Knigge, 18, Sherman Oaks; Carol Johnson, 19, Northridge; Anna Tawara, 19, Sun Valley; Sandi Herbst, 18, Burbank; center row: from left, Kathy Luedtke, 19, North Hollywood; Bobbie Wagner, 19, Sherman Oaks; Jan Yacobellis, 18, Sherman Oaks; front row: from left, Vineta Ozolins, 18, Studio City; Linda Bower, 19, Sherman Oaks, and Gladell Davidson, 18, North Hollywood.”

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Youthful Divers

‘Youthful divers prepare for Encino acquacade’ September 9, 1960. From left, Marilyn Taylor, LeOuita Nicholas, Judy Wade, Donna Russell.

Donna Russell (born 1944) beach girl in Beach Party (1963), Surf Party (1964), For Those Who Think Young (1964), Catalina Caper (1967) and credited roles in My Three Sons (TV 1964) S05E13 and Wagon Train (TV 1965) S08E19.

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Donna Russell

Donna Russell (born 1944) of Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles and a Theatre Arts Major at Valley College, spent her summer break in 1963 filming Beach Party (1963) with Frankie Avalon, before being elected First Princess to the Homecoming Queen in October 1963.

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Santa Monica Beach Surfers 1963

The San Bernardino County Sun, Monday February 4, 1963, page 1

Los Angeles local Pamela Colbert would appear in the first Beach Party movie, released in August 1963.

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Beach Monster Press Book

The Beach Girls and The Monster (1965) press book supplied by Edward Janis Productions.

 

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Gidget’s Hawaiian Dream

Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961): Deborah Walley and Michael Callan.

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Hawaiian Lobby Cards

Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961): 19 year old Deborah Walley and 23 year old  James Darren.

 

 

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Gidget goes water-skiing

Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961): James Darren (born 1936), Vicki Trickett (born 1938), Michael Callan (born 1935), Bart Patton (born 1939), Deborah Walley (1941 – 2001), Jan Conaway (born 1938), Robin Lory (? – ?), Don Edmonds (1937 – 2009), Arnold Merritt (born 1939).

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Deb Star of 1959

Yvette Carmen Mimieux, born 8 January 1942, Hollywood California; first three film credits: Platinum High School (13-May-1960), The Time Machine (17-Aug-1960), Where the Boys Are (28-Dec-1960).

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Northwestern Alum

Plays were the thing when Paula Prentiss attended graduate school at Northwestern to study acting: “All of us had our noses in the air, we were going to go directly to theater and have nothing to do with movies.” So much so, she recalled with a laugh, that no one initially signed up for a screen test when it was announced that the MGM talent scout who had discovered Northwestern alum Patricia Neal had scheduled a return visit. “Until the next morning, then, everyone’s name was on the board and ended up auditioning. Our real feelings about wanting to go to Hollywood and be a star came out.LA Times.

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Ahna, not Anna

Ahna Capri, who began as a child actress in the 1950s and had a career as a sexy starlet through the 1970s, died on August 19 at age 65 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Los Angeles ~ August 24, 2010 | The Hollywood Reporter.

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Loving Elvis

19 year old Dolores Hart and 22 year old Elvis Presley in Loving You (1957): “How do you explain ‘love’?” she laments, as she sits in her cluttered, monastic cell with her pet bird. “I was in love with God.” God Is The Bigger Elvis.

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Loving Dolores

“Uh need somebody,” Elvis informs the smitten young Dolores Hart, squinting over her shoulder (probably toward the nearest exit) – New York Times review of Loving You (1957).

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Come Fly With Me (1963)

Come Fly with Me (1963): directed by Henry Levin (Where The Boys Are); starring Dolores Hart (born 1938), Pamela Tiffin (born 1942), Lois Nettleton (1927 – 2008), Dawn Addams (1930 – 1985), Hugh O’Brien (1925 – 2016), Karlheinz Böhm (1928 – 2014), and Karl Malden (1912 – 2009).

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Bergie, Carol and Donna

Lois Nettleton (1927 – 2008), Pamela Tiffin (born 1942) and Dolores Hart (born 1938) as flight attendents Hilda ‘Bergie’ Bergstron, Carol Brewster and Donna Stuart in Come Fly With Me (1963).

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Best always, B. A. Sassoon

Beverly Adams: married to celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon (1928 – 2012) from Feb 1967 to Jan 1981.

 

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Ashlyn Martin | Laura Lynn | Laura Lynn Hale

Laura Lynn: 20 Mar 1946 – 24 Oct 1991 (suicide) as Marcy in Blood Feast (1963).

