Beach Party

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Beach Party (1963, USA) is a Teen-Beach-Comedy film directed by William Asher.


Main Details

  • Released in 1963 | Color
  • Running Time: 101 min | Germany: 94 min (TV)
  • Production Co: Alta Vista Productions
  • Distribution Co: American International Pictures (AIP) (1963) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by William Asher
  • Written by Lou Russoff
  • Starring Robert Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Morey Amsterdam, Vincent Price
  • Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, Robert Dillon, James H. Nicholson, Lou Rusoff
  • Original Music by Les Baxter
  • Cinematography by Kay Norton
  • Film Editing by Homer Powell


  • When 10,000 kids meet on 5,000 Beach Blankets ... something's bound to happen! | The perfect summer when the urge meets the surge!


This film is often credited with creating the beach party film genre. An anthropologist, Professor Robert Orville Sutwell is secretly studying the "wild mating habits" of Southern California teenagers who hang out at the beach and use strange surfing jargon. After he temporarily paralyzes Eric Von Zipper, the leader of the local outlaw motorcycle gang, who was making unwanted advances on Dolores, she develops a crush on the Professor. Her surfing boyfriend Frankie becomes jealous and begins flirting with Ava, a Hungarian waitress. Meanwhile, Sutwell's assistant Marianne further develops her crush on the Professor. Von Zipper and his gang plot to bring down Sutwell, only to be thwarted in the end by the surfing teenagers. (Wikipedia)

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