Beach Party movies

The Canonical Eight Beach Party Movies:

  1. Beach Party (7-Aug-1963)
  2. Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964)
  3. Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964)
  4. Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964)
  5. Beach Blanket Bingo (14-Apr-1965)
  6. Ski Party (30-Jun-1965)
  7. How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (14-Jul-1965)
  8. The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (6-Apr-1966)

Notes on the end of the Beach Party Gang:

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (14-Jul-1965)
Final appearances by Dee Dee (Annette Funicello), Frankie (Frankie Avalon) and Bonehead (Jody McCrea)
Final 1960s film appearance by John Fain
Final actor credit for Mickey Dora

Sergeant Deadhead (18-Aug-1965)
Final appearance by Buster Keaton (died 1 Feb 1966) for AIP
Final appearance by John Ashley for AIP

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (6-Nov-1965)
Final screen credit for Marianne Gaba and Laura Nicholson
Final appearance by Dwayne Hickman for AIP

The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (6-Apr-1966)
Generally considered the “final” beach party movie in the series of eight. See “AIP Loses Its Innocence” by Greenbriar Picture Shows
Final appearance of the character Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) and the Ratz
Final appearance for American International Pictures by Alan Fife, Bob Harvey, Aron Kincaid, Tommy Kirk*, John Macchia, Alberta Nelson, Andy Romano, Myrna Ross, Bobbi Shaw, Deborah Walley*. Final film credit for Susan Hart (she had married AIP executive producer James H. Nicholson.)

*Tommy Kirk and Deborah Walley co-starred in It’s A Bikini World, shot in 1965 before The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini but not released until April 1967, produced by Trans American films and distributed by AIP.

Fireball 500 (07-Jun-1966)
Final screen credit for Linda Bent, Jo Collins, Ed Garner, Sue Hamilton
Final appearance by Harvey Lembeck for AIP
Final credit for William Asher for AIP

Thunder Alley (22-Mar-1967)
Final screen credit for Mary Hughes
Final appearance by Annette Funicello for AIP

The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (17-May-1967)
Final film credit for Patti Chandler

The Trip (23-Aug-1967)
Final screen credit for Luree Holmes
Final appearance by Mike Nader for AIP

The Glory Stompers (22-Nov-1967)
Final appearance by Jody McCrea for AIP

Wild in the Streets (29-May-1968)
Final film credit for Salli Sachse

The Haunted House of Horror (1-Jun-1969 UK / 15-Apr-1970 USA)
Final appearance by Frankie Avalon for AIP

Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1 July 1972)
Final film of executive producer James H. Nicholson for American Internatonal Pictures (leaves company early 1972 to be a producer at 20th Century Fox)

The Legend of Hell House (20th Century Fox 15-Jul-1973)
Final film of executive producer James H. Nicholson (died 10 Dec 1972)

How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (11-Jul-1980)
Final film of executive producer Samuel Z. Arkoff for American Internatonal Pictures (leaves company July 1980 with $1.4 million payout)