Drive-In Saturday Night 2: BIKINI BEACH (AIP 1964) & PAJAMA PARTY (AIP 1964)


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Welcome back to Drive-In Saturday Night! Summer’s here, and the time is right for a double dose of American-International teen flicks, so pull in, pull up a speaker to hang on your car window, and enjoy our first feature, 1964’s BIKINI BEACH, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello:

BIKINI BEACH is the third of AIP’s ‘Beach Party’ movies, and this one’s a typical hodgepodge of music, comedy, and the usual teenage shenanigans. The gang’s all here, heading to the beach on spring break for surfing and swinging. This time around, there’s a newcomer on the sand, British rock star The Potato Bug, with Frankie playing a dual role. Potato Bug is an obvious spoof of the big Beatlemania fever sweeping the country, with all the beach chicks (or “birds”, as he calls ’em) screaming whenever PB starts singing one of his songs, complete with Lennon/McCartney-esque “Wooos” and “Yeah, yeah, yeahs”…

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In many ways, I wish I had been born several decades earlier.  I would have loved to have been a teenager during the early to mid-60s.  From what I can tell from the films made during that period, people use to break out into dance at the slightest provocation.

Need proof?

Just check out this latest edition of Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse and Exploitation Film trailers!

1) Beach Party (1963)

2) Muscle Beach Party (1964)

3) Bikini Beach (1964)

4) Pajama Party (1964)

5) How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965)

6) The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini (1966)

What do you think, Trailer Kitty?

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