Category Archives: Beach Party

The Oscar Winner at the Beach

By 1963, having taken time off to have children, Dorothy Malone‘s career was fading, and while filming Beach Party (1963), husband Jacques Bergerac returned from France and filed for divorce. Bitter custody battles ensued. In December 1964 their divorce was … Continue reading

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Dorothy Malone 1924 – 2018

Dorothy Malone: born Dorothy Eloise Maloney, 29 January 1924, Chicago Illinois; died 19 January 2018, Dallas Texas. Credited roles 1945 – 1992, including Beach Party (1963) and Peyton Place (TV 1964–1968).

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The Professor and Marianne

Beach Party (1963): Bob Cummings (1910 – 1990) as Professor Sutwell and Dorothy Malone (1924 – 2018) as his long-suffering assistant Marianne.    

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Let’s Go Trippin’

Dick Dale in Beach Party (1963) When most people think of surf music, they typically recall the pop harmonies of the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, or the tunes from any number of beach party films, however, the true sound … Continue reading

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Cappy and Big Daddy

Beach Party (1963): Cappy (Morey Amsterdam) and Big Daddy (Vincent Price under the hat) – manager and owner of surfer hangout Big Daddy’s; venue inspired by the original Cafe Frankenstein at Laguna Beach.

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why we love…

Beach Party (1963) starring Annette Funicello (22 Oct 1942 – 8 April 2013) and Frankie Avalon (born Francis Thomas Avallone, 18 September 1939).  

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Why we like…

Beach Party (1963): Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

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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 … Continue reading

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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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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 … Continue reading

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slightly spicy beach movies

Walt Disney told Annette Funicello that he had been approached by American International Pictures about her making a beach movie. He said he thought it sounded like “good clean fun,” but asked her not to expose her navel. She readily … Continue reading

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a beach romp in color

Beach Party (1963) What’s wrong with a beach romp in color that contains some tanned, carefree youngsters, their musical hi-jinks and their light-hearted involvement with a snoopy anthropologist and his loving assistant? Obviously, not a sun-baked thing. September 26, 1963 … Continue reading

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Billie Jo Bradley in 1969

Meredith MacRae (30 May 1944 – 14 July 2000). Beach Party (1963), Bikini Beach (1964), Petticoat Junction (TV 1966-70) – Billie Jo Bradley. Daughter of Gordon MacRae (Oklahoma! 1955) and Sheila MacRae (The Jackie Gleason Show TV 1966-70).

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Eva the blonde bombshell

Eva Six (született Eva Klein 1937 Budapest) magyar születésû színésznõ. Egy zsidó apa és egy katolikus anya lánya. Miután a nácik megölték az apját, anyja megváltoztatta a család vezetéknevét (Kennedi). A háború után a szépségverseny gyõztese. Az 1956 – os … Continue reading

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Eva on the beach

Eva Six (született Eva Klein 1937 Budapest) magyar születésû színésznõ. Egy zsidó apa és egy katolikus anya lánya. Miután a nácik megölték az apját, anyja megváltoztatta a család vezetéknevét (Kennedi). A háború után a szépségverseny gyõztese. Az 1956 – os … Continue reading

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Annette in her wardrobe

Annette Funicello | People |  July 27, 1992. With her thick eyebrows, towering bouffant and rounded 5’2″ frame, Funicello stood apart from the blue-eyed blondes on the beach. Yet as a preteen Mouseketeer in the mid-’50s and, later, as the … Continue reading

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Jack, Gina and Annette in 1966

ICM Partners Toasts Veteran Talent Agent Jack Gilardi. The Hollywood Reporter Nov 11, 2014. Hollywood players are often criticized for a lack of loyalty, but the same complaint cannot be directed toward Jack Gilardi. | On Oct. 27, ICM Partners … Continue reading

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Young Marrieds

Newlyweds Jack Gilardi (drinking) and Annette Funicello visiting with their guests, the married couple of Kay Diebel and Frankie Avalon, at their wedding reception at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9 January 1965.

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Surfin’, swingin’ and a-surfin’

Frankie Avalon and Jody McCrea grab their boards in Beach Party (1963). | Well, I looked at the heavies, they were rollin’ in fast | I knew I’d better make it, ‘cos I just don’t blast | I’m surfin’, | … Continue reading

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Tandem Surfers

Pam Colbert and Johnny Fain tandem-surfing in Beach Party (1963)

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Pam Colbert

Pam Colbert: genuine California surfer girl, born Pamela Joanne Colbert 25 March 1947 in Los Angeles, California, featured as a dancer and stunt surfer (with Johnny Fain) in Beach Party (1963).

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Don’t Stop Now!

