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Beach Blanket Bingo

Beach Blanket Bingo an American International Pictures beach party film, released in 1965 and was directed by William Asher. It is the fifth film in the beach party film series. The film starred Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello and also featured cameos by Paul Lynde, Don Rickles and Buster Keaton. Linda Evans's singing voice was dubbed by Jackie Ward.

A singer, Sugar Kane (Linda Evans), is unwittingly being used for publicity stunts for her latest album by her agent (Paul Lynde), for example, faking a skydiving stunt, actually performed by Bonnie (Deborah Walley). Meanwhile, Frankie (Frankie Avalon), (duped into thinking he rescued Sugar Kane), takes up skydiving at Bonnie's prompting; she secretly wants to make her boyfriend Steve (John Ashley) jealous. This, of course, prompts Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) to also try free-falling. Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) and his Malibu Rat Pack bikers also show up, with Von Zipper falling madly in love with Sugar Kane. To top all this, Bonehead (Jody McCrea) falls in love with a mermaid (Marta Kristen). Eventually, Von Zipper "puts the snatch" on Sugar Kane. The film takes a The Perils of Pauline-like twist, with the evil South Dakota Slim (Timothy Carey) kidnapping Sugar and tying her to a buzz-saw.

Frankie Avalon as Frankie Annette Funicello as Dee Dee
Harvey Lembeck as Eric Von Zipper John Ashley as Steve
Deborah Walley as Bonnie Jody McCrea as Bonehead
Marta Kristen as Lorelei Linda Evans as Sugar Kane
Don Rickles as Big Drop Paul Lynde as Bullets
Donna Loren as Donna Timothy Carey as South Dakota Slim
Buster Keaton as Buster Bobbi Shaw as Bobbi
Earl Wilson as Himself Michael Nader as Butch
Donna Michelle as Animal Patti Chandler as Patti
Andy Romano as J.D. Alberta Nelson as Puss
Myrna Ross as Boots Chris Cranston as a Beach Girl


Directed by William Asher

Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff; James H. Nicholson

Written by Leo Townsend; Sher Townsend; William Asher

Music by Les Baxter

Cinematography - Floyd Crosby, ASC

Edited by Eve Newman and Fred R. Feitshans Jr.

Distributed by American International

Release dates - April 14, 1965

Country - United States

Language - English

run time: 98 minutes

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