Category Archives: Comedies and spoofs

Chad and Chris

Chad Everett (1937 – 2012) and Chris Noel (born 1941), cast mates in Get Yourself A College Girl (1964). Advertisements

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Marty Ingels (1936 – 2015)

Marty Ingels: born Martin Ingerman 6 March 1936, New York City New York; died 21 October 2015, Los Angeles California; comedian and character actor on screen 1958 until his death, including For Singles Only (1968); married to Shirley Jones of … Continue reading

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Charles Robinson (1932 – 2006)

Charles Robinson: born 13 April 1932, Orange New Jersey; died: 22 July 2006, Palm Springs California; on screen 1958 – 1987, including Take Her, She’s Mine (1963), Dear Brigitte (1965), For Singles Only (1968).

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Duke Hobbie

Duke Hobbie: born 6 May 1942, Helena Georgia. On screen 1965 – 1971 including Winter A-Go-Go (1965) and For Singles Only (1968).

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Dita Nicole

Dita Nicole: born 15 August 1945; five credits on IMDB 1968 – 1973 including For Singles Only (1968) pageant girl (uncredited).

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Leslie McRae

Leslie McRae: pageant competitor, turned actress turned faith-based documentary producer. Miss Hawaii 1968; second runner up to Miss World-USA 1968. First screen credit: Mr. Terrific (TV 1967) ‘Stanley Goes to the Dentist’ –Sally … Valley of the Dolls (1967) Ted’s … Continue reading

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Why we like…

For Singles Only (1968): Leslie McRae, Duke Hobbie, Mary Ann Mobley.

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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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 … Continue reading

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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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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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The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967)

The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967) Starring Shirley Eaton, Frankie 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 … Continue reading

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Frazzled Frolic

Connie Francis for Follow The Boys (1963) with Paula Prentis and Russ Tamblyn (Peyton Place, West Side Story). Frazzled Frolic: Follow the Boys Is a Familiar Story By BOSLEY CROWTHER | The New York Times | February 28, 1963

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Russ, Jackie and Bobby

C’mon, Let’s Live A Little (1967): veteran Canadian character actor Russ Conway (1913 – 2009) with folk-rock singer Jackie deShannon (born 1941) and pop singer Bobby Vee (1943 – 2016).

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C’mon Eddie

Eddie Hodges: born 1947, on Broadway from aged 10, in movies from age 12, won a Grammy at age 14; career failing by  age 20 – appearing as the “comic relief” in the low budget musical C’mon, Live A Little. … Continue reading

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C’mon, Let’s Live A Little (1967)

C’mon, Let’s Live a Little (released 3 March 1967): Jackie DeShannon, Suzie Kaye, Kim Carnes (born 1945 – only movie credit); Bobby Vee, Eddie Hodges, Frank Alesia, Patsy Kelly, Russ Conway (The Lively Set).

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el Doctor G. y su máquina de bikinis

The Doctor G. and his Bikini Machine with Dwayne Hickman, Frankie Avalon, Vincent Price and a redheaded Susan Hart.  

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Batgirl in a big bikini

Yvonne Craig, actor and dancer, born 16 May 1937; died 17 August 2015. The dark-haired beauty, a native of Taylorville, Ill., began her theatrical career at age 17 as the youngest member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She … Continue reading

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Spies in love

Troy Donahue (centre) and Valerie Allen (to the right of Troy) and others on set for the bikini spy caper Come Spy With Me (1967). Donahue and Allen married in Ireland after filming in October 1966, before the film was … Continue reading

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Lucienne, Dan and Katie

Bit players in Come Spy With Me (1967): French actress Lucienne Bridou (born 1943, in Hollywood 1964-68), minor actor Dan Ferrone (1937-99, on screen 1962-85), and teenager Katie Saylor (née Aldrich, born 1951).

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No chance with the bikini girl

Chance Gentry and Katie Aldrich together in a publicity photo for their only film credits – bikini spy caper Come Spy With Me (1967), starring Troy Donahue. Like Donahue (born Merle Johnson), Chance was a creation of infamous Hollywood agent … Continue reading

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Come Spy with Her!

