Kookie on the beach


Tom Lisanti: “Beach Ball (one of two beach films financed by Roger Corman) was the last surf movie to be released in 1965 and it was one of the best. The producing-directing team of Bart Patton and Lennie Weinrib adapted the AIP formula to good effect. Four college dropouts living at the beach (Edd Byrnes, Aron Kincaid, Robert Logan – in photo, and Don Edmonds) secure a student loan for tribal music studies when in fact they need the money to pay for their rock group’s instruments about to be repossessed. When the brainy girls at the college union (Chris Noel, Gail Gilmore – in photo, Brenda Benet, and Mikki Jamison) realize that they have been bamboozled, they rip up the check, remove their eyeglasses, tease their hair and head for the beach to try to entice the guys to return to school.” Tom Lisanti, Cinema Retro. Buy his book: Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies: The First Wave, 1959-1969.

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