Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 UNRATED

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(36) IMDb 5.5/10
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Subplots in this classic beach movie of the 1960s include: a group of beach teens become involved in a kidnapping of a singing idol; a mermaid falls in love with a nitwit; a villainous "drunkard"; and motorcycle gangs.

Starring:
Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Beach Blanket Bingo

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Musical, Comedy
Director William Asher
Starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello
Supporting actors Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Donna Loren, Marta Kristen, Linda Evans, Timothy Carey, Don Rickles, Paul Lynde, Donna Michelle, Michael Nader, Patti Chandler, The Hondells, Buster Keaton, Earl Wilson, Bobbie Shaw Chance, Andy Romano
Studio MGM
MPAA rating Unrated
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Annette, Frankie, Linda Evans, Marta Kristen.
Smiddyboy
Watched it when I was young and now my kids get to enjoy it, too.
KatieKamiR
They are a bit crazy though so will not appeal to everyone.
Candy

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wyly on June 18, 2001
Format: DVD
Serious collectors hoping for the "definitive" version of this beach classic, please be forewarned: MGM has inexplicably released the "edited for television" version rather than the original theatrical version! What a disappointment! It seems that years ago when "Beach Blanket Bingo" was shown on ABC, the network cut out a solo sung by Annette titled "I'll Never Change Him" to allow for more commercial time. When HBO released its VHS version, it was also the edited version and in fact, subsequent reissues by Goodtimes Video and Video Treasures apparently used the same print. It wasn't until a couple of years ago when the movie started showing on cable networks such as Cinemax and American Movie Classics that the restored theatrical version finally was seen and for those of us who weren't lucky enough to see it on the big screen, it was quite a surprise that we had been watching an edited version all these years. The song is a bouncy upbeat tune and in my opinion, it's Annette's best song in the series. In fact, it was even recycled later the same year in "Ski Party" with the title and lyrics slightly changed to "We'll Never Change 'em" and this time warbled by Deborah Walley. On the upside, the transfer is crisp and the colors breathtaking in this widescreen edition. But if you want to see the original theatrical version, you'll just have to be content to tape it the next time it plays on AMC's American Pop series.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Scofield on January 17, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Beach Blanket Bingo is the best of AIP's Beach Party films. Unlike the other films in the series, there are actual attempts at some clever tongue and cheek writing here, Annette finally displays some of here phenomenal body, Frankie actually has a tan, and the supporting cast is much better this time around. Here we have Harvey Lembeck as Erick Von Zipper (what a great character!), Linda Evans, Marta Kristen, John Ashley, Buster Keaton, Don Rickles and the great, demented, Timothy Carey.
Director William Asher had Roger Corman's Poe movie cinematographer Floyd Crosby on this film, making it the best looking of the series. The color is rich, the compositions dynamic and the camera more mobile than usual, giving the film a greater sense of excitement.
Finally, series composer Les Baxter also had a bigger hand in writing and arranging the songs this time around, and they are much better than usual for this series -- the title tune is a standout.
If you have a taste for American-International's Beach Party pictures, this is the best, and if you've never seen one before, this is the one to start with... Loads of fun!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 27, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
BEACH BLANKET BINGO is considered by many as their favorite "Beach Party" movie. In order, my three favorites are BEACH BLANKET BINGO, PAJAMA PARTY and BEACH PARTY.
In this sequel, Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) and Frankie (Frankie Avalon) decide to take skydiving lessons from the hard-nosed pilot John Ashley and the late Deborah Walley.
Things get complicated when up-and-coming pop singer Sugar Kane (Linda Evans) ends up in Frankie's arms - literally - and the ... Deborah decides to make Frankie an afterschool sweetheart!
Dumb-as-stumps Deadhead (Jody McCrea) falls in love with an elusive mermaid (Marta Kristen) and the always-annoying Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) and his "Rats" show up to kidnap the lovely Sugar Kane...
Featuring a memorable title song as well as great musical turns by Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and Donna Loren.
There are also great cameo roles from Earl Wilson, Don Rickles, Paul Lynde, Buster Keaton and Bobbi Shaw (reprising her role as Keaton's dizzy sidekick).
The DVD includes the trailer. (Single-sided, single-layer disc).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
While the other reviews profile the movie itself, you should be aware that this VHS tape was recorded in LP (long play) mode. Most decent movies are recorded onto the VHS tape in SP (standard play), which is the fastest speed and therefore will give the best picture quality. I knew something was up when I pulled the cassette out of the box and noticed there seemed to be only about 30 minutes of tape inside. Indeed, the picture quality and sound are noticeably poor. Using the slower LP speed for a pre-recorded video tape is an inexcusably cheap way to mass produce video tapes. You are far better off recording this movie off of AMC (American Movie Classics), which occasionally shows this movie. The picture will look far better. In looking at the box, it appears that Orion now has the rights to this movie, which was originally produced by American Internationals Pictures Inc. At the end of the movie is a trailer that says "Good Times Home Video". I don't know who's responsible for the poor quality of the tape, but my rating of one star is due to the tape quality not the movie itself. At the time of this review, BBB is not available on DVD. Orion are you listening?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donna on November 26, 2003
Format: DVD
It's clear to see why "Beach BLanket Bingo" might've been a hit among the teens of the day. It's zesty, frothy and fun, and keeps a beat going musically. One of the biggest highlights is the beautiful Donna Loren singing "It Only Hurts When I Cry." She was a talent on the line of Dusty Springfield if ever there was one, and why she didn't become bigger (or remain known today) as a singing star is mystifying. Apparently she wasn't well managed and the proper due wasn't given to her recordings, but she certainly had star material and the pipes. It's also fun to see a very young Linda Evans, looking as if the false eyelashes are a little too much for those baby blues, and Marta Krystal (I believe is her name), an actress who starred as "Judy" on "Lost in Space," playing a mermaid.
The thing that drags the whole thing down from sheer stupidity in my opinion is Harvey Lembeck as "Eric Von Zipper," doing a Brando take-off with annoyingly dumb and adolescent wit. Whenever he and his "rat pack" are on the screen, I fast forward, although evidently he was somewhat of a hit because this character appeared in several "beach" films. I always enjoyed the way that slapstick 60's flicks would feature older stars like, in this case, Buster Keaton, giving this older legends their due and a chance to appear among the popular young stars. The guest star appearances are fun.
As for Annette and Frankie, that crooning Italian duo -- Frankie Avalon was one of those baby-faced, handsome, smooth-voiced singers that came out of Philadelphia, so I'm sure he was a heart throb at the time, and he was cute with Annette. Their on-screen relationship was sweet and light.
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