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Sue Williams | Sue Hamilton

Sue Williams: Playboy Magazine Miss April 1965.

also known as

Sue Hamilton: actress for American International Pictures 1965 – 1966.

unrelated to

Karen Sue Hamilton (1945 – 1969): Arizona model and minor Hollywood actress. Continue reading

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Surf’s Up?

Cliff Robertson as Malibu Beach surf bum ‘Kahuna’ in Gidget (1959). Novelist Frederick Kohner based the character on surfer Terry ‘Tubesteak’ Tracy.

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Gidget’s boy friends

Hot Shot (Robert Ellis) and Moondoggie (James Darren) carry Gidget (Sandra Dee) down the beach while Lover Boy (Tom Laughlin, rear left), Lord Byron (Burt Metcalfe, rear center), Stinky (Joby Baker, rear right) and Waikiki (Doug McClure, foreground right) run in with surfboards. Who’s the woman in the black one-piece under the umbrella?

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Hot Shot, Waikiki, Lover Boy, Stinky, Moondoggie, Lord Byron, Kahuna

Left to right: Hot Shot (Robert Ellis), Waikiki (Doug McClure), Lover Boy (Tom Laughlin, behind Sandra Dee), Stinky (Joby Baker), Moondoggie (James Darren, with Shary Marshall), Lord Byron (Burt Metcalfe), Kahuna (Cliff Robertson) in Gidget (1959).

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Burt Metcalfe

Burt Metcalfe: born 19 March 1935, Saskatchewan Canada; on screen 1955 – 1965, including ‘Lord Byron’ in Gidget (1959) and Father of the Bride (TV 1961 – 1962) with Myrna Fahey, before producing the TV hit M*A*S*H (1972 – 1983).

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Robert Ellis 1933 – 1973

Robert Ellis: born 24 Aug 1933 Chicago; died 23 Nov 1973 Los Angeles (kidney failure); a child star of sorts on radio and TV from 1948; Pvt. Joe Rattigan in Space Master X-7 (1958) and ‘Hot Shot’ in Gidget (1959); final credit Tallahassee 7000 (TV 1961).

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Tom Laughlin 1931 – 2013

Tom Laughlin: born 10 Aug 1931, Milwaukee; died 12 Dec 2013, Thousand Oaks; on screen from 1955, including South Pacific (1957), Senior Prom (1958), and Gidget (1959) as Lover Boy; wrote, directed and starred The Young Sinner (1961) costarring Stefanie Powers.

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Waikiki and Little Joe

Doug McClure (1935 – 1996) – played ‘Waikiki’ in Gidget (1959) – and Michael Landon – played ‘Little Joe’ in Bonanza (TV 1959 – 1973).

 

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Moondoggie

The love-interest of the original Gidget (Kathy Kohner) was a 20 year old Malibu surfer named Bill Jensen, but the nickname ‘Moondoggie’ belonged to artist-surfer Billy Al Bengston.

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Gidget’s boy Moondoggie

James Darren was 22 years old when filming Gidget in the summer of 1958. He returned for Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) and Gidget Goes To Rome (1963).

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Gidget’s rival Joanne

Shary Layne a.k.a. Shary Marshall was 23 years old when filming Gidget in the summer of 1958, appearing in one scene as Moondoggie’s girlfriend who doesn’t like the outdoors.

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Shary Marshall 1935 – 2014

Shary Marshall: born Sharlayne Adell Williamson 29 March 1935, Monmouth Oregon; died Shari Santilli 31 May 2014, Laguna Hills California. Moving to Hollywood after winning a beauty contest, she had two TV credits in 1958 as ‘Shary Layne’, before appearing uncredited in Gidget (1959).

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Betty Louise’s boyish hairstyle

Sue George‘s short hair while for Gidget (1959) was useful for her role in Jefferson Drum — “The Outlaw” (TV 1958) as “a girl disguised as a boy” discovered on the open prairie by titular western hero Jefferson Drum.

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Gidget’s friend Betty Louise

Sue George was 25 years old when filming Gidget in the summer of 1958 and had been married for 2 years to insurance salesman James Thobe.

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Sue George

Sue George: born Sue Ellen Weber, Los Angeles CA, 15 Apr 1933, on screen 1955 – 1961 three feature film credits: Rock, Pretty Baby (1956), The Dalton Girls (1957) and Gidget (1959).

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Gidget’s friend Patti

Patti Kane was 25 years old when shooting Gidget in the summer of 1958. She had been married since 1954 to fellow Pasadena Playhouse alumnus Ken Becker. Gidget was her only film credit.

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Patti Kane

Patti Kane: born Patricia F. Kane, 20 December 1932, Reseda CA. Only one film credit: Gidget (1959).