Beach Party (1963): Frankie flirts with Eva while performing ‘Don’t Stop Now’ at Big Daddy’s, and Dee Dee is unimpressed. Watching the video, it’s obvious that Frankie Avalon is most interested in the unidentified dancer with long blonde hair, blue … Continue reading

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Not Marilyn Monroe

We were told that Eva looks like Marilyn Monroe and sounds like Zsa Zsa Gabor. Not having spoken intimately with Miss Gabor no judgment could be made on that comparison, and she definitely doesn’t exude sex in the way Marilyn … Continue reading

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Dancing on the grass

Original Beach Party (1963) cast dancing on the grass in Hollywood: Pam Colbert (on left, wearing striped top + white pants), Donna Russell with back to camera, then Frankie Avalon, Candy Johnson, Eva Six. The five are wearing costumes from … Continue reading

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The A-Team

Ashley Finally Makes The Team. Sun Sentinel|March 17, 1985|By Bill Kelley, Television Writer. If you squandered several hours of your life back in the early ‘60s watching B-movies like Beach Party, Hot Rod Gang (1958) and How To Make a … Continue reading

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Eva on Malibu Beach

Eva Six (born 1937) in Beach Party (1963). ‘Give A Lotta Love,’ Pontificates Sexy Eva Six, Hungarian Starlet By Joseph M. Russin, The Harvard Crimson, March 26, 1963. “While press agents nervously scurried about, Eva Six made her Boston debut … Continue reading

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America’s sweetheart sparkles

ANNETTE FUNICELLO, 1942 – 2013. Los Angeles Times. April 09, 2013|Dennis McLellan and Elaine Wo. If you were a girl in the 1950s, Annette Funicello was the ideal of feminine goodness, your fantasy best friend forever. If you were a … Continue reading

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…everybody wins and nobody counts the kisses!

The original Beach Party (1963), promoted with the tagline “It’s Called Beach Blanket Bingo!”

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Slurping Colas with Betty Lou!

Diz Iz De Von Zipper! Beach Party (1963), Bikini Beach (1964), How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965)

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Cindy and Annette Want The Same 2 Guys!

Stars of 1963 beach movies: Cindy Carol (Gidget Goes to Rome) versus Annette Funicello (Beach Party).

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Annette and Frankie?

This photo was widely published on the occasion of Annette Funicello’s death with the following caption: Annette Funicello, (seen here with co-star Frankie Avalon) the dark-haired darling of TV’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s who further cemented her … Continue reading

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It’s Where The Boys Meet The Girls…

American International Pictures’ Bikini Beach (released 22 July 1964), the third Beach Party movie. “A wealthy publisher wants to evict the surfers from the beach in favor of building a senior citizens’ community.” Amazon.

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Dorothy Malone in ‘Beach Party’ (1963)

Dorothy Malone, born 30 January 1925, a Hollywood movie star 1940s-50s, getting attention as a sassy bookstore clerk in The Big Sleep (1946), and an Academy Award for a trashy mambo-dancing seductress in Written On The Wind (1956). She sucessfully … Continue reading

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Frankie and Eva about to kiss

Frankie Avalon and Eva Six in Beach Party (1963). Hungarian actress Eva Six plays Annette Funicello’s rival for Frankie’s affection in the first Beach Party movie. The blonde bombshell made only three films in Hollywood – all in 1963 – … Continue reading

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Jody McCrea (1934 – 2009) Twentieth Century Fox player

Jody McCrea: his presence as a lovable bonehead defined the canonical six Beach Party movies: Beach Party (1963), Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party (1964), Beach Blanket Bingo and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965).  

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Yvette Vickers in a bikini on the ropes

Yvette Vickers (1928 – 2011): performance in Beach Party (1963) uncredited; death in 2011 unnoticed for eight months.

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John Ashley with arms folded

John Ashley made his screen debut in Dragstrip Girl (1957), one of the first films distributed by American International Pictures. His Beach Party credits include: Beach Party (1963) ‘Ken’, Muscle Beach Party (1964) ‘Johnny,’ Bikini Beach (1964) ‘Johnny’, Beach Blanket … Continue reading

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Annette Funicello with a guitar and friends

Annette Funicello in a photoshoot for the Disney LP Annette’s Beach Party, released October 1963 to exploit the success of the original Beach Party (1963).

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American International Pictures pressbook

Five Beach Party movies. Two movies are missing: Ski Party (1964) and Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), the fourth and fifth films in the series.

