The Beach Girls

I’m a big fan of AIP’s beach party movies! You know, Frankie & Annette and the gang! This isn’t high art we’re talking about here, but dang those movies are fun! As we moved into the 70’s and 80’s, though, the beach party genre shifted a bit and merged with the teen sex comedy genre.…

Surf Party

AIP released “Beach Party,” the first Frankie and Annette sun and surf romp in July of 1964. It was such a hit that it didn’t take long for other studios to attempt to copy it’s success. One of the first was the film we’re looking at today. Released in January of 1964, “Surf Party” has…

California Dreaming

It was 1963 when American International Pictures first took us to the beach with Frankie and Annette in “Beach Party.” You had the surf, the sand, music and bikinis. It was a fun romp at the beach. My how things changed in a mere 16 years. That was when AIP unleashed a real downer of…

Beach Ball

One thing that the beach party movies of the 60’s usually had was special musical guests. Usually these artists were new up-and-coming acts, so their…shall we say longevity…was not always certain. For every Little Stevie Wonder that appeared in one of those films, there was also The Pyramids. The 1965 film “Beach Ball” fared better…