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Frankie & Annette MGM Movie Legends Collection (Beach Blanket Bingo / How to Stuff a Wild Bikini / Beach Party / Bikini Beach / Fireball 500 / Thunder Alley / Muscle Beach Party / Ski Party) (1964)

Frankie Avalon , Annette Funicello , William Asher  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Robert Cummings, Dorothy Malone
  • Directors: William Asher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 755 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMFRXS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,295 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frankie & Annette MGM Movie Legends Collection (Beach Blanket Bingo / How to Stuff a Wild Bikini / Beach Party / Bikini Beach / Fireball 500 / Thunder Alley / Muscle Beach Party / Ski Party)" on IMDb

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The sun will never set on Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, The recording star from Philadelphia and the former Mouseketeer give a master class in chemistry in five Beach Party films that make up the bulk of this swinging eight-film box set. Beach Party (1963) helped to usher in a new wave of teen exploitation films that were far more fun and frolicsome than the rock and roll and juvenile delinquent films that preceded it. Frankie rents a beach house for himself and Annette's Dolores. He is stunned to learn that she has gotten cold feet and allowed the whole gang to hang out there. So Frankie decides to "dig somebody else," and Delores takes up with Robert Cummings, an anthropologist studying the sex lives of teens. All ends happily, and chastely. Harvey Lembeck, whose credits include Billy Wilder's Stalag 17, introduced his recurring series role as bumbling biker Eric Von Zipper. Surf guitar god Dick Dale provides accompaniment. Vincent Price pops up as Big Daddy to say, "Bring me my pendulum, kiddies. I feel like swinging." Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) is the magnum Party opus as Frankie goes sky-diving, Bonehead (Jody McCrea) falls in love with a mermaid, Linda Evans sings, Paul Lynde is snide, Don Rickles insults, and Frankie and Annette sing their classic, "I Think, You Think." Bikini Beach (1964) takes a swipe at the upstart Beatles with Frankie in a dual role as British pop star Potato Bug. Muscle Beach Party (1964) was Stevie Wonder's first film, and Peter Lorre's last.

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) marks the end of an era, with Frankie, off in the Naval Reserves, getting help from witch doctor Buster Keaton in keeping interloper Dwayne Hickman away from Annette. Annette's absence is keenly felt in Ski Party, but James Brown performs, "I Feel Good" and Lesley Gore sings her top-40 hit, "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows." Frankie and Annette were reunited at the racetrack in Fireball 500 (1966), but Fabian is a third wheel as a rival for Annette. Thunder Alley (1967) (from Richard Rush, director of the cult classic, The Stunt Man), is another car-racing vehicle that pairs Annette and Fabian, but by now the thrill is gone. Frankie and Annette are as indelible a screen couple and as inseparable in the public's imagination as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. What is the secret to their enduring appeal? The last line of Back to the Beach (1987), an unsung gem unfortunately not included in this set, sums it up. Frankie and Annette walk together along the beach for the last time. Frankie turns to the camera and asks, "Are we the corniest couple in the world, or what?" --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

Disc 1 Side A: Beach Blanket Bingo Disc 1 Side B: How To Stuff a Wild Bikini

Disc 2 Side A: Beach Party Disc 2 Side B: Bikini Beach

Disc 3 Side A: Fireball 500 Disc 3 Side B: Thunder Alley

Disc 4 Side A: Muscle Beach Party Disc 4 Side B: Ski Party


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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the 60s May 25, 2008
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Frankie & Annette MGM Movie Legends Collection (Beach Blanket Bingo / How to Stuff a Wild Bikini / Beach Party / Bikini Beach / Fireball 500 / Thunder Alley / Muscle Beach Party / Ski Party)
I am a disabled man in his 60s but for a couple of hours, while watching these films, I am young again in the 60s. Once again I feel the excitement I felt and for a few minutes dreamed the dreams I had back then. I would give anything if a time warp suddenly transported m back to those carefree days.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnite Movies boxed up May 25, 2007
Format:DVD
These are the 4 Midnite Movie Double Features of AIP Beach Party films that were released a few years back. I enjoy being able to sit back and watch the surf nonsense. Eric Von Zipper is king. Shame they don't run these as afternoon flicks in the summer on WLVI in Boston. Also a shame they didn't create a double feature of Pajama Party and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine.

