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Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)

Approved | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 6 November 1965 (USA)
Skirt-chasing SIC agent Craig Gamble and millionaire bachelor Todd Armstrong set out to foil mad scientist Dr. Goldfoot's plot to use his army of bikini-clad robots to seduce wealthy men into signing over their assets.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Elwood Ullman (screenplay), Robert Kaufman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Goldfoot
Frankie Avalon ... Craig Gamble
Dwayne Hickman ... Todd Armstrong
Susan Hart ... Diane
Jack Mullaney ... Igor
Fred Clark ... D.J. Pevney
Patti Chandler ... Robot
Mary Hughes ... Robot
Salli Sachse ... Robot
Luree Holmes Luree Holmes ... Robot
Sue Hamilton Sue Hamilton ... Robot
Laura Nicholson Laura Nicholson ... Robot
Marianne Gaba Marianne Gaba ... Robot
China Lee ... Robot
Issa Arnal Issa Arnal ... Robot
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Storyline

Dr. Goldfoot plans on taking over the world with his beautiful female robots, who seduce rich and powerful men. Robot #11/Diane is sent after millionaire Todd Armstrong. Secret agent Craig Gamble tries to stop the plot but ends up in the torture chamber with Armstrong. The parody of "The Pit and the Pendulium" is the highlight of the film which also includes bits by Annette Funicello, Harvey Lembeck and Deborah Walley. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Cuddly...Curvesome...and Deadly See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Goldfoot and his Bikini Machine See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The dungeon and torture sequence incorporates long shots that are actually footage of Vincent Price lifted from the Pit and the Pendulum (1961). The torture chamber art and set direction was by the same art director, Daniel Haller, and these scenes in this movie evoked his work on these such Edgar Allan Poe adaptations for Roger Corman, which also starred Vincent Price. See more »

Goofs

During the chase scene at the end, the "cable car" with Dr. Goldfoot and Igor goes off the tracks to continue chasing Craig and Todd over streets and over the Golden Gate Bridge, which have no tracks. San Francisco cable cars run by grabbing a moving cable beneath the street, controlled by the lever you see the drivers of the cars handling. The red "cable car" is obviously a motorized trolley car. See more »

Quotes

Diane: Thank heavens you came along, darling. I'm completely flat!
Todd Armstrong: [checks out her gold bikini] I wouldn't say that.
Diane: The tire, dear boy. The tire!
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Crazy Credits

The Producers extend special thanks to the following performers for Guest Appearances: Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck, Aron Kincaid. Soon to be seen in.... "The Girl In The Glass Bikini" See more »

Connections

References The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bikini Machine
Words and Music by by Guy Hemric & Jerry Styner
Performed by The Supremes
Through the courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
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It Was So Bad.... I Strangely Kind Of Liked It.
25 December 2001 | by GuyCCSee all my reviews

But in the kind of way people like hospital Jell-O. You take it simply because it's there.

A friend brought this over to my humble abode for what seems to be a new tradition of "Bad Movie Nights". This pithy little nugget is quite the mound of poo, but it was so laughably bad that, well, I pretty much laughed.

Hilarity and hi-jinks ensue as Diane the multi-accented robot (and Carmen Sandiego wardrobe impersonator) rips of the wealthy in the name of Dr. Goldfoot (and does he have a bikini machine... but hey, who doesn't have one these days?). The good doctor is played by Vincent Price, and our main hero is Sonic restaurant spokesman and beach movie veteran Frankie Avalon. So for the duration of the film, we get a Motown/claymation intro/theme song, a far out and utterly random dance moment, goofy plot devices, dungeons with motorcycle riders, a dense henchman, a Scooby Doo-esque graveyard, lots of girls in bikinis, quite possibly the longest and most improbable chase scene ever, and the fabled line "stop dinging that dong!" Ah, this is high comedy, or comedy created while someone was high. I'm not sure. It was slapstick that would have made Jerry Lewis very proud indeed.

If this never made it to MST3K, then it should have. My friends and I ripped into it with sarcastic glee. All we were missing were the robots. I was stunned about how laughably bad this film was, and yet when it was all over, I actually had a good time with the thing. This is definitely a film to watch if you enjoy hurling witty insults at bad films. Everyone else, run far away, but stay for that wacky theme song.


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