October 22nd, 2013: Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

Beach Blanket Bingo

Cast and Crew: William Asher (Director); William Asher and Leo Townsend (Writers); Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Harvey Lembeck, Linda Evans, Marta Kristen, Don

What It’s About: Pop singer Sugar Kane pretends to jump from a plane as a publicity stunt. This sets Into motion several barely related plots that all wind up in the inevitable zany dustup. The oddest subplot involves a mermaid, played by “Lost in Space” actress Marta Kristen. As usual the main plot involves a test of Frankie and Annette’s relationship, this time from the sky diving instructors that work for Big Drop (Don Rickles).

Bingo has nothing to do with any of this.

Why Watch It Today?: Beloved actress Annette Funicello was born on this day in 1942. She would have been 71 today. Paired with Frankie Avalon in several of these beach movies, the two remained life-long friends.

Other Options: Grizzly (aka Claws), Rebecca

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