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The Gasser

The Hondells in Ski Party (1965): pianist Randy Thomas behind the cymbal, Wayne Edwards playing the snare drum, Dick Burns in blue checkered shorts on guitar, Jerry LeMire in a white tee on guitar (behind Mary Hughes in a light … Continue reading

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original Ski Party jacket

Aron Kincaid (1940 – 2011), who appeared in many of the popular beach party pics of the 1960s, died Jan. 6 in Los Angeles of heart failure. He was 70.

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A surfer-girl starlet

Of all the surfer-girl starlets, Patti Chandler got the biggest career push, but her career never rose above the B level, even though she was absorbed into the young-Hollywood scene. Sheila Weller, Vanity Fair October 2006

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Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III

August 13, 1964: Harvey Honeywagon (Keenan Wynn) sets out in “Bikini Beach” to prove that the modern teen-ager operates on the level of a chimpanzee; he has a pet chimp (a man in a monkey suit) named Clyde to prove … Continue reading

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See the Beach-Party Gang Go Dragstrip!

Bikini Beach (1964) – the third Beach Party Gang movie – with special guest star Keenan Wynn (following Bob Cummings and Buddy Hackett), new mature leading lady Martha Hyer (after Dorothy Malone and Luciana Paluzzi) and Don Rickles in his … Continue reading

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Leander and Fans

Linda Bent, Salli Sachse and Fabian in George Barris‘ title car of Fireball 500 (1966): Fabian and Frankie Avalon are rival stock car drivers competing for the affections of Annette Funicello. The days of fun in the sand, surfing and … Continue reading

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1966 Plymouth Barracuda

Annette Funicello with the George Barris title car from Fireball 500 (1966): The base of the car was a 1966 Plymouth Barracuda; the signature characteristic was the dual cockpit, and to give the car its luminous shine, four men spent … Continue reading

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AKA Tara Ashton

Darlene Lucht (1938 – 2011): three credits as Tara Ashton: Wendy and Me (TV 1965) – ‘Tea Leaves for Two’ with Connie Stevens Marriage on the Rocks (1965) with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin Five Bloody Graves (1969) with husband … Continue reading

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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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In Pathecolor and Panavision

DARLENE LUCHT is featured in American International Pictures‘ “Bikini Beach” which stars FRANKIE AVALON and ANNETTE FUNICELLO. In Pathecolor and Panavision.

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Six Kitten

Eva Six (born Eva Klein 1937 in Budapest, Hungary) the blonde bombshell in Beach Party (1963). APRIL 1963. THE REDS INVADE… But lovely, blonde EVA SIX was not there! Meet the Hungarian actress who arrived in Hollywood as a refugee … Continue reading

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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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Gidget’s last movie

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

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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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Horror House 1970

Horror House a.k.a. The Haunted House of Horror (released 15 April 1970 USA) Tigon (UK) / American International Pictures. Starring Frankie Avalon and Jill Haworth.

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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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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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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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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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Whatever happened to…

Update here (August 2017). Sue Hamilton aka Sue Williams, Playboy Playmate and beach party movie actress, WAS NOT Karen Sue (Levitt) Hamilton, who died by suicide in 1969. Who was the actress who played “Peanuts” in How To Stuff a … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Dennis and Chris

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

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The Glory Stompers (1968)

The Glory Stompers (22 November 1968) American International Pictures

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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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After The Beach Party: ‘Savage Sisters’ 1975

The Screen: ‘Savage Sisters’ Views the Right to Fight By NORA SAYRE, The New York Times August 29, 1974. “… Entangled in a plot of staggering complexity, three women “subversives”—including an American dropout from the Social Register—wage the revolution on … Continue reading

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Sinistra and Bobby

Quinn O’Hara (born Alice Jones in Scotland) and Aron Kincaid (Born Norman Neale Williams II in Los Angeles) in The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini (1966).

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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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Dragstrip Johnny

John Ashley (1934 – 1997): screen debut in Dragstrip Girl (1957). How a Faded Teen Idol Helped to Shape the Face of Exploitation Cinema in the 1970s (and Beyond). Needless Things Thursday, June 18, 2015. “… Fast forward to the … 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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Try Your Luck with Patti and a hammer

Patti Chandler (born Patricia Ann Lauderback, 8 December 1943 Culver City, California), dated actor Lee Majors in the late sixties. LEE MAJORS: OH THAT MAN… WHAT A MAN! by William Tusher. Lee Majors’ prowess in the romance department is well-vouched … 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 meets Lucille’s wingman

Deborah Walley and Lucille Ball collaborator Gale Gordon 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 … 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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Port Angeles Evening News August 13, 1965

Ski Party (released 30 June 1965): the sixth Beach Party movie, the first without Jody McCrea, the second without Harvey Lembeck, the first with Deborah Walley, the first with Aron Kincaid, and the first in which Patti Chandler and Salli … Continue reading

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…Where The Beach Party Gang Goes Dragstrip!

Bikini Beach (1964): “But for us the cars are the stars. Some of the best dragsters on the planet were gathered at Pomona Raceway for the many drag racing sequences in the movie. Feature cars are Stellings & Hampshire (Red … Continue reading

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Those sunglasses!

