Rockin’ in the Film World #6: IT’S A BIKINI WORLD (Trans-American 1967)


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IT’S A BIKINI WORLD is one of the lowest of the low-budget “Beach Party” ripoffs you’ll ever see. Yet it has a certain charm to it, a likeable little “battle of the sexes” soufflé featuring some great 60’s rock acts and the undeniable appeal of beach bunny Deborah Walley.

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Beach stud Mike Samson goes gaga for knockout new redhead Delilah Dawes (Samson and Delilah, get it?). She thinks he’s an egotistical jerk and gives him the big freeze-out, telling him she prefers the “serious type”, so Mike dons a pair of thick glasses and some nerdy duds, passing himself off as intellectual brother “Herbert”. Herbert takes her to museums and zoos, while Mike competes with her in skateboarding and boat races run by local customizer Daddy, owner of hangout The Dungeon. Delilah discovers Mike’s scam, and they compete in a final Cross Country Race that consists of car racing, motorcycles…

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Artist Profile: Leo Fuchs (1929 — 2009)


Born in Vienna, Leo Fuchs immigrated to the United States in 1939 and sold his first picture (of Eleanor Roosevelt) when he was still a teenager.  He dropped out of school when he was 14 years old, apprenticed at Globe Photos in New York, and was a professional photographer at the age of 16.  After working a Signal Corps cameraman in Germany in the 1950s, Fuchs remained in Europe and was hired as a still photographer for several European film productions.  This led to Fuchs being hired by magazines like Look, Life, and Paris Match to photograph the film stars of the day.  He was eventually hired by Universal Pictures to serve as a still photographer for several productions.  Fuchs eventually moved into film production.

His photographs are some of the best pictures taken of Hollywood in the 50s and 60s.  Below are just a few of them.

Audrey Hepburn (1958)

Audrey Hepburn (1958)

Audrey Hepburn, with monkey (1958)

Audrey Hepburn, with monkey (1958)

Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee (1960)

Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee (1960)

Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee Walking In The City (1960)

Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee Walking In The City (1960)

Carl Foreman (1962)

Carl Foreman (1962)

Doris Day and Cary Grant (1961)

Doris Day and Cary Grant (1961)

Doris Day and Rock Hudson (1960)

Doris Day and Rock Hudson (1960)

Gina Lollobrigida (1958)

Gina Lollobrigida (1958)

Jack Lemmon and Harold Lloyd (1962)

Jack Lemmon and Harold Lloyd (1962)

Maria Perschy (1963)

Maria Perschy (1963)

Marlon Brando (1963)

Marlon Brando (1963)

Marlon Brando in A Bedtime Story (1963)

Marlon Brando in A Bedtime Story (1963)

Mary Badham during the filming on To Kill A Mockingbird (1961)

Mary Badham during the filming on To Kill A Mockingbird (1961)

Mary Badham and Gregory Peck (1961)

Mary Badham and Gregory Peck (1961)

Paul Newman, diving (1959)

Paul Newman, diving (1959)

Rock Hudson (1964)

Rock Hudson (1964)

Sal Mineo shooting Exodus (1959)

Sal Mineo shooting Exodus (1959)

Shirley MacClaine and Daughter (1962)

Shirley MacClaine and Daughter (1962)

Shirley MacClaine in Irma La Douce (1962)

Shirley MacClaine in Irma La Douce (1962)

Steve McQueen (1962)

Steve McQueen (1962)

Steve McQueen (1963)

Steve McQueen (1963)

Music Video of the Day: Take On Me by a-ha (1985, dir. Steve Barron)


This another one that speaks for itself. When I was a kid and MTV would do lists of the greatest music videos ever made, this always made the list. Of course it did. It’s a great video even if I’m not sure it has anything to do with the song. It’s very creative. Along with Robert Palmer’s Addicted To Love, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and a handful of other music videos from the 80s, you can pretty much count on everyone having seen this one all these years later. If not, then press play. It’s also the song that makes everyone try to hit a high note that very few people can hit.

Speaking of creative. It also happens to be the first music video used for the literal music video meme.

I would have posted the music video for the Ghostbusters song today, but the amazing literal version is missing from YouTube at the moment. It just isn’t worth posting without it right now.