MGM fixed How to Stuff a Wild Bikini. The original double feature release (with Beach Blanket Bingo) claimed it was a Scope transfer, but it turned out to be the pan and scan. Luckily the folks in quality control have put the Scope verion on this flipper. Enjoy the full version of Annette hiding her baby belly.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankie and Annette Movies September 10, 2011
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I love this compilation of Frankie & Annette movies because it brings me back to a simplier times. I love the innocence of the characeters and the times. I think baby boomers would love it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen or not? December 12, 2007
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The movies ARE all in widescreen on dvd, BUT not all in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen, optimized for widescreen tv's. The movies "Bikini Beach" and "How To Stuff A Wild Bikini" are only 4:3 letterboxed widescreen, also not so good for a widescreen tv, unfortunately... But this is correct described on the case. The other movies are in good and crisp quality on dvd - better as the tv versions.

I missed the movie "Pajama Party". Why is this movie not in this collection?

Finally a fine collection, but the missed movie and the inconsequence with the 16:9 anamorphic widescreen optimizing brings one star to remove.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 60's flashback August 24, 2007
By DD
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These were my altime favorite movies to watch as a kid growing up. I always watched them on the Million Dollar Movie or Saturday Afternoon Matinee etc. What's more fun than Annette, Frankie and VonZipper romping around. Good clean fun. What's funny is how I remember the guys looked so vintage back in the 80's & 90's, now they'd fit right in today stylewise. The girls have the big hair to overcome, lol. Classic stuff.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love bikini"s! November 11, 2008
Format:DVD
I Love these movies! They are silly, filled with young pretty girls in bikini's, a weak story line and God I'm old! They make me smile and full of clean fun.
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81 of 106 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware!! This collection is not entirely widescreen! August 6, 2007
Format:DVD
Just to let all potential buyers of this set know.This set is NOT entirely widescreen/letterbox.
It says the entire set is letterboxed/widescreen:
1.On the Amazon website
2.On the back outer cover of the set box
3.On the slipcase covers(inside)
4.And it is stamped on each DVD!!
The bad apple in the bunch is "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini".Specifically the DVD starts with the familiar box that this movie has been "formatted to fit your screen"....uh-oh.The credits then roll and they are letterboxed.....whew!!
But then the movie rolls......FULLSCREEN!!
I unfortunately have had to return my copy for just this reason.I can see Amazon not realizing this but MGM has to take the fall for this,plain and simply.Either a mistake at the factory OR a deception....you choose.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhh........Memories July 23, 2011
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I loved these movies when I was a teenager and I still do. Brought back a lot of memories. My grandkids like them now and we can even let the young ones watch them. Glad I bought them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 3 days ago by Joanne M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Corny and GREAT fun to watch
Corny and GREAT fun to watch! Nice to see CA "back in tha day". Follow up with "Back to the Beach" which has Frankie & Annette visiting their favorite surf spots... Read more
Published 7 days ago by C Carnahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Thanks for the quick delivery and packing
Loved it! Thanks for the quick delivery and packing. The video quality was great.
Published 16 days ago by suz g
5.0 out of 5 stars loved them when I was young and nothing is different ...
how can you go wrong with Frankie and DeDe, loved them when I was young and nothing is different now.
Published 19 days ago by Gloria Caughey
5.0 out of 5 stars great set for the price!
Just received my set finally. You guys said it would arrive Friday and you were right. I was hoping you were wrong. Anyways. Love the movies. Love annette and frankie. Read more
Published 21 days ago by sandra jean
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well they're old beach movies but I love them anyway.
Published 28 days ago by mainepatty
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
beach blast !
Published 1 month ago by Robert Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars QUALITY DVD. WILL BE ENJOYED BY ALL WHO VIEW IT.
QUALITY DVD. WILL BE ENJOYED BY ALL WHO VIEW IT.
Published 1 month ago by Midcoast Vintage
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it
Published 1 month ago by Frank Lamberson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such fun to watch!
Published 1 month ago by Brandi
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