American International's youth contender carries a catchy - if wayout - title, but is a lightweight affair lacking the breeziness and substance of earlier entries. Whole affair seems to have been given the once-over-lightly treatment.

American International’s youth contender carries a catchy – if wayout – title, but is a lightweight affair lacking the breeziness and substance of earlier entries. Whole affair seems to have been given the once-over-lightly treatment.

Script by William Asher – who directs – and Leo Townsend is hit and miss, twirling around a mysterious redhead suddenly appearing to fill a bikini which has been floating in midair. Frankie Avalon, on duty in Tahiti with his Naval Reserve unit, enlists the services of Buster Keaton, a witch doctor, to determine whether his girlfriend back home – Annette Funicello – is being true to him. Then there’s Mickey Rooney, a fast-talking pressagent, trying to promote a motorcycle race with femme stuffed in the wild bikini.

Funicello, usually with a bulk of the footage in these beach romps, obviously is enceinte here, and aside from a couple of songs she has little to do. Avalon, too, has little more than a bit.

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini

Production

American International. Dir William Asher; Producer James H. Nicholson, Samuel Z Arkoff; Screenplay William Asher, Leo Townsend; Camera Floyd Crosby; Editor Fred Feitshans, Eve Newman; Music Les Baxter

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 90 MIN.

Cast

Annette Funicello Dwayne Hickman Brian Donlevy Harvey Lembeck Buster Keaton Mickey Rooney
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