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Gidget’s last movie

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

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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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Spook

Harry Dean Stanton (1926 – 2017): ‘Spook’ in The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), with Patty McCormack, Barbro Hedström and Sandra Marshall.

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Dean Stanton 1926 – 2017

Harry Dean Stanton (born 14 July 1926, West Irvine Kentucky; died 15 September 2017, Los Angeles California. ‘Spook’ in The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), above, with Jeremy Slate and Sherry Jackson.

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The Young Runaways (1968)

The Young Runaways (11 September 1968). Producer: Sam Katzman. Starring: Brooke Bundy, Patty McCormack, Quentin Dean, Kevin Coughlin, Richard Dreyfuss, Lloyd Bochner, Dick Sargent, Hortense Petra, Lynn Bari, Norman Fell.

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Diane is wild

Diane Varsi, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film, “Peyton Place,” died on Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 54 years old and lived in Los Angeles. Miss Varsi played Allison MacKenzie in “Peyton Place,” the … Continue reading

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Diane Varsi 1938 – 1992

Diane Varsi (born 23 February 1938, San Mateo California; died 19 November 1992, Hollywood California). Movie debut: Peyton Place (1957) in the lead role of Allison MacKenzie; retired 1960 – 1965; 8 more credits 1966 – 1977, including Wild in … Continue reading

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If you’re thirty, you’re through!

Wild In The Streets (1968). “A pop singer is elected President, the administration establishes a mandatory retirement age at 30. At 35, citizens are escorted — by black-shirted young goons in baseball caps—to “rehabilitation camps,” where, “in groovy surroundings,” they … Continue reading

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Wild In The Streets 1968

Wild in the Streets (29 May 1968) American International Pictures, starring Shelley Winters (1920 – 2006), Christopher Jones (1941 – 2014), Diane Varsi (1938 – 1992), Richard Pryor (1940 – 2005), Ed Begley (1901 – 1970).

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Donnie Brooks

Donnie Brooks (6 February 1936 – 23 February 2007). Rockabilly singer in three 1960s teen movies: Get Yourself A College Girl (1964), A Swingin’ Summer (1965) and The Love-Ins (1967).

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Salli on a trip

Salli Sachse in The Trip (1967  American International Pictures).  

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The Trip (1967)

The Trip (released 23 August 1967) American International Pictures; produced and directed by Roger Corman, written by Jack Nicholson. Girls: Susan Strasberg, Salli Sachse, Luree Holmes; boys: Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper, Michael Nader, Michael Blodgett; olds: Dick Miller.

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The Love-Ins (1967)

The Love-Ins (released 26 July 1967) . “This lurid melodrama, which Sam Katzman has produced and Arthur Dreifuss directed, is a gaudy, gleeful glorification of the fun that hippies have at their jolly outdoor love-ins and on their phantasmagorical trips.” … Continue reading

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Riot On Sunset Strip (1967)

Riot on Sunset Strip (released 2 March 1967). “This 1967 quickie – made to reference recent confrontations between Hollywood police and the local youth – is so earnestly trying its best to be fair that it sometimes doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

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Celluloid Junk

TWO reels of celluloid junk called “The Mini-Skirt Mob” and “Angels From Hell” unwound in succession yesterday on a circuit theater double bill. Both American International packages transparently pay awed tribute to a motorcycle gang, a repulsive roundup of young … Continue reading

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The Mini-Skirt Mob 1968

The Mini-Skirt Mob (released 3 May 1968 American International Pictures); director: Maury Dexter, writer: James Gordon White; girls: Diane McBain, Sherry Jackson, Patty McCormack, Barbro Hedström, Jackie Rohr; boys: Jeremy Slate, Ross Hagen, Harry Dean Stanton, Ronnie Rondell Jr.

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Maryjane 1968

Maryjane (released 13 March 1968 American International Pictures), director: Maury Dexter, writer: Maury Dexter (story), Dick Gautier, Peter Marshall; girls: Diane McBain, Patty McCormack, Linda Cooper, Teri Garr,  Jo Ann Harris, Dodie Warren; boys: Fabian, Kevin Coughlin (1946-76), Gary Marshall, … Continue reading

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Maury Dexter

Maury Dexter: born 12 June 1928, Paris Arkansas USA. Directing credits include: Surf Party (1964), Wild On The Beach (1965), Maryjane (1968), The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), The Young Animals (1968), Hell’s Belles (1969).

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Jeremy Slate 1926 – 2006

Chris Noel and Jeremy Slate promoting The Lieutenant (TV 1963). Jeremy Slate born 17 February 1926 Atlantic City New Jersey; died 19 November 2006, Los Angeles California. Selected credits: G.I. Blues (1960), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), I’ll Take Sweden (1965), … Continue reading

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The Roughest Ride In Town!