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Beach Party (1963)

Beach Party (7 August 1963)

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Beach Party stills

Beach Party (released 7 August 1963)

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The Eight “Beach Party” Movies in Posters

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Vincent Price

Above: Vincent Price as ‘Big Daddy’ in Beach Party (1963); Aveleyman Actor, Film & TV VidCaps Vincent Price (27 May 1911, St. Louis, Missouri – 25 Oct 1993, Los Angeles, California – lung cancer and emphysema) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Big Daddy The Comedy of … Continue reading

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Gary Usher

Gary Usher (born Gary Lee Usher, 14 Dec 1938 LA County, California; died 25 May 1990 Los Angeles, California) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) beach boy – uncredited Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) – beach boy Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) beach boy

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Roger Christian

Roger Christian aka “Hot Dog Rog” (3 Jul 1934 – 11 Jul 1991) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) beach boy – uncredited Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) beach boy Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) surfer The Swinging Set (1964) newscaster – uncredited

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Bobby Payne

Above: Bobby Payne, Jim and Jane Henson (Muppet Wiki) Bobby Payne – puppetmaker and puppeter for the Muppets Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Tom

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Roger Bacon

Roger Bacon (born 25 Mar 1936) If a Man Answers (10 Oct 1962) Messenger Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) tour guide Palm Springs Weekend (5 Nov 1963) tough guy – uncredited Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) pajama boy Image from Aveleyman – … Continue reading

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Duane Ament

Duane Ament (born Duane Shelby Ament 18 Mar 1935 Chicago, IL). Father Don Ament was an Art Director in Hollywood until 1965. The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962) Personnel Clerk Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Beach Boy Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar … Continue reading

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Dick Dale

Dick Dale (born Richard Anthony Monsour on 4 May 1937, Boston Massachusetts) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964)

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William Asher

William Asher (born William Milton Asher, 8 Aug 1921 Manhattan, New York; died 16 Jul 2012 Palm Desert, California) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Beach Blanket Bingo (14-Apr-1965) How to Stuff a Wild … Continue reading

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John Macchia

Above: Jerry Brutsche, Linda Rogers, Bob Harvey, Harvey Lembeck, Alberta Nelson, Andy Romano, John Macchia – the Ratz in Beach Party (1963) John Macchia (born John Vito Macchia 30 Oct 1931 Los Angeles, California; died 30 Jul 1967 Los Angeles, … Continue reading

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Bob Harvey

Above: Jerry Brutsche, Linda Rogers, Bob Harvey, Harvey Lembeck, Alberta Nelson, Andy Romano, John Macchia – the Ratz in Beach Party (1963) Bob Harvey (born Robert Harvey 21 Dec 1930 in Propect, Connecticut; died 10 Jul 2011 in Los Angeles, … Continue reading

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Jerry Brutsche

Above: Jerry Brutsche, Linda Rogers, Bob Harvey, Harvey Lembeck, Alberta Nelson, Andy Romano, John Macchia – the Ratz in Beach Party (1963) Jerry Brutsche (born Gerald Eugene Brutsche, 31 Jan 1939 in Los Angeles, California). Hollywood stuntman. Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) … Continue reading

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Andy Romano

Above: Jerry Brutsche, Linda Rogers, Bob Harvey, Harvey Lembeck, Alberta Nelson, Andy Romano, John Macchia – the Ratz in Beach Party (1963) Andy Romano (born 15 June 1941) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) J.D. Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Rat Pack Pajama Party (11 … Continue reading

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Ed Garner

Above: Ed Garner and Patti Chandler in a promotional photo for Pajama Party (1964) Ed Garner (born 1944 Los Angeles) Complete credits: Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) surfer – as Eddie Garner Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) surfer boy Bikini Beach … Continue reading

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Johnny Fain

Johnny Fain (born 7 July 1943 in Los Angeles, California) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) surfer – as John Fain Surf Party (30 Jan 1963) – as John Fain Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) surfer boy – as John Fain Bikini … Continue reading

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Susan Yardley

Susan Yardley (born Susan Yardley Morss, married to Tim Hardin) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) surfer – uncredited Gidget (TV 1966 – ‘Ego-a-Go-Go’)  Shari Sue*

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Sharon Garrett

Sharon Garrett The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series 1962) girl Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) brunette yoga girl – uncredited Mission: Impossible (TV 1967) A Cube of Sugar dancer – uncredited Speedway (1967) dancer – uncredited

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Laura Nicholson

Laura Nicholson (born 2 Oct 1945), daughter of James H. Nicholson of American International Pictures; sister of Luree Homes. The Diary of a High School Bride (1959) Edie Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) Beach Blanket Bingo (14-Apr-1965) … Continue reading

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Laura Lynn aka Ashlyn Martin

Laura Lynn (born Laura Lynn Hale, 20 Mar 1946 Ohio – suicide 24 Oct 1991) Complete credits: Blood Feast (1963) Marcy, girl on beach Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) beach girl (uncredited) Burke’s Law (TV 25-Oct-1963) ‘Who Killed Alex Debbs?’ – 2nd … Continue reading

