Beach Party is a bouncy bit of lightweight fluff, attractively cast, beautifully set (Malibu Beach), and scored throughout with a big twist beat. It has a kind of direct, simple-minded cheeriness.
the beach at Malibu. As the square professor, Cummings shows himself to be an able farceur and notably at ease in surroundings which might embarrass a less professional star. Malone is along just for the ride in a small role as the prof’s longsuffering secretary. It’s a waste of her talent. What plot complications there are centre around the romantic problems of a group of young surfers, principally Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, each of whom undertakes a campaign to make the other jealous – he with buxom Eva Six, she with the erudite professor. Story is padded out with some lovely surf-riding sequences and a whole string of Les Baxter songs.
American International. Director William Asher; Producer James H. Nicholson, Lou Rusoff; Screenplay Lou Rusoff; Camera Kay Norton; Editor Homer Powell; Music Les Baxter
(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 104 MIN.
Robert Cummings Dorothy Malone Frankie Avalon Annette Funicello Harvey Lembeck Jody McCrea