HELL’S BELLES (29 April 1969) Directed by Maury Dexter (Surf Party, Wild On The Beach); written by James Gordon White (The Glory Stompers) and Robert McMullen; cinematographer, Ken Peach; produced by Mr. Dexter; released by American International Pictures. Running time: … Continue reading

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Charles Arthur Floyd had none of the minor vices!

A Bullet for Pretty Boy (15 July 1970) American International Pictures Director: Larry Buchanan (Mars Needs Women 1967) Writers: Enrique Touceda, Henry Rosenbaum Music: Harley Hatcher (The Wild Angels 1966) Starring: Fabian Forte, Jocelyn Lane, Astrid Warner and Adam Roarke … Continue reading

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Everybody’s girl next door

Astrid Warner in A Bullet For Pretty Boy (1970). “Both Miss Lane and Miss Warner are very lovely. Miss. Warner especially, who plays the tragic wife in the manner of the girl next door, ought to be everybody’s girl next … Continue reading

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Two On A Triumph

Jocelyn Lane and Jeremy Slate in Hell’s Belles (1969). “THAT minuscule subdivision of our youth, the mobile mobsters who reportedly dote as much on mayhem as they do on roaring motorcycles, get ample opportunity to display inane, destructive madness in … Continue reading

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Jeremy and Jocelyn

Veteran US actor Jeremy Slate (1926 – 2006) and British pinup and actress Jocelyn Lane (born 1936) in American International Pictures‘ violent biker movie Hell’s Belles (1969). Lane was Elvis Presley’s leading lady in the dude ranch – desert comedy … Continue reading

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Dennis and Chris

Dennis Hopper and Chris Noel in The Glory Stompers (1968).

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Dennis, Chris, Astrid, Jody and Robert

Chris Noel, Astrid Warner, Jody McCrea, Robert Tessier in The Glory Stompers (22 November 1968) Script: James Gordon White (The Mini Skirt Mob, Hell’s Belles) and John Lawrence (The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant); direction: Anthony M. Lanza (Wild Guitar); starring Dennis … Continue reading

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Astrid Warner

Astrid Warner: born Betty Ann Waarala, 1943; attended Hancock High school, Michigan; married cameraman and actor Robert Sherrill Ballew (born 1 Oct 1940), 22 April 1965 in Nevada; and again 30 December 1966 in California (?). Ballew has two credits … Continue reading

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Six Sandra Louise Posters

Chris Noel: born Sandra Louise Noel, 2 July 1941, West Palm Beach Florida. First credit: Soldier in the Rain (1963).

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Diane McBain

Diane McBain: born: 18 May 1941, Cleveland Ohio. On screen between 1959 and 2001.

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From Berkeley to Woodstock

The Wild Scene (1970) is a film starring Alberta Nelson in the story of Dr. Virginia Grant, a female psychiatrist who talks graphically about her tawdriest cases. When she goes underground to investigate her college daughter’s sordid activities, she gets … Continue reading

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Luscious Lane

Jocelyn Lane: born: Jocelyn Lane Bolton, 16 May 1937, Vienna Austria. Younger sister of British 1950s pin-up, Mara Lane, Jocelyn followed her sister into British pin-ups as ‘Jackie Lane’, then progressed to UK television and Italian epics. In 1964 she … Continue reading

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Beverly Does It, 1966 Style!

Beverly Adams around the time of her appearance in the comedy Birds Do It 1966. Cinema Retro: “Adams’ career was short-lived. She married Vidal Sassoon in 1967 and went on to use the Sassoon name to launch a line of … Continue reading

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One Damned Laff After Another

Variety March 5, 2011: Character actor Frank Alesia, who was also an executive consultant on “Laverne and Shirley” and a director of “Captain Kangaroo,” died of natural causes in Carlsbad, Calif., on Feb. 27. He was 65. Born in Chicago, … Continue reading

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Tarmac Bunnies

Dolly Read (second from left) and four other English women, flown to the USA (in costume!) to train as “Playboy Bunnies” for London’s Playboy Club which opened in 1966. Dolly Read moved to Hollywood, starred in Beyond The Valley of … Continue reading

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Blonde Beauty

Chris Noel started out as a model and saving up enough money, ventured out to Hollywood. She eventually got an audition for the part opposite Steve Mc Queen in Soldier In The Rain. She then made her obligatory appearances in … Continue reading

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Dolly and the Beyond the Valley of The Dolls dolls

Sam:  How did you get the lead in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls? Dolly:  I had an old brown push button Dodge Dart and I was going up Peco Boulevard in Beverly Hills, where 20th Century Fox is, and … Continue reading

