Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Beach Party genre.

The "Beach Party" film genre revolves around the simple plot of entangled mellow-dramatic teen romances that wax and wane over the course of the summer beach adventures with friends.  The lead romantic couple constantly seeks to tease one another with a roster of newcomer characters that enter the clique.  Villains are are stiff and outmoded, egotistical, and inept, and seek to the thwart the fun just for kicks and personal gain.  The classic examples are usually bikers and know-it-all scientists.  Frankie and Annette were the classic beach party lead actors, but a host of other popular teenage singers and actors made cameos and guest starring appearances in the movies.  

Classic 60s Teen "Beach Party" films were started by American International Pictures in 1963:
FilmRelease dateAlso starring:
Beach Party7 August 1963Bob CummingsDorothy Malone and Morey Amsterdam
Muscle Beach Party25 March 1964Peter LupusLuciana Paluzzi and Buddy Hackett
Bikini Beach22 July 1964Keenan Wynn and Martha Hyer
Pajama Party11 November 1964Jesse White and Ben Lessy
Beach Blanket Bingo14 April 1965Paul LyndeLinda EvansMarta Kristen and Timothy Carey
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini14 July 1965Mickey RooneyBeverly AdamsLen LesserIrene Tsu 
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini6 April 1966Basil RathboneBenny Rubin and Francis X. Bushman


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