Beach PartyBy Jane Louise Boursaw
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Nothing says spring break like surfer dudes, beach bunnies, rock ‘n roll, and good, clean fun. In this 1963 movie starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon (the first of their beach movies), Frankie is planning some alone time at the beach with Dolores (Funicello). But she decides to invite the whole gang, and what follows is a boys-against-the-girls contest of one-upmanship and jealous tantrums. Frankie woos a woman old enough to be his mother (Eva Six) and Dolores flirts with frumpy anthropologist Bob (Robert Cummings), who’s secretly studying the mating rituals of the beach tribe with his eternally frustrated assistant Dorothy Malone. Harvey Lembeck plays an aging motorcycle gang leader, while Morey Amsterdam recites silly beat poetry in a Chinese mask and surf rocker Dick Dale plays bongos and wears a gold earring. Look for bit parts by Beach Boy Brian Wilson (as a surfer) and Peter Falk (as a biker) and a cameo by Vincent Price. This isn’t Shakespeare -- it’s just fluffy beach fare that’s a fun look back at teenagers in the 1960s. Great for kids 12 and up.