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Gidget’s friend Mary Lou

Jo Morrow was 18 years old when shooting Gidget in the summer of 1958. She appeared uncredited in Ten North Frederick (1958). She shot Juke Box Rhythm after Gidget, but it was released a week before the surf movie in April 1959.

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Gidget’s friend Nan

Yvonne Craig was 21 years old when shooting Gidget in the summer of 1958. Her previous credits were Eighten and Anxious (1957), two episodes of Schlitz Playhouse (CBS TV 1958) directed by Don Weis and John Brahm; and a episode of Perry Mason (TV 1958) with Alan Hamilton — later Commissioner Gordon in Batman.

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Nan, Mary Lou and Patti

Gidget (1959): Gidget (Sandra Dee, born 1942), Gidget’s friends: Nan (Yvonne Craig, born 1939), Mary Lou (Jo Morrow, born 1939), and Patti (Patti Kane, born 1932).

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Jo Morrow

Jo Morrow: born Beverly Jo Morrow, 1 November 1939, Cuero Texas.

First credit: Sam Katzman’s Juke Box Rhythm (1959); second credit: Gidget (1959) as Mary Lou.

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Gidget in thumbnails

Gidget (released 10 April 1959) Columbia Pictures. Based on the novel by Frederick Kohner, directed by Paul Wendkos, starring Sandra Dee, James Darren, Cliff Robertson, with Yvonne Craig, Joby Baker, Doug McClure.

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Frankie in Hong Kong

Frankie Avalon in Sumuru die Tochter des Satans (“Sumuru the daughter of Satan”) aka The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967).

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Shirley’s assassins

The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967): unidentified, Shirley Eaton, Patti Chandler (behind), and Ursula Rank.

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Tom Nardini

Tom Nardini: born 16 April 1945, Los Angeles CA. First credit: The Lieutenant (TV 1964); select credits: Cat Ballou (1965) with Michael Callan and Dwayne Hickman; Winter A-Go-Go (1965); Cowboy In Africa (TV 1967) with Dodie Marshall; Born Wild (AIP 1968); The Devil’s 8 (AIP 1969) with Fabian. TV credits until 1985, then Tiger Lily Road (2013) and Chief Zabu (2016).

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Michael Callan

Michael Callan (born Martin Harris Calinieff, 22 November 1935, Philadelphia PA) Moondoggie’s rival in Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1959), his fifth feature film appearance. Other credits include Because They’re Young (1960) with Dick Clark, Warren Berlinger, James Darren; The Flying Fontaines (1938) starring Eva Norlund – James Darren’s wife; The Interns (1962) with Cliff Robertson and Stefanie Powers; The New Interns (1964) with Barbara Eden; Cat Ballou (1965) with Dwayne Hickman and Tom Nardini. Continuous credits until 1997, with subsequent credits in 2003 and 2006.

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The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967)

The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967) Starring Shirley EatonFrankie Avalon, Patti Chandler, Salli Sachse, Maria Rohm • Directed by Lindsay Shonteff • Produced by Harry Alan Towers • Screenplay by Kevin Kavanagh • Original Story by Peter Welbeck • American International Pictures

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Gidget’s last movie

Ms. Dee‘s last feature film was “The Dunwich Horror” (1970). Washington Post.

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Teddibly noisy in hyah

Frankie Avalon and Mark Wynter in Horror House (1970). The young swingers actually get outswung by a glistening butcher knife. “Teddibly noisy in hyah,” murmurs one of them, shortly before getting a seasonal carving. NY Times.

 

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The Dunwich Horror (1970)

The Dunwich Horror (1970) American International Pictures. Starring Sandra Dee.

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Horror House 1970

Horror House a.k.a. The Haunted House of Horror (released 15 April 1970 USA)
Tigon (UK) / American International Pictures. Starring Frankie Avalon and Jill Haworth.

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The Horror of Party Beach 1964

The Horror of Party Beach 1964. The first horror monster musical! An Iselin-Tenny Production | Released by 20th Century-Fox.

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The Beach Girls and the Monster 1965

The Beach Girls and the Monster (released 15 September 1965). Music by Frank Sinatra, Jr. | with John Hall • Sue Casey • Walker Edmiston • Arnold Lessing and The Girls from The Hollywood Whiskey – A-Go-Go. Produced by Edward Janis.

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Hawaiian autographs

James Darren (born 1936), Deborah Walley (1941 – 2001), Michael Callan (born 1935) — Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961).

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WOW What a figure!

Gidget Goes Hawaiian is outgrossing the first Gidget by 52% in its first 152 engagements! from Columbia!

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