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Lorelei on a surfboard

Marta Kristen: plays the mermaid ‘Lorelei’ in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). Advertisements

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Deborah bikini poses

Pretty Deborah Walley Is Unhappy; Wants To Get Out Of Her Contract. Many girls dream of going under contract to a major movie studio, but not Deborah Walley. This tiny bundle of dynamite did just that. Now she wants to … Continue reading

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Beach Blanket Gallery

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) the fifth Beach Party Gang movie– the one where the kids go skydiving. John Ashley gets a lead role as Frankie Avalon’s rival for Annette Funicello’s affections. Deborah Walley joins the gang again, this time as … Continue reading

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At the Cocoanut Grove, 1962

John Ashley and Deborah Walley at the Cocoanut Grove in 1962. The Cocoanut Grove: The Los Angeles Inspiration for Las Vegas by Hadley Meares, KCET October 29, 2012. The assassination of Robert Kennedy in its pantry has settled a permanent … Continue reading

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Hollywood Divorcee

TV Actress Deborah Walley A Homebody by Preference By VERNON SCOTT HOLLYWOOD (UPI) – The Cincinnati Enquirer, Wednesday, July 8, 1964, Page 42. Deborah Walley, the bewildered bride of “The Mothers-in-Law” series, is a not-so-bewildered divorcee off-screen and the mother … Continue reading

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Beach Marriage Bingo

Deborah Walley and John Ashley: a real life couple playing a squabbling couple in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). ••• Deborah’s last major film was the family-classic, Benji (1974). She then retired to spend more time with her three sons. “I … Continue reading

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Mary and Miki

Mary Hughes and Miki Dora on Malibu Beach. Deaths, January 11, 2002 – “Miklos ‘Miki’ Dora, Surfer. Miklos “Miki” Dora, 67, the legendary “Black Knight” of surfing who spurned contests and railed at Hollywood’s glamorization of the sport, died of … Continue reading

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Beach Blanket Screenshot

Donna Michelle (left) in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) … LIVES AND TIMES OF ANDERSON VALLEY FOLKS: CONVERSATIONS WITH VALLEY PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR LIVES, BOTH IN THE VALLEY AND OFTEN FAR BEYOND… Sharon Sullivan – July 21st, 2012. “[my boyfriend] lived … Continue reading

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Gidget fishing

Deborah Walley; Actress, 57. SEDONA, Ariz., May 14, 2001 — Deborah Walley, who appeared in a series of 1960s beach movies, died on Thursday at her home. She was 57. The cause was esophageal cancer, said Julie Parrish, a friend. … Continue reading

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Bedroom blanket bingo

Beach Blanket Bingo (released 14 April 1965): the fifth Beach Party movie. “Frankie and Annette, the once perfect couple who now seem like bickering, long-married discontents, constantly find themselves reassessing their relationship. Romantic complications ensue with the introduction of a … Continue reading

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Beach Hunk

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) co-stars Annette Funicello (1942 – 2009), Frankie Avalon (b. 1939) and Jody McCrea (1934 – 2009) whose presence as a lovable bonehead defined the canonical six Beach Party movies: Beach Party (1963), Muscle Beach Party, Bikini … Continue reading

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Best Wishes from Playboy Playmate of the Year 1964

Donna Michelle (born Donna Michelle Fick, 8 December 1945, Los Angeles, California; died 11 April 2004, Ukiah, California after a heart attack). Playboy Playmate of the Month December 1963 and Playboy Playmate of the Year 1964.

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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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…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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Judy Robinson

Immediately before she joined the cast of Lost In Space (TV 1965-68), Marta Kristen played Lorelai the mermaid in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). She was born Birgit Annalisa Rusanen, in the final months of World War II, the daughter of … Continue reading

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Lorelei among the palm leaves

Immediately before she joined the cast of Lost In Space (TV 1965-68), Marta Kristen played Lorelai the mermaid in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). She was born Birgit Annalisa Rusanen, in the final months of World War II, the daughter of … Continue reading

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Beach girl with beach ball

Linda Evans (born 1942), plays an aspiring singer named Sugar Kane in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

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Lorelei on the phone

Marta Kristen, Lorelei the mermaid in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

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Fun-Time Beach Adventure…

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) comic book. Where are the ropes pulling the boards? Are the boards motorized? Are they magic? Why are they on the cover when they’re not surfers, sky-divers or cycles?

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Screenland Special Issue: The Beach Party Gang

Exclusive inside stories about: Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley, John Ashley, Susan Hart, Jody McCrea, Patti Chandler and many others.

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It’s the game that separates the girls and boys… into groups of two

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) lobby card, featuring Paul Lynde, Frankie Avalon and Linda Evans. LARRY KING: The scene you just saw was from “The Big Valley” which our guest Linda Evans costarred with Barbara Stanwyck, playing the Barkley family’s beautiful … Continue reading

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It’s the game that separates the girls and boys…

American International Pictures’ Beach Blanket Bingo (released 14 April 1965): the fifth Beach Party movie. “Frankie and Annette, the once perfect couple who now seem like bickering, long-married discontents, constantly find themselves reassessing their relationship. Romantic complications ensue with the … Continue reading

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Young marrieds

Deborah Walley and John Ashley: a real life couple playing a squabbling couple in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). ••• Deborah’s last major film was the family-classic, Benji (1974). She then retired to spend more time with her three sons. “I … Continue reading

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Squabbling skydivers

John Ashley and Deborah Walley in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965): The busy plot has Frankie, Dee Dee, and the gang taking lessons from a skydiving service run by Big Drop (Don Rickles), though Bonnie (Deborah Walley) and boyfriend Steve (John … Continue reading

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The Beach Party Gang

Chris Cranston (born 1946) in a teenie-weenie polka-dot bikini (before she was a Playboy Playmate) and Donna Loren (born 1947) in a basque shirt, in a magazine feature to promote Beach Blanket Bingo (released April 1965).

