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How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 14 July 1965 (USA)
Frankie, on naval-reserve duty in Tahiti, doesn't trust Dee Dee to stay faithful, so he hires Bwana, a witch doctor, to help. Bwana conjures up a floating bikini, "stuffs" it with Cassandra... See full summary »

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William Asher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Funicello ... Dee Dee
Dwayne Hickman ... Ricky
Brian Donlevy ... B.D. 'Big Deal' MacPherson
Harvey Lembeck ... Eric Von Zipper
Beverly Adams ... Cassandra
John Ashley ... Johnny
Jody McCrea ... Bonehead
Marianne Gaba Marianne Gaba ... Animal
Len Lesser ... North Dakota Pete
Irene Tsu ... Native Girl
Arthur Julian Arthur Julian ... Dr. Melamed
Bobbie Shaw Chance ... Khola Koku (as Bobbi Shaw)
Buster Keaton ... Bwana
The Kingsmen The Kingsmen ... The Kingsmen
Alberta Nelson Alberta Nelson ... Puss
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Frankie, on naval-reserve duty in Tahiti, doesn't trust Dee Dee to stay faithful, so he hires Bwana, a witch doctor, to help. Bwana conjures up a floating bikini, "stuffs" it with Cassandra, and sends her to distract advertising executive Ricky from Dee Dee. Written by alfiehitchie

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FOR BEGINNERS AND EXPERTS... an interesting course in THE BIRDS... THE BEES and BIKINIS See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

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English | Italian | German | French

Release Date:

14 July 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu Lake, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Follow Your Leader
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Pretty desperate but kind of fun
4 September 2007 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

The second to last Beach Party movie. In this one Frankie Avalon is separated from Annette Funicello by being in the Naval Reserve. While on an island he gets a witch doctor (Buster Keaton!) to see if Annette is being faithful to him. Keaton sends a pelican (???) to spy on Annette. Meanwhile handsome, attractive Ricky (Dwayne Hickman) is hitting on her. Then there's Mickey Rooney looking for the boy next door and girl next door for an ad campaign.

Even for a beach party movie this is pretty desperate. Funicello looks way too old to be hanging out at the beach (and her pregnancy is clearly visible); the dialogue is more inane than usual; the songs are (to be nice) terrible; the jokes are stubbornly unfunny; Hickman is as bland as they come (even worse than Chris O'Donnell); Harvey Lembeck returns as the incredibly unfunny Eric von Zipper; the "comical" motorcycle race at the end is incredibly stupid; and it's kind of sad seeing Keaton and Rooney reduced to this. Still, this is kind of fun in a silly sort of way. It's not even remotely good but I kept watching. The Claymation opening is fun and I did laugh out loud at the "Bewitched" joke at the end. Also this is perfect for young kids. So it's not good but it's harmless. It's certainly better than the next (and last) beach party movie "Ghost in the Invisible Bikini"!


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