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Three walking up the college steps

Maggie Thrett, Yvette Mimieux and Judy Pace (link to an interview with Roger Ebert), American International Pictures‘ Three in The Attic (1968)

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Chris Noel studies her script

Chris Noel: star of Beach Ball (1965), Wild Wild Winter (1966), supporting roles in Get Yourself A College Girl (1964), Girl Happy (1965), American International Pictures‘ The Glory Stompers (1967) and For Singles Only (1968)

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Judy Pace, Maggie Thrett and Yvette Mimieux

American International Pictures‘ Three In The Attic (1968) starring Judy Pace (born 1942), Maggie Thrett and Yvette Mimieux. Variety: novelist Stephen Yafa disowned the pic. Screenplay tells of Christopher Jones, a college campus lover type, who gets hung up on … Continue reading

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Jocelyn Lane armed with a rock

Jocelyn Lane, star of American International Pictures‘ Hell’s Belles (1969).

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Jocelyn Lane astride the ‘Hell’s Belles’ (1969) poster

Jocelyn Lane, the 32-year-old debutante in the leather skirt in Hell’s Belles (1969)

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Jocelyn Lane

Jocelyn Lane: born: Jocelyn Lane Bolton, 16 May 1937, Vienna Austria. Younger sister of British 1950s pin-up, Mara Lane, Jocelyn followed her sister into British pin-ups as ‘Jackie Lane’, then progressed to UK television and Italian epics. In 1964 she … Continue reading

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Nancy Czar in a lesbian sex wild scene

Nancy Czar in The Wild Scene (1970)

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From bikinis to leather jackets

Devil’s Angels (1967): John Cassavetes and Beverly Adams opened a new gold mine for American International Pictures with counterculture movies. The beach party was over.

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Sunday New York News, October 9, 1966

Beverly Adams, from beach girl: How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965); to ski honey: Winter A Go Go (1966); to bikie chick: Devil’s Angels (1966).

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Devil’s Angels (1967) John Cassavetes

American International Pictures

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Devil’s Angels (1967) poster

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Nancy Czar

Nancy Czar: born Nancy Jean Czarnecki, 4 January 1944, Milwaukee Wisconsin. USA. US Figure Skating Champion 1960. Wild Guitar (1962) Vickie Wills Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) blonde on the beach – uncredited Winter A Go-Go (28-Oct-1965) Jonesy Perry Mason (TV 1965) … Continue reading

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Chris Noel

Chris Noel: born Sandra Louise Noel, 2 July 1941, West Palm Beach Florida. First credit: Soldier in the Rain (27-Nov-1963) Frances McCoy Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Betsy Beach Ball (29-Sep-1965) Susan Get Yourself A College Girl (18-Dec-1965) Sue Ann Mobley Wild … Continue reading

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Steven Rogers

Above: Steven Rogers swingin’ with Linda Marshall in The Girls on the Beach (1965). Steven Rogers: born 18 April 18 1937. Complete credits: Combat (TV 1962-63) 22 episodes – Doc The Girls on the Beach (Paramount 12-May-1965) Brian Ski Party (AIP … Continue reading

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Fabian

Above: Fabian and Peter Brown in Wild the Ride Surf Fabian (born Fabiano Anthony Forte, 6 February 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). In November 1965, he signed a seven-picture deal with American International Pictures. First acting credit: Hound-Dog Man (20th Century Fox … Continue reading

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the end of the beach party

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (14-Jul-1965) Final appearances by Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) and Frankie (Frankie Avalon). Final 1960s film appearance by John Fain Final actor credit for Mickey Dora Sergeant Deadhead (18-Aug-1965) Final appearance by Buster Keaton (died … Continue reading

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Beverly Adams

Beverly Adams (born 7 November 1940, Edmonton Alberta, Canada) First screen credit: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV 1963) ‘Wally’s Pen Pal’ Gloria Roustabout (1964) Cora – uncredited Girl Happy (1965) girl #2 – uncredited How to Stuff a … Continue reading

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Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra: born 8 June 1940, Jersey City Jersey, first child of Frank Sinatra. All movie credits: For Those Who Think Young (3 Jun 1964) Karen Cross Get Yourself a College Girl (18-Dec-1965) Lynne Marriage on the Rocks (1965) Tracy … 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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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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Salli Sachse

Salli Sachse: born Sally Irene Rogers, 25 June 1946 Muscle Beach Party (1964) Bikini Beach (1964) Pajama Party (1965) – uncredited Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) Ski Party (1965) – Indian (as a name) *has dialogue How to Stuff a Wild … Continue reading

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