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)
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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
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Advertised as having English, French and Spanish subtitles. Beware, only 2 movies have English subtitles, the other 4 do not! Read morePublished 9 days ago by CHRIS GREEN
I love these, bring back memories. I really enjoy watching them.Published 1 month ago by Michelle Moultrie
Of the ten A.I.P. beach movies, why these folks chose the yawnfest "Thunder alley" and tedious "Fireball 500" over "Pajama Party" and "Ghost in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by specimen unknown
I was brought up in West Texas, filled with sand dunes. These movies set dreams in motion. I traded sand dunes for sandy beaches and for the past 45 years, I have lived minutes... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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