Valerie Allen: formerly Paramount Pictures’ last contract player at twenty-three, eight years later in bikini spy caper Come Spy With Me (1967) where she met two-year husband Troy Donahue. Save

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Valerie Allen 1936 – 2013

Valerie Allen: born 10 February 1936, New York NY; died 18 June 2013 Woodland Hills CA. Daughter of Ziegfield Follies showgirl Valerie Raemer and talent agent Edgar Allen, on screen from 1957, including I Married a Monster from Outer Space … Continue reading

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Original Title Song of 20th Century Fox Motion Picture

Come Fly With Me (1967) original title song by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

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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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Roddy McDowall 1928 – 1998

Roddy McDowall: born 17 September 1928, London England; died 3 October 1998, Los Angeles USA. First credit: Murder in the Family (UK 1938), moved to the US the following year, on screen until 1998. Selected credits: Lord Love a Duck … Continue reading

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Tuesday Weld

Tuesday Weld: born Susan Ker Weld 27 August 1943, New York City; child model turned actress. Screen debut in Rock! Rock! Rock! (1956 – songs voiced by Connie Francis); TV appearances including Sunset Strip; The Tab Hunter Show and 17 … Continue reading

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The Swedes

I’ll Take Sweden (1965): starring Frankie Avalon (born 1939), Tuesday Weld (born 1943), Jeremy Slate (1926-2006), Rosemarie Frankland (1943-2000), Bob Hope (1903-2003) and Dina Merrill (born 1923).

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Frankie takes Sweden

Frankie Avalon and Bob Hope’s mistress Rosemarie Frankland in the comedy dud “I’ll Take Sweden” (1965).  

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Sam Katzman (1901 – 1973)

Sam Katzman: born 7 July 1901, New York City; died 4 August 1973, Hollywood. Nicknamed “Jungle Sam”. Spouse: Hortense Petra (1904-82) First producing credit: Western Justice (1934) – a 56 minute cowboy movie starring Bob Steele. Twist Around the Clock … Continue reading

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Gidget #2 in France

Cindy Carol (Gidget Goes To Rome 1963) and Fabian Forte (Ride The Wild Surf 1964) in the 20th Century-Fox comedy Dear Brigitte 1965.

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Don Porter (1912 – 1997)

Don Porter: born 24 September 1912, Oklahoma USA; died 11 February 1997, Beverly Hills California. First credit: Mystery of the White Room (1939); selected credits: Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) Russell Lawrence Gidget (TV 1965-66) Russell Lawrence Live a Little, … Continue reading

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Jim Begg

Roddy McDowall, Nita Talbot, and Jim Begg decide to make a team in a scene from the film ‘The Cool Ones‘, 1967. Jim Begg: born William James Begg 2 March 1938, Battle Creek, Michigan; died 15 February 2008, Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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the most ravishingly beautiful thing

Tisha Sterling (Village of the Giants) “Tisha was the most ravishingly beautiful thing, like a fawn,” says Ms. Sothern, ”but she had a low estimation of herself. It’s not my fault I’m a star, but it was tough for her … Continue reading

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Tisha Sterling

Tisha Sterling: Patricia Ann Sterling, 10 December 1944, Los Angeles, daughter of actors Robert Sterling and Ann Southern. First credit: The Ann Southern Show (TV 1960), on screen until 1999. Selected credits: Village of the Giants (1965) Jean Batman (TV … Continue reading

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Beau and the Belles

Beau Bridges, Joy Harmon, Tisha Sterling, Gail Gilmore, Vicki London in Village of the Giants (1965).

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Joy Harmon

Joy Harmon: born  May 1, 1940 in Flushing, New York, USA, on screen 1956 – 1972. Selected credits: Young Dillinger (1965) with John Ashley and Mary Ann Mobley One Way Wahine (1965) Village of the Giants (1965) with Tommy Kirk … Continue reading

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Shelley is a dream

Shelley Fabares in medieval costume for a dream sequence that appears over one of the songs in the Sam Katzman musical Hold On! (1966) – a vehicle for UK Beatles-imitators “Herman’s Hermits.” The musical numbers and Shelley Fabares are the … Continue reading

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Peter and Shelley

Peter Noone – lead singer of British Beatles-imitators Herman’s Hermits – and American co-star Shelley Fabares in a promotional photo for Hold On! (1966). Noone’s inability to act weighs down this featherweight movie.

