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"The [author] is the supreme chronicler of this era...simply amazing...definitive...excellent writer." --Classic Images

"Refreshing." --Scarlet

"Exhaustive and highly entertaining." --Brutarian

About the Author

Tom Lisanti, the author of six McFarland books, has written extensively about sixties cinema. He contributes to Cinema Retro and blogs at sixtiescinema.com. He lives in New York.
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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; Reprint edition (August 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786472979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786472970
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,826,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Lisanti is an award-winning author/film historian of seven books about Sixties Hollywood. He began writing professionally in 1998 with his first published article on actress Carol Lynley in Filmfax, a magazine he had been reading since he was a teenager. Since then he has interviewed many celebrities from the Sixties including Shelley Fabares, Peter Brown, Diane McBain, Linda Harrison, Aron Kincaid, Celeste Yarnall, Francine York, Irene Tsu, William Wellman, Jr., Mimsy Farmer, and many more.

Look for his upcoming books in 2015 Pamela Tiffin: Hollywood to Rome, 1961-1974 from McFarland and Co.; and an interview book with 1960s actors/actresses tentatively entitled Talking Sixties Drive-in Movies.

His latest books are Dueling Harlows: Race to the Silver Screen the backstory of the making of the two film bios of 1965 one starring Carroll Baker and the other starring Carol Lynley; and with former actress Gail Gerber her memoir Trippin' with Terry Southern: What I Think I Remember (Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal for Best Memoir of 2010).


Tom tweets regularly and has been interviewed on radio and television including a week with Ben Mankiewicz co-hosting Turner Classic Movies' Spring Break Movie Festival; and can be currently seen in the documentary The Green Girl about actress Susan Oliver playing film festivals nationwide.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on July 4, 2005
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Tom Lisanti - the author of "Drive-In Dream Girls," "Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema," and "Film Fatales" - expands his horizons from '60s sexpots to covering the entire Beach Film genre which catered to teenagers between 1959 and 1968.

Lisanti profiles the following movies in depth: Gidget and its sequel Gidget Goes Hawaiian; the Elvis films Blue Hawaii and Girl Happy; the Frankie & Annette classics Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Beach Blanket Bingo, and How To Stuff A Wild Bikini; plus Where The Boys Are, For Those Who Think Young, The Horror Of Party Beach, Pajama Party, Ride The Wild Surf, Surf Party, Beach Ball, The Beach Girls And The Monster, Daytona Beach Weekend, The Girls On The Beach, One Way Wahine, A Swingin' Summer, Wild On The Beach, The Endless Summer, The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini, Out Of Sight, Catalina Caper, Don't Make Waves, It's A Bikini World, and The Sweet Ride. There's also the winter off-shoots Ski Party, Winter A Go-Go, and Wild Wild Winter which merit inclusion due to their use of beach film regulars, musical guest stars, and inane plots which merely substitute a ski slope for the beach. My own favorite beach films are Beach Blanket Bingo (probably the most fun) and Ride The Wild Surf (definitely the best made and owner of the best beach film theme song: the title cut by Jan & Dean).

Lisanti interviewed several of the stars of these films (including Peter Brown, Dave Draper, Shelley Fabares, Susan Hart, Aron Kincaid, Jody McCrea, Chris Noel, Quinn O'Hara, and William Wellman, Jr) and it is their frank and often bitchy comments about the filmmakers and their co-stars in the Behind the Scenes section of each film's chapter that makes this book must reading.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By catthomas on August 1, 2006
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All of you land-lubbers will love this one; surfers are warned not to swim. Anyone who loved watching these moronic movies while necking in a drive-in or doing your homework will be glad to realize that he or she is not missing big plot points! But no one watched beach movies for storylines; fans wanted to see the hunks and honeys shaking like a bee victims to an annoying bonga beat while resisting physical intimacy. All of them are here ... Gidget, Nancy Sinatra, James Darren, Elvis, and, of course, Annette and Frankie! The text is frank about the movies' lifeless plots or mediocre musical talents, but the author is unapologetically enthusiastic about this genre. One complaint: no color pictures!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader on June 26, 2009
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This book is an excellent reference guide to the surf and beach party movies of the 1960's. For each movie it gives details like release date, box office gross (if known), dvd release date, cast, etc., plot synopsis, and behind the scenes story.

What I especially like is the fact that the author is obviously fond of the subject matter and that comes through in the writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald W. Williams on December 13, 2012
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i grew up with these movies as a preteen in the 60's when u could go to a double feature it brought back alot of memories
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