Beach Blanket Bingo

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In the fourth of the highly successful Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper kidnaps singing star Sugar Kane managed by Bullets, who hires …

ACTORS :  Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley

YEAR OF RELEASE : 1965

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Beach Blanket Bingo  In the fourth of the highly successful Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper kidnaps singing star Sugar Kane managed by Bullets, who hires sky-diving surfers Steve and Bonnie from Big Drop for a publicity stunt. With the usual gang of kids and a mermaid named Lorelei. It’s the wettest, wildest game in town!

This Movie is AWESOME!!!!!

Beach Blanket Bingo  It is truly one of the best movies out there, no doubt! The music is great, it’s HILARIOUSLY funny, it’s perfect for the entire family to enjoy, and the characters are wonderful!!! Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon make such a cute couple; Donna Loren once again nails it at her wonderful singing; Paul Lynde and Don Rickles are funny as always; Jody McCrea and Marta Kristen’s mermaid-human relationship is beautiful; John Ashley and Deborah Walley’s skydiving bag is out of sight; Harvey Lembeck does the hilarious Von Zipper antics once again; and what a great almost-final acting job for Buster Keaton before he died (even though it wasn’t a big role)! If you’re looking for a lot of fun, romance, comedy, drama, adventure, and more…this is the movie for you! It has everything!!! Look out Hot-Doggers and Beach Bunnies…this movie’s a knockout!!!

The movie that gave the whole series its name

 
I’ve hesitated to make any comments about this one of the beach movies. It’s like commenting on Citizen Kane or 2001 – too daunting. First of all, along with the COMPLETELY regular cast, it’s one of the ones with Don Rickles. People have said that he just doesn’t come across well in anything that’s SCRIPTED for him, but that’s far from completely true. Just watch for the little moment with him, after Frankie does his skydiving – it’s a “classic” Don Rickles moment. And Paul Lynde could always be funny, with or without a script (most recently, fans of Roger the alien on “American Dad” are interested in him). One of his best lines is when Earl Wilson – who looks like the most straight-laced person in the world – wants to visit the surfers’ hangout a second time. Lynde says, “Which girl is it, Earl?” And then there are Jody MacCrea (sp.) and Marta Kristen in the “Lorelei” subplot. Anyone who’s seen brooding movies like “Night Tide” might like this mainly COMICAL mermaid story (not that it’s the first or last one, of course). And of course, Timothy Carey as South Dakota Slim, who steals Sugar Kane from Erich Von Zipper, after Von Zipper went to the trouble of kidnapping her himself! Anyway, these are just SOME of the things going for it. The only thing missing from this beach movie is the cameo – I’ve always wondered why that is.

 

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