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Your TV Star Album

Debbie Watson of ‘Tammy.‘ November 28, 1965, Boston Sunday Herald TV magazine

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Sultry and Dark vs Blonde and Blue-Eyed

There is, unfortunately, no guaranteed formula leading to Hollywood stardom. Elvis Presley’s two new leading ladies in MGM’s “Live A Little, Love A Little,” demonstrate divergent approaches to successful screen careers.

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Blonde and Blue-Eyed vs Dark and Sultry

Celeste Yarnall: supporting role in Live A Little Love A Little (1968). “Michele Carey, dark and sultry, and Celeste Yarnall, blonde and blue~eyed, both aspire to stardom. That is about all the two glamor girls, who lead Presley astray in … Continue reading

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When I leave the studio my life is my own

Michele Carey promoting Live A Little, Love A Little (1968): “Miss Carey, whose film credits include “El Dorado,” “The Sweet Ride” and “Changes,” is absorbed in her career and is seldom seen at premieres, studio parties or on the interview route. … Continue reading

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Absorbed in her career

Michele Carey promoting Live A Little, Love A Little (1968): “Miss Carey, whose film credits include “El Dorado,” “The Sweet Ride” and “Changes,” is absorbed in her career and is seldom seen at premieres, studio parties or on the interview route. … Continue reading

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall:  born 26 July 1944, Long Beach California. On screen from 1962. Gidget (TV 1966) ‘Independence: Gidget Style’ – 2nd Girl (as Celeste Yarnell); Elvis Presley’s Live a Little, Love a Little (1968) Ellen. More after the jump.

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Kiss My Firm But Pliant Lips

Elvis Presley and Celeste Yarnall in Live A Little, Love A Little (1968). “I originally auditioned for Michelle Carey’s role. And I know they liked me. And it must have gotten pretty close between she and me. So they created … Continue reading

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Michael A. Hoey

Michael A. Hoey: screenwriter (Live A Little Love A Little), dialogue coach (Tickle Me, Sergeant Dead Head, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, Spinout, Speedway); producer (Palm Springs Weekend), writer-director (The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966); born 8 September … Continue reading

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The Dane, Bernice and the King

The swinging sixties were a time of great confusion in Hollywood and a perfect example of that is Live a Little, Love a Little (1968), Elvis Presley’s 28th movie. For the first time, you see a studio wrestling with the … Continue reading

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The King in Bed

Elvis and Michele Carey in Live A Little, Love A Little (1968). “[Elvis] gets to use some mild cuss words and break a former Elvis taboo which was never to show Elvis in bed with his leading lady.” TCM.

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A Close Shave for the King

Michele Carey (How To Stuff A Wild Bikini, The Sweet Ride) watches Elvis Presley shave in Live A Little, Love A Little (1968), the first Elvis movie in which he cussed, was seen in bed with a woman, and implied … Continue reading

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Bernice calling

Michele Carey, Elvis Presley’s co-star in Live A Little, Love A Little (‘Oct 1968). Also appeared in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (965) – an uncredited cameo – and The Sweet Ride (May ’68) in a supporting role as … Continue reading

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Debbie does Deutschland

A German postcard of Debbie Watson in the title role of Tammy (TV 1965 – 1966).

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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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Wild Weird World of Shindig!

SHINDIG! – “The Wild, Weird, World Of Dr. Goldfoot” – Airdate: November 18, 1965. Left to right: Patti Chandler, Susan Hart, Mary Hughes.

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Hold On! (1966)

Hold On! Written by James B. Gordon; directed by Arthur Lubin; produced by Sam Katzman (in between Harum Scarum and For Singles Only); a Four Leaf Production presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and featuring Herman’s Hermits, Shelley Fabares, Sue Ann Langdon (Bachelor … Continue reading

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Ciné Tele-Revue

The cover model is Jan Watson, NOT Beverly Adams. You have to look inside the magazine to see Ms Adams. Jan Watson: born 17 December 1942, New York City. Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) – robot, The Silencers … Continue reading

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Debbie in a spotted bikini

“Debbie Watson, in a role allegedly intended for Nancy Sinatra, plays Hallie Rogers, an overzealous, aspiring singer who works as a go-go dancer on the popular TV show, Whizbam (a parody of the then-popular Shindig and Hullabaloo television series).” The … Continue reading