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Yvette Vickers

Yvette Vickers (born Iola Yvette Vedder 26 Aug 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri; found dead in April 2011 in her house in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, California). Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) blonde yoga girl – uncredited First movie appearance: Sunset Boulevard … Continue reading

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Lorie Summers

Lorie Summers (aka Lorrie Summers aka Marilee Summers) All credits: The Real McCoy (TV 1963) Donna Oliver The Man with the X Ray Eyes (1963) dancer – uncredited Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) The Beverly Hillbillies … Continue reading

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Luree Holmes

Above: Ski Party, featuring [unknown], Luree Holmes, Frankie Avalon, Salli Sachse Luree Holmes (born Luree Nicholson 24 April 1942) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) as Luree Nicholson Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) Beach … Continue reading

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Candy Johnson

Above: Donna Loren, Jody McCrea, Harvey Lembeck, Candy Johnson Candy Johnson (born Victoria Jean Hulstead 8 Feb 1944 – 20 Oct 2012) Four screen credits: Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Perpetual Motion Dancer Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Candy Bikini Beach … Continue reading

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Harvey Lembeck

Harvey Lembeck (15 Apr 1923 – 5 Jan 1982) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) Julio Rossi The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) Polak Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) Beach Blanket Bingo (14-Apr-1965) How to … Continue reading

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Linda Rogers

Linda Rogers (born Linda Jo Rogers, 21 Sep 1941) Seven film credits: 5 Branded Women (1960) as Lina Rogers Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) The Mice The Comedy of Terrors (22 Jan 1964) Phipps’ maid Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Rat Pack Pajama Party … Continue reading

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Delores Wells

Delores Wells (born 17 Oct 1937) Playboy Playmate of the Month June 1960, later secreatry to Linda Lovelace Four film credits: Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Sue Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Sniffles Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Sniffles The Time Travellers (1964) … Continue reading

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John Ashley

John Ashley (born John Atchley 25 Dec 1934– 3 Oct 1997) Married to Deborah Walley, 28 April 1962 – 1966 First screen credit: Dragstrip Girl (1957) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Ken Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Johnny Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) … Continue reading

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Alberta Nelson

Above: Alberta Nelson, Harvey Lembeck and Linda Rogers Alberta Nelson (14 Aug 1937 – 29 Apr 2006) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) The Mice Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Lisa, Muscle Girl Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Rat Pack Pajama Party (11 Nov … Continue reading

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Jody McCrea

Jody McCrea (born Joel Dee McCrea 6 Sep 1934 – 4 Apr 2009) Son of Joel McCrea (The Virginian and other westerns) and Frances Dee (Little Women, retired 1954) First screen credit: The First Texan (1956) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Deadhead … Continue reading

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Eva Six

Eva Six (born Eva Klein 1937 in Budapest, Hungary) Three screen credits: Operation Bikini (1963) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Ava 4 for Texas (1963) Mrs Burden

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Valora Noland

Valora Noland (born Valor Baum 8 Dec 1941) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Rhonda – *film debut Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Animal Sex and the College Girl (shot 1964 – released 1970) Vickie Summer Children (29 Oct 1965) Diana Star … Continue reading

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Meredith MacRae

Meredith MacRae (30 May 1944 – 14 July 2000) Daughter of Gordon MacRae (Oklahoma! 1955) and Sheila MacRae (The Jackie Gleason Show TV 1966-70) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) beach girl Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Animal Petticoat Junction (TV 1966 – 70) Billie … Continue reading

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Frankie Avalon

Frankie Avalon (born Francis Thomas Avallone 18 September 1939) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) Socum – guest cameo Beach Blanket Bingo (14-Apr-1965) I’ll Take Sweden (United Artists 18 … Continue reading

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Annette Funicello

Annette Funicello (22 Oct 1942 – 8 April 2013) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Dolores Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Dee Dee Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Dee Dee Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) Connie Beach Blanket Bingo (14-Apr-1965) Dee Dee The Monkey’s … Continue reading

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Mickey Dora

Mickey Dora (1934-2002) Born Miklos S. Dora III, in Budapest, Hungary Beach Party (1963) Surfer Surf Party (1964) surfer – uncredited Muscle Beach Party (1964) Surfer Boy For Those Who Think Young (1964) College Boy Bikini Beach (1964) Surfer Beach … Continue reading

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Mike Nader

Mike Nader (born 19-Feb 1945) Beach Party (1963) – Beach Boy Muscle Beach Party (1964) – Surfer Boy For Those Who Think Young (1964) – College Boy Bikini Beach (1964) – Surfer Pajama Party (1965) – Pajama Boy Beach Blanket … Continue reading

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