Muscle Beach Party
is the second of seven beach party films
produced by American International Pictures
. It was made in 1964
and was directed by William Asher
, who also directed four other films in this series. Dick Dale and the Del-Tones
and Stevie Wonder
appear in musical numbers, the latter aged thirteen and making his film debut, billed as "Little Stevie Wonder."
Frankie, Dee Dee, and the beach party gang hit Malibu Beach for another summer of surfing and no jobs only to find their secret surfing spot threatened by a gang of bodybuilders, led by the dim-witted coach Jack Fanny (Don Rickles
). All the while, a bored Italian Countess (Luciana Paluzzi
, perhaps best known as SPECTRE assassin Fiona Volpe in the fourth James Bond
) is trying to steal Frankie from Dee Dee and, much to everyone's surprise, he seems more than happy to go along with it. She's going to turn him into a teen idol, not unlike Frankie Avalon
's real-life persona. Fortunately, due to some razzing from his former surfing buddies and sage advice from Buddy Hackett
, Frankie sees the error of his ways and goes back to his American beach bunny
, Dee Dee.
The original score for this film, like Beach Party
before it, was composed by Les Baxter
, Gary Usher
and Brian Wilson
(of The Beach Boys
) wrote six songs for the film: "Surfer's Holiday"
performed by Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and the cast; "Runnin' Wild"
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