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Debbie and three old goats

Debbie Watson starred in Tammy – 26 color half-hour episodes on ABC from 17 Sep 1965 to 11 March 1966. Tammy and the Millionaire (1967) is a movie edited from the first four Tammy TV episodes and includes all the … Continue reading

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Sheb Woolley

Novely singer Sheb Woolley and blonde Pamela Austin (Kissin’ Cousins) in Hootenanny Hoot (1963) directed by Gene Nelson (Harum Scarum). Austin’s co-star in the movie is Joby Baker (Gidget, Girl Happy).

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Modern jazz or square dance?

Pamela Austin leads the dancers in Hootenanny Hoot (1963), directed by ex-dancer Gene Nelson, produced by Sam “B-Grade” Katzman. “Sheb Wooley performs the novelty theme song, “Hootenanny Hoot”, backed up by dancers who look like they just escaped from a … Continue reading

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Old and Young in France

Dear Brigitte (1965) starring Glynis Johns (born 1923), Jimmy Stewart (1908 – 1997),  and Cindy Carol (born 1944, Gidget #3). After playing the title role in Gidget Goes To Rome (1963), Cindy Carol played Jimmy Stewart’s daughter and Bill Mumy‘s sister … Continue reading

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Gene Nelson

Gene Nelson: dancer/actor-turned-director, born 24 March 1920, Seattle Washington; died: 16 September 1996, Los Angeles California. On screen 1947 – 1987, TV and B-grade movie director from 1960. Biography and photo below.

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Norman Taurog

Norman Taurog (1899 – 1981): director of Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965). Hollywood director from 1921; Academy Award for Skippy (1931).

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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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Chad Everett

Chad Everett: born Raymon Lee Cramton 11 June 1937 South Bend Indiana; died 24 July 2012, Los Angeles California. Get Yourself A College Girl (1964) and Made In Paris (1966) with Ann-Margret.

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Diane McBain

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

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Jack Mullaney

Jack Mullaney: born 18 September 1929, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania; died 27 June 1982, Woodland Hills California. On screen from 1954, credits include two Elvis Presley movies: Tickle Me (1965) and Spinout (1966) and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965). His … Continue reading

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linda agente secreto

Actor Louis Edmonds (villain Gunther Stiller): “It was sort of a fifth-rate James Bond-type of movie, with so many pretty young girls-and boys-lounging around a swimming pool . . .It was a fun part because I was a hired assassin, … Continue reading

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Is this any way to make a living?

Andrea Dromm: born 18 February 1941, Long Island, New York, USA. Model-turned-actress: The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966) ‘Alison Palmer’, Star Trek (TV Series 1966) ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before’ – ‘Yeoman Smith’, Come Spy with … Continue reading

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Connie and Joby sing Gershwin

Connie Francis and Joby Baker in When The Boys Meet The Girls (1965). Variety: Top-featured Connie Francis and Harve Presnell (seemingly cast more from contractual commitments than suitability) are adequate; she as the backwoods Nevada US mail-woman saddled with pop … Continue reading

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Polka Dot Bikini

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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Clean Hair Spray Is Here!

Andrea Dromm: born 18 February 1941, Long Island, New York, USA. Model-turned-actress: The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966), Star Trek (TV Series 1966) ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before’, Come Spy with Me (1967). After her brief … Continue reading

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Come Spy With Me (1967)

Come Spy with Me (18 January 1967) Twentieth Century Fox. Filmed on location in Jamaica. Title song by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

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Come Spy with Troy and Andrea

“Come Spy With Me“1967, starring Troy Donahue and Andrea Dromm.

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Andrea Dromm

Andrea Dromm: born 18 February 1941, Long Island, New York, USA. Model-turned-actress.

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The Widow Sachse

SALLI SACHSE

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Troy in San Francisco

Troy Donahue (born Merle Johnson, 27 January 1936, New York City, New York; died 2 September 2001, Santa Monica, California).