Annette Funicello in Fireball 500 (1965). Stock car racer “Fireball” Dave Owens (Frankie Avalon) arrives at the racing town of Spartanburg, South Carolina, to compete against local champion Leander Fox (Fabian). Dave wins both the first race and the admiration … Continue reading

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© 1965

Sue Hamilton as one of the robots in Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965), in a publicity photo still stamped Fireball 500 (1966) on the reverse.

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Embryonic Teen Star

By PATRICIA McCORMACK. NEW YORK (UPI) – If sticking to a diet helps, Sue Hamilton will see her name in big lights someday. The embryonic filmstar sat beside me at lunch. She voiced an emphatic “no” to rolls, butter, potatoes, … Continue reading

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New Breed of Starlets

Starlets No Longer Lounge On Chaises; They Ride Surf – Hollywood’s new look in starlets is natural and un-made up, pretty and well-groomed in fashion. American International Pictures starlets Sue Hamilton (left) and Susan Hart (right). Sunday August 22, 1965.

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Soon to be seen in ‘Pajama Party in a Haunted House’

Pajama Party (1964), directed by Don Weis, is one of the better AIP Beach Party movies, partly due to superior choreography and dancing by David Winters and Toni Basil. Perhaps Pajama Party In A Haunted House was envisaged as sequel, … Continue reading

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There’s Something HORRID for Everyone!

American International Pictures’ The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (released 6 April 1966). The Beach Party Gang in a haunted house: the final (?) beach party movie, starring Pajama Party’s Tommy Kirk and Ski Party’s Deborah Walley. “Hiram Stokely is … Continue reading

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THIS is a bikini machine…

American International Pictures’ Dr Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine (released 6 November 1965): the Beach Party Gang goes sci-fi horror comedy, starring the Ski Party (1965) pair of Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman, and cameos from almost everyone else, including … Continue reading

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It’s the funniest foul up of the space age!

American International Pictures’ Sergeant Deadhead the Astronut! aka Sergeant Dead Head – released 18 August 1965: the beach party gang in a musical military comedy… “U. S. Air Force Sgt. O. K. Deadhead, stationed at Smedley Missile Base, accidentally explodes … Continue reading

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IT’S THE BARE OUTLINE of a beginners course in BOY-GIRLSMANSHIP

American International Pictures‘ How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (released 14 July 1965) the seventh Beach Party movie. “With Frankie away in Tahiti with his navel reserve unit, Dee Dee and the rest of the beach part gang are involved … Continue reading

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…or how to succeed in paralysing a parent without half trying!

Pajama Party (released 11 November 1964): the fourth Beach Party movie. “A Martian scout sent to Earth to prepare for an invasion lands amidst a teenage swim party and tries to convince everyone that he really is who he says. … 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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When 10,000 Biceps go around 5,000 Bikinis…

American International Pictures’ Muscle Beach Party (released 25 March 1964), the second Beach Party movie. “A wealthy Italian countess descends on the beach to ensnare Flex Martian, winner of a Mr. Galaxy contest. But when she transfers her affections to … Continue reading

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A blonde with a bowling ball

Mary Hughes (1944 – 2007) at age 62: “…married to a wealthy owner of a packaging company, still has a killer bod (she’s been a personal trainer for 30 years), still owns a Boogie Board and has surfing sons, still … Continue reading

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Surfer girls in the news

Mary Hughes and Salli Sachse on a promtional tour for American International Pictures.

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Beach kids in a haunted house

Aron Kincaid (Beach Ball 1965) and Nancy Sinatra (For Those Who Think Young 1964) bring a bikinis and a hawaiian shirt to American International Pictures‘ The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini (1966).

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Pajama Party In A Haunted House?

ARON KINCAID soon to be seen in American International Pictures‘ “Pajama Party In A Haunted House” – eventually released as The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini (1966): the final Beach Party movie.

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Frankie slugs Fabian in ‘Fireball 500’ (1965)

Frankie Avalon and Fabian Forte play rival drivers in American International Pictures‘ stock-car racing comedy-drama, Fireball 500 (1966)

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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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Tommy Kirk soulful portrait

A publicity photo from Argentina of Tommy Kirk, used to promote Walt Disney’s The Shaggy Dog (1959), but looks like a publicity photo for American International Pictures‘ The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini (1966).

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Muscle Beach Party (1964) novelisation

Muscle Beach Party (1964) adapted by Elsie Lee, featuring Frankie Avalon and simply “Annette” on the cover. This was the third adaption for AIP by romance novelist Elsie Lee (1912 – 1987), following The Comedy of Terrors and The Masque … Continue reading

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Beach party kids sand-fight lobby card

How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965)

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How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965) foreign girls

Irene Tsu (native girl) and Rosemary Williams (English girl) together in a publicity photo for How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965), although they do not appear in the same frame in the movie: the English girl joins the gang … Continue reading

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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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Devil’s Angels (1967) John Cassavetes

American International Pictures

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Bikini Beach (1964) lobby cards

American International Pictures

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