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

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Frankie vintage transparency

If you can’t remember a time when Frankie Avalon wasn’t a part of your life, you aren’t alone. This talented performer can look back on a career that spans three generations of music, television and motion pictures which he feels … Continue reading

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The kids are the same

August 6, 1964: The kids are the same “Beach Party” and “Muscle Beach” crowd, headed by Annette Funicello, growing prettier with each beach outing, whose chief playmates are Frankie Avalon, burlesquing a Beatle-type; Jody McCrea, the goony one; and Candy … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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Frankie and Sue

Sue Hamilton and Frankie Avalon in Fireball 500 (1966). Born Los Angeles 1940, Playboy Magazine Miss April 1965 (as Sue Williams), five AIP beach movies and three episodes of Gidget between July 1965 and June 1966, final appearance as Sue … 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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Guys are swinging with their Dolls

Muscle Beach Party (1964) synopsis: Surfers Frankie and Dee Dee and their friends become uneasy when muscleman Flex Martian and his friends from Jack Fanny‘s gym invade their section of the beach. On a yacht offshore, a wealthy contessa named … Continue reading

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diverting and zany

Critical reaction to Muscle Beach Party was, not surprisingly, harsh. The New York Post branded the outing “abysmal.” Photoplay was kinder, daring to suggest that Muscle Beach Party was superior to Beach Party while Seventeen went out on a limb … 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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Newlyweds 1963

Frankie Avalon married Kathryn “Kay” Diebel 19 January 1963.

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Young Marrieds

Newlyweds Kay Diebel and Frankie Avalon coming out of at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Hollywood, 19 January 1963.

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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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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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Annette through the 1960s

Annette Funicello married Hollywood agent Jack Gilardi, 9 January 1965. She was 22 years old and he was 34. They had 3 children before separating in 1981 and divorcing in 1983.

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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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Frankie and Rosemarie

I’ll Take Sweden (1965) Frankie Avalon and Rosemarie Frankland (1943–2000) – first British woman to win Miss World 1961. Turner Classic Movies: In I’ll Take Sweden, Hope stars as Bob Holcomb, a widower raising his teenage daughter in sunny Southern … 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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Special Issue: The Beach Party Gang

Special Issue: The Beach Party Gang SCREENLAND plus TV-LAND. May 1965 • Exclusive Inside Stories About: Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley, John Ashley, Susan Hart, Jody McCrea, Patti Chandler and Many Others still only 25¢   Save

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Right blanket, wrong miss!

Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Mike Nader and Mary Hughes in the opening credits for Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). Beach Blanket Bingo – music by Jerry Styner, lyrics by Guy Hemric Take a blanket made for two now Add a guy … Continue reading

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Sugar Kane lobby card

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) from left to right: Salli Sachse, Patti Chandler, Paul Lynde, Annette Funicello, Mary Hughes, Linda Evans, Linda Opie Bent.

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Scott – Surf’s Up!

Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Mike Nader, Mary Hughes in a frame from the opening titles of  Beach Blanket Bingo (released 14 April 1965): the fifth Beach Party movie. “Frankie and Annette, the once perfect couple who now seem like bickering, … Continue reading

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Hear 7 New Surfing Hits!

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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When 10,000 Biceps go around 5,000 Bikinis…

Muscle Beach Party (1964), the second Beach Party movie. “A twitch-and-twist musical film entitled “Muscle Beach Party,” which stars Frankie Avalon and a tangle of vigorous young people with beautiful bodies and empty heads.” BOSLEY CROWTHER, New York Times, published: … 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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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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Frankie and John help Patti out of a Tommy Ivo drag-racer

Bikini Beach (1964): actors Frankie Avalon (left) and John Ashley (right) assist Culver City surfer girl and Beach Party actress Patti Chandler (center) out of a genuine Tommy Ivo drag racing car, watched by genuine California drag racers.

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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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Frankie and Dee Dee are all wet

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello as skydivers who land in the water in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965). For a moment, Annette’s hair looks normal and natural; see also her hair when rinsed of hairspray and permanent wave in Pajama Party … 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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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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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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Beach Party Movies WordPress is BACK TO THE BEACH!

Back To The Beach (1987): Tommy Hinkley, Lori Loughlin, Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. “This movie absolutely blind-sided me. I don’t know what I was expecting from “Back to the Beach,” but it certainly wasn’t the funniest, quirkiest musical comedy … Continue reading

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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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Bobbi and Frankie

Bobbi Shaw and Frankie Avalon in Ski Party (1965). “I was with Bobbie Shaw Chance Studio for about 2 years from 1999 to 2001 and I can say that the classes were life changing for me as an actor and … 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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when the SKI’NICKS meet the SKI’CHICKS

American International Pictures’ Ski Party (released 30 June 1965): the sixth Beach Party movie, the first without Jody McCrea, and the second without Harvey Lembeck. “Ski Party transfers the Beach Party vibe to snow, with a Some Like it Hot … 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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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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Potato Bug in his dragster

Bikini Beach (1964): Frankie Avalon as Frankie’s British beat boy rival, ‘Potato Bug, climbing in or out of his Tommy Ivo dragster. “Some of the best dragsters on the planet were gathered at Pomona Raceway for the many drag racing … Continue reading

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It’s where the boys meet the girls…

Bikini Beach (1964): the third movie featuring “the Beach Party” gang. ‘COUPLE OF HORRORS’ BY EUGENE ARCHER, New York Times, published: September 17, 1964. “…on the bill is ‘Bikini Beach,” a horrible juvenile comedy in which surfers fight cyclists and … Continue reading

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Ski kids

Ski Party (AIP 30-Jun-1965) Producer: Gene Corman (Beach Ball – brother of Roger Corman) Director: Alan Rafkin (TV) Writer: Robert Kaufman (Dr Goldfoot, The Cool Ones) Girls: Deborah Walley (Linda Hughes), Yvonne Craig (Barbara Norris) Bobbi Shaw (Nita Elksberg), Patti … 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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Fireball 500 (1966) half-sheet poster

Fabian slugs Frankie Avalon on this poster, in front of a larger Annette Funicello and a dyed-blonde Julie Parrish.

