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The Girls on the Beach (1965).

January 16, 2008

The Scoop:
The girls are all right!

With most of the country mired in the depths of winter right now, what better time to dream of some summertime fun? And that’s something “The Girls on the Beach” definitely delivers.

In this typical (but more fun than most) ’60s teen comedy, a group of randy sorority sisters band together to put on a show that will raise money to save their beach house. It’s all strictly a “Beach Party” knockoff, but who cares? It may not be terribly original, with lots of subplots that go nowhere, but it’s all done with an infectious sense of fun. Among the ensemble of bikini-clad stars is Noreen Cochran (“Bachelor Father”), Lori Saunders (“Petticoat Junction”), Mary Mitchel (“Spider Baby”) and Lana Wood (Natalie’s sister, best known as Plenty O’Toole in the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever”).

The music is great, with appearances by the Beach Boys (featuring the on-the-verge-of-his-breakdown Brian Wilson looking totally out of his element), Leslie Gore and the Crickets.

This is just the thing to put you in the mood for spring break.

Best Line:
“We want you to seize his enormous brain with your enormous assets.”

Side Note:
Costar Nancy Spry was Miss Teen U.S.A.

Companion Viewing:
“Beach Party” (1963) and any of its string of sequels and imitators.


Take a Look:
The trailer:

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