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Nine Swingin’ Lobby Cards

Actress Plays a Writer in ‘The Swinger’ By BOSLEY CROWTHER The New York Times, December 15, 1966

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Singles Pool Party

Chris Noel (born 1941), John Saxon (born 1935) and Mary Ann Mobley (1937 – 2014), in For Singles Only (1968). NY Times, June 6, 1968: “For Singles Only” is a mindless, witless romantic drama about the mindless, witless young people … Continue reading

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Mary Ann enjoying a singles drink

Mary Ann Mobley, in For Singles Only (1968). NY Times, June 6, 1968: “For Singles Only” is a mindless, witless romantic drama about the mindless, witless young people who live, swim and boogoloo all day in one of those southern … Continue reading

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“Dear Brigitte” in CinemaScope

Fabian holds onto Cindy Carol while she tries to get away in a scene from the film ‘Dear Brigitte‘, 1965. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images).

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Cindy at age 20

Cindy Carol: born Carol Annette Sydes, 11 October 1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA. On screen from age 11 as Carol Sydes, including a regular role in Leave It To Beaver (TV 1960), main role in the classic Cape Fear … 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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Deborah and John, early 1963

Deborah Walley married American International contract actor John Ashley on April 28, 1962, and their son, Anthony, was born on May 4, 1963. Walley and Ashley acted in a few pictures together, including Beach Blanket Bingo and Sergeant Dead Head, … Continue reading

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For Larry with sincere best wishes – thank you –

Aron Kincaid 1983. Aron Kincaid dies at 70; actor appeared in 1960s ‘beach’ movies. January 08, 2011|By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times … Kincaid, who also made guest appearances on series such as “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Get Smart,” moved … Continue reading

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Female Assassin Salli

Salli Sachse in The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967) “Frankie Avalon and George Nader (that guy from “The Robot Monster”) are a couple of wise-cracking, swingin’ secret agents. Their enemy is Shirley Eaton as Su-Muru, who plans to remove all … Continue reading

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Bikini Robot Salli

Salli Sachse: Dr Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine (1966). “Dr. Goldfoot hopes to ensnare the fortunes of the world’s wealthiest men with the aid of the beautiful bikini-clad robots he manufactures in his laboratory. Diane, the prize beauty of Goldfoot’s … Continue reading

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Double serving of Frankie

Frankie Avalon and Deborah Walley in a publicity photo for Sergeant Deadhead (1965). Avalon Double Bill. Review by Harry Gilroy, The New York Times, October 23, 1965. “TAPIOCA pudding is nice, but three hours of it as served in two … Continue reading

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Airwoman Lucy Turner

Deborah Walley in a publicity photo for Sergeant Deadhead (1965). Avalon Double Bill. Review by Harry Gilroy, The New York Times, October 23, 1965. “TAPIOCA pudding is nice, but three hours of it as served in two Frankie Avalon pictures … Continue reading

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Bikini Golf Cart Girl

The queen of surfer girls was University High’s Mary Hughes, who, at five feet nine, with pouffy, piled-up blonde hair and a George Hamilton tan, strode the ‘Bu as if it were a Paris catwalk. Duane King remembers, “When Mary … Continue reading

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Jimmy Stewart’s girl

Sandra Dee in Take Her, She’s Mine (1963), as the daughter of Jimmy Stewart, in a story based on the experiences of the parents of writer/director Nora Ephron.

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Hallie Rogers for Warner Bros. Television

“Debbie Watson, in a role allegedly intended for Nancy Sinatra, plays Hallie Rogers, an overzealous, aspiring singer who works as a go-go dancer on the popular TV show, Whizbam (a parody of the then-popular Shindig and Hullabaloo television series).” The … Continue reading

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Alexandra Zuck

Sandra Dee: born Alexandra Cymboliak Zuck, 23 April 1942 or 1944, Bayonne, New Jersey.

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Nancy in a nightdress

Mary Ann Mobley, Nancy Sinatra, Chris Noel and Joan O’Brien in Get Yourself A College Girl (1964).

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I Might As Well Jump…

Joan O’Brien, Chad Everett, Nancy Sinatra, Chris Noel: Get Yourself A College Girl (1964).

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Natalie Wood’s little sister

Lana Wood: born 1 March 1946 in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, younger sister of Hollywood movie star Natalie Wood. Lana’s first main movie role was “Debbie” in The Girls on the Beach (1965).

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