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  • Actors: Martin West, James Stacy
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CMQUQTU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,866 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A Swingin' Summer was a 1965 comedy film in the beach party genre. Raquel Welch stars in her first featured film role and makes her singing debut in the film. A trio of college kids - all friends of each other - attempt to insure summer jobs for themselves by becoming concert promoters at a lakeside dance pavilion that is in danger of closing. A local lifeguard, Turk (Martin West), jealous of both Rick (William Wellman, Jr.) and Mickey (James Stacy), tries to ruin their plan and at the same time tries to steal Rick's girl, Cindy (Quinn O'Hara) - who has secretly arranged for her rich dad to finance the pavilion. In the meantime, bookworm Jeri (Raquel Welch), takes off her glasses, lets down her hair and causes some new problems. The soundtrack featured songs performed by Raquel Welch, The Rip Chords, Jody Miller, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, The Righteous Brothers and Donnie Brooks.

Customer Reviews

Pretty much everything that can be screwed up, is screwed up on this one.
R. Dube
It, however, is a DVD-R dubbing from a pan and scan VHS original but I am not carping.
Ronald Adams
Thoroughly enjoyable if you liked Beach Baby Bingo and films of that genre.
M. Dippell

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Dube on May 6, 2014
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Transferred from a multi-generation tape with over-saturated colors, a mixed aspect ratio image and muddy sound. Pretty much everything that can be screwed up, is screwed up on this one. Steer clear, although this is really the only way to see this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Adams on June 20, 2014
Glad to see this one finally available on DVD. It, however, is a DVD-R dubbing from a pan and scan VHS original but I am not carping. Raquel Welch in her first movie (and she gets to sing a song also!).
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I really wanted to like this movie, really. However, unless you are a Raquel Welch fan and want to see her in her early 20's before her big break and her memorable dialogue (ugh, ugh) in 1,000,000 million years BC than this is the movie for you.

The plot is a rehash of so many movie plots from the days of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland (lets put on a show), but it is still enjoyable. In this movie's case, the gang had summer jobs at Lake Arrowhead and in route learned that the jobs were canceled. So they take it upon themselves to open their own teen dance hall, which is where the music comes in, including Gary Lewis and the playboys as their house band.

Music and bad dialogue ensues

It was great to see Gary Lewis and the Playboys on film, however, they do not play anything that is recognizable as a hit. And it looks like the Shrimp Shack Five (from That Thing You Do) took inspiration from the band members of how to perform in their "beach scene." The band members in their beginning musical number stood and moved back and forth without moving their hands on their instruments when they were suppose to be playing, still this doesn't take away from the film, because who looks for realism in a movie like this?

It was nice to see the 65 gold mustang convertible in the movie, and I mention this because with so many Ford's and so many mention of Coke and the small budget the filmmakers had it would be easy to suggest that instead of product placement, these two companies had a major hand in producing this film.

But the best part is Raquel Welch, while not really starring was prominent in the movie.
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For those who grew up in Lake Arrowhead, CA and remember the dances at the old pavilion, this film will delight you. Seeing the Righteous Brothers before they were famous was a real treat. Thoroughly enjoyable if you liked Beach Baby Bingo and films of that genre.
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I've been waiting to see this old gem for a while now, primarily because it is one of Raquel Welch's first films, and knowing that it was a beach movie, meant only one thing; Raquel in a bikini! In that regard this movie delivers everything promised. Not only do you get Raquel in a bikini, but you get Raquel doing one of the hottest dance numbers I've seen for this era. Feminine loveliness can also be found in the delectable Quinn O'Hara and Mary Mitchel, as well as sexy Lori Williams (Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) dancing away in the background. As for story and acting, I won't go there. Let's just say that the acting in this film, makes the Frankie and Annette films look Oscar worthy. The copy is not remastered, but looks to be made from a video print, however the quality is good to very good. As a Raquel Welch and beach babe film aficionado, it's well worth adding to your collection.
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