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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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Frankie and Fabian and dates at the 1959 Academy Awards

Frankie Avalon: married to Kathryn “Kay” Diebel since 19 January 1963, eight children. Fabian Forte: marriages to (1) Kathleen Regan 1966 – 1975, two children; (2) Kate Netter 1980 – 1990; (3) Andrea Patrick since 1998.

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Frankie in 1959

Frankie Avalon in Polynesian garb, years before his exile to a fictional South Pacific island How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965).

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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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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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Luciana Paluzzi dancing with Francisco Avallone

Luciana Paluzzi and Frankie Avalon in Muscle Beach Party (1964), the first Beach Party sequel. Luciana Paluzzi (born 1937) later played SPECTRE agent Fiona Volpe in the James Bond film Thunderball (1965).

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Annette and Frankie getting close in swimsuits

Annette Funicello (1942 – 2013) and Frankie Avalon (born 1940).

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Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello at the dragstrip

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello in Bikini Beach (1964) with ‘The Mantaray’, custom hotrod designed and  built by Dean Jeffries (1933 – 2013), who later designed the Monkeemobile.

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Len Lesser

Len Lesser: born Leonard King Lesser, 3 December 1922 New York City, New York; died 16 February 2011, Burbank California. ‘Uncle Leo’ in Seinfeld (TV 1991-98) First credit: Studio One in Hollywood (TV 1949) ‘Two Sharp Knives’ … How to … Continue reading

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Frankie Avalon: “A portrait of my dream girl”

Are you the girl who can win Frankie‘s heart? POPULAR SCREEN January 1960 Edd Byrnes | Sandra Dee | Fabian | Elvis

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Fabulous Threesome by the Editors of 16 Magazine

Edd “Kookie” Byrnes  *  Fabian  *  Frankie Avalon

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Ski Party (1965) co-star couples

Yvonne Craig, Dwayne Hickman, Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley in American International Pictures’ Ski Party (1965).

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Annette and Frankie in the ‘eighties

Annette Funicello (1942 – 2013) and Frankie Avalon (born 1939).

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Annette, a surfboard, and Frankie

Muscle Beach Party (1964): Annette Funicello in a white bikini, Frankie Avalon in striped swimming shorts.

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Love and the Tuba

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello reunited in an episode of Love, American Style (TV 1969 – 74) broadcast 29 Feb 1969.

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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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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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Frankie with the farmer’s daughter

Sue Hamilton and Frankie Avalon in Fireball 500 (1966)

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Frank Avalon in Eastern Europe

Frankie Avalon, aka Frenki Evelon, in a film magazine from Yugoslavia.

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Bikini Beach (1964) tall poster

Mary Hughes and Jody McCrea feature in this poster for Bikini Beach (1964)

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Paul Lynde

Tina Louise and Paul Lynde in For Those Who Think Young (1964) Paul Lynde: 13 June 1926, Mount Vernon Ohio; died 10 January 1982, Beverly Hills Los Angeles California. First credit: The Red Buttons Show (TV 1955) regular … For … Continue reading

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Bikini Beach (1964) lobby card

The third Beach Party movie. Frankie Avalon plays both Frankie and his rival, British popstar ‘Potato Bug’, who – very improbably – are also professional drag racers. But it’s the gorilla sub-plot that drags down the movie.

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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 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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Bikini Beach (1964) kids on the beach

The third Beach Party movie. Unknown beach girl (Julie O’Connor? Nancy Long?*), John Ashley, Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Mike Nader, with Ned Wynn and Jody McCrea in the background – publicity shot taken of the beach kids watching Clyde the … Continue reading

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Bikini Beach (1964) newspaper advertisement

Third Beach Party movie: Dee-Dee, Frankie and Potato Bug, return of Von Zipper and the Ratz, Patti Chandler’s first credit.

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Muscle Beach Party (1964) lobby card

The second Beach Party movie: Frankie and Dee-Dee, no Von Zipper; body-builders instead of the Ratz.

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Bikini Beach (1964) half-sheet poster

Bikini Beach (1964) half-sheet poster featuring Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Linda Opie, Mary Hughes, Salli Sachse, Patti Chandler and Jody McCrea.

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Bikini Beach (1964) Potato Bug

Frankie Avalon as English popstar ‘Potato Bug’

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Ski Party (1965) skiers

Ski Party (1965) Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Aron Kincaid  

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Ski Party (1965) Frankie Avalon

Ski Party (1965)

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Ski Party (1965) hot tub

Ski Party (1965) unidentified, Luree Holmes, Frankie Avalon, Salli Sachse

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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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Bikini Beach (1964)

Bikini Beach (22 July 1964)

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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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Sue Hamilton

Sue Hamilton (aka Sue Williams) in a publicity photo for The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966). Update here (August 2017). Sue Williams: Playboy Playmate of the Month April 1965; also known as Sue Hamilton. See Sue Williams / Sue … 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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