I wore a bikini around my own pool at home, but never in public. In fact, Lynde garnered the best notices for the film with Variety proclaiming, "What is most pleasant about this frolic is the superb performance of Paul Lynde as the frothy, pushy talent manager whose major ambition is to get 'pearls' for Earl Wilson. Frankie plays dual roles, that of "Frankie" and also a bizarre "rock star" known as "The Potato Bug. Disney, that's not a problem. The films also helped generate a huge spike in the mid-'60s in the sale of surfboards to guys. The main claim to fame for Muscle Beach Party is that it was the official big screen debut of "little" Stevie Wonder.
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In the end, of course, Frankie's charm triumph's over the "threat" of "The Potato Bug" stealing Annette away. Nonetheless, the fact is that Annette, more than any other single figure, made the bikini acceptable and popular with American women and untold women and girls all over the world. One indispensable figure of almost all the beach party films, including Bikini Beach, was Harvey Lembeck in his memorable role as Eric Von Zipper. Subscribe To Our Newsletter! Annette was fresh from her days as a Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club with Walt Disney and became the epitome of the sweet, wholesome beach girl. This "golden turkey" is pleasant only for the lonely guys who want to stare at a gorgeous ghost running around in a bikini. The main claim to fame for Muscle Beach Party is that it was the official big screen debut of "little" Stevie Wonder.
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Frankie plays dual roles, that of "Frankie" and also a bizarre "rock star" known as "The Potato Bug. Though there was no Frankie, no Annette, no surfing, and no beaches, this very bizarre movie is still considered the last of the "beach party" films. He may have been getting bored; he was also growing a bit long in the tooth to play the perennial chipper "teenage" surfer boy. The films also helped generate a huge spike in the mid-'60s in the sale of surfboards to guys.
Description: According to Rooney, his agent gave him hell for accepting the role; he had been approached by American-International directly and his agent had no part of the deal. Subscribe To Our Newsletter! The first two were pretty much just more formula films starring Frankie and Annette. Featuring the great Boris Karloff in one of his final roles, the movie is about a bikini-sporting ghost who is a guardian angel to the female lead, Deborah Walley.