Beach party film  

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Beach party films were an American 1960s genre of feature films which often starred Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. They were originally intended as a low-budget imitation of both the Elvis Presley musical and the Doris Day sex comedy, aimed at the teen market, but they ended up taking on a life of their own. The "classic" series was produced by American International Pictures, and imitated in turn by numerous other studios.

Annette Funicello was still under contract to Walt Disney in 1963 and Disney's lawyers threatened to sue AIP if their now voluptuous star appeared in Beach Party, or any of the other films, in a bikini. AIP capitulated — an unimaginable act for the company prior to this, before the stakes were raised. Annette would not only not wear a bikini in the films, she would spend a surprising amount of her screen time repressing the sexuality of the other kids, an odd angle indeed for the once exuberantly permissive and exploitative AIP.

Few if any of the principal actors were actually teenagers. Frankie Avalon was in his mid-twenties, married and had children when he made Beach Blanket Bingo.

Many of the movies were made at Paradise Cove in Malibu, California. To meet the release schedule, most of the movies had to be filmed during the winter months—when hardly anyone wanted to run around a beach in a swimsuit, or go in the water.

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