Bikini Beach

Bikini Beach is a 1964 American teen film directed by William Asher and starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. The film belongs to the beach party genre of movies, popular in the 1960s. This is the third in the series of seven films produced by American International Pictures AIP.

Meanwhile, foppish British rocker and drag racer Peter Royce Bentley, better known as The Potato Bug played by Frankie Avalon in a dual role, has taken up residence on Bikini Beach. Annoyed by Frankies reluctance to start their relationship towards marriage, Dee Dee becomes receptive to Potato Bugs advances. In a jealous rage, Frankie challenges The Potato Bug to a drag race, in hopes of winning Dee Dee back.In a FILMFAXplus AprilJune 2004 interview, director William Asher revealed that the script was originally written for The Beatles. According to Ashers claim, the group had agreed to act in the film but later dropped out as their rapidly growing fame especially after their 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show caused their fee to exceed the films budget. Asher was forced to rework the script. Frankie Avalons dual role as an English singer named The Potato Bug was created to replace the four Beatles in the story. ........

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