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A surfer girl in a wild bikini

Mary Hughes (born Mary Cecilia Hughes, 25 Feb 1944 Hollywood, California; died 13 Dec 2007 Malibu, California) Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) surfer girl Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) beach girl Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) pyjama girl Beach Blanket Bingo … Continue reading

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Bingo Kids

Beach Blanket Bingo (AIP 14-Apr-1965) director: William Asher writers: William Asher and Leo Townsend Girls: Annette Funicello (Dee Dee), Deborah Walley (Bonnie Graham), Donna Loren (Donna), Marta Kristen (Lorelei),  Linda Evans (Sugar Kane), Donna Michelle (Animal), Patti Chandler (Patti), Bobbi Shaw … Continue reading

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Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) lobby cards

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

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Buster Keaton in an Ed “Big Daddy” Roth design T-shirt

Buster Keaton on set for Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) wearing a “Surfink” T-Shirt designed by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, creator of “Rat Fink“.

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Sky Diving Drama in ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ (1965)

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) demonstrates that each Beach Party move is a stand-alone narative, as Beach Party regular John Ashley turns into new character Steve Gordon, a jealous sky-diving instructor, rival to Frankie for Dee Dee‘s affection and bad boyfriend to … Continue reading

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Frankie and Deborah drinking Cokes

Frankie Avalon and Deborah Walley in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). Donna Loren does not appear in the movie so the kids could drink Coke instead of Dr Pepper.

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Annette, Donna, Mike and Frankie

A dramatic scene in the musical surfing and skydiving comedy Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), with Annette Funicello, Playboy Playmate of the Year Donna Michelle, Dynasty star Michael Nader, and Frankie Avalon. The beach girls sleep on the mezzanine level of … Continue reading

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Annette, Frankie and a bare-chested Jody

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) co-stars Annette Funicello (1942 – 2009), Frankie Avalon (b. 1939) and Jody McCrea (1934 – 2009), son of western movie star Joel McCrea (1905 – 90).

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Beach kids in ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ (1965)

Unidentified beach boy (half in frame), unidentified beach boy (behind), Donna Michelle, Mike Nader, Annette Funicello, Mary Hughes (behind), Patti Chandler (behind), Frankie Avalon, Guy Hemric in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

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Watching the Beach Blanket Bingo skydivers

Donna Michelle, Annette Funicello (front), Mike Nader (behind), Patti Chandler (behind), Frankie Avalon (front), and Jody McCrea watching the skydivers in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

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Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) opening titles

Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Mike Nader and Mary Hughes in the opening titles for Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). That’s icecream on Mike Nader’s face.

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Marta Kristen color portrait

Marta Kristen: plays the mermaid ‘Lorelei’ in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

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Linda Evans posing in a bikini with a beach ball

Linda Evans, plays aspiring pop singer Sugar Kane in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). She lip-synced to a song sung by session singer Jackie Ward.

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Buster Keaton surfing

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) – Buster Keaton’s second Beach Party movie appearance, after his debut in Pajama Party (1964).

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Patti Chandler modeling gloves in ‘Youth Parade’

Patti Chandler promoting Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) in a nationally syndicated article published April 1965.

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Patti Chandler 1965 newspaper clipping

Patti Chandler on a promotional tour for Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) in Monroe, Louisiana, June 1965. The ‘Jim Theatre‘ is long gone.

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Frankie and Annette comic book versions

    Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) comic book movie tie-in, featuring unflattering illustrations of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

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Paul Lynde in a cravat

Paul Lynde, actor, comedian and entertainer, comic roles in For Those Who Think Young (1964) and Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

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Buster Keaton’s drinking problem

Buster Keaton, special guest star in four beach party movies.

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Jody McCrea’s Bumper Bundle

Linda Opie, Jody McCrea, Patti Chandler in publicity for Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

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Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) bingo card

25 cast members. Top row: Annette Funicello, Harvey Lembeck, Marta Kristen, Donna Loren, Frankie Avalon. 2nd row: Mike Nader, unknown, Chris Cranston, Linda Evans, John Ashley Middle row: Bobbi Shaw, Deborah Walley, Buster Keaton, skydiver, Myrna Ross 4th row: Linda … Continue reading

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Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) Heaven’s Above

The fifth Beach Party movie – the one where the kids go skydiving. John Ashley gets a lead role as Frankie’s rival for Dee Dee’s affections. Deborah Walley joins the gang again, this time as John Ashley’s girl. Photo shows … Continue reading

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Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) photo

Donna Michelle, Annette Funicello, Mike Nader, Patti Chandler, Frankie Avalon, Jody McCrea in the fifth Beach Party movie: Deborah Walley’s first, Myrna Ross replaces Linda Rogers in the Ratz & Mice, no Candy Johnson, recurring character ‘Animal’ played by Playboy … Continue reading

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Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) boy and girl

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) Frankie Avalon and Linda Evans

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Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) boys

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) Paul Lynde, unidentified, Mike Nader, Frankie Avalon, Jody McCrea, Linda Evans

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