Surf Party (1964)

68 mins | Comedy-drama | 21 January 1964

Director:

Maury Dexter

Writer:

Harry Spalding

Producer:

Maury Dexter

Cinematographer:

Kay Norton

Editor:

Jodie Copelan

Production Company:

Associated Producers, Inc.
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HISTORY

The 9 Sep 1963 DV announced the start of principal photography on 16 Sep 1963 at Producers Studio in Los Angeles, CA. The picture marked the screen debut of singer Bobby Vinton. Filming was completed on 24 Sep 1963, as noted in the next day’s DV. The 17 Sep 1963 issue included actress Kay Norton among the cast, along with Bob Demmon, Dennis Lindsey, Rich Fifield, Jim Gallagher, and Jon “Storm” Patterson, band members who were known collectively as The Astronauts. On 31 Oct 1963, LAT reported that composer Jimmie Haskell was in the process of scoring the film, and would also conduct the orchestra.
       Surf Party opened 29 Jan 1964 in Los Angeles, and 11 Mar 1964 in New York City. Box office reports in the 29 Jan 1964 Var indicated a Seattle, WA, opening eight days earlier. A review in the 12 Mar 1964 NYT described the plot as a 1920s “flaming youth” scenario adapted to a contemporary setting, noting the characters’ wantonly recklessness and irresponsible behavior. The picture closed in Detroit, MI, during mid-Dec 1964.
       The Astronauts released a version of the theme song on RCA Victor Records, followed by a soundtrack album on 20th Century-Fox Records, featuring Vinton, along with co-stars Jackie DeShannon and Kenny ... More Less

The 9 Sep 1963 DV announced the start of principal photography on 16 Sep 1963 at Producers Studio in Los Angeles, CA. The picture marked the screen debut of singer Bobby Vinton. Filming was completed on 24 Sep 1963, as noted in the next day’s DV. The 17 Sep 1963 issue included actress Kay Norton among the cast, along with Bob Demmon, Dennis Lindsey, Rich Fifield, Jim Gallagher, and Jon “Storm” Patterson, band members who were known collectively as The Astronauts. On 31 Oct 1963, LAT reported that composer Jimmie Haskell was in the process of scoring the film, and would also conduct the orchestra.
       Surf Party opened 29 Jan 1964 in Los Angeles, and 11 Mar 1964 in New York City. Box office reports in the 29 Jan 1964 Var indicated a Seattle, WA, opening eight days earlier. A review in the 12 Mar 1964 NYT described the plot as a 1920s “flaming youth” scenario adapted to a contemporary setting, noting the characters’ wantonly recklessness and irresponsible behavior. The picture closed in Detroit, MI, during mid-Dec 1964.
       The Astronauts released a version of the theme song on RCA Victor Records, followed by a soundtrack album on 20th Century-Fox Records, featuring Vinton, along with co-stars Jackie DeShannon and Kenny Miller.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
9 Sep 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
17 Sep 1963
p. 5.
Daily Variety
25 Sep 1963
p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
31 Oct 1963
Section C, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
24 Jan 1964
Section D, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
28 Jan 1964
Section C, p. 5.
New York Times
8 Mar 1964
Section X, p. 9.
New York Times
12 Mar 1964
p. 40.
Variety
23 Jan 1964
p. 70.
Variety
29 Jan 1964
p. 9.
Variety
26 Feb 1964
p. 66.
Variety
8 Apr 1964
p. 68.
Variety
23 Dec 1964
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Story-scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Prop master
SOURCES
SONGS
"If I Were an Artist," "That's What Love Is" and "Surf Party," words and music by "By" Dunham and Bobby Beverly
"Fire Water," "Glory Wave," "Crack-Up," "Never Comin' Back" and "Great White Water," words and music by "By" Dunham and Jimmie Haskell
"Pearly Shells," words and music by Lani Kai, Jericho Brown and "By" Dunham.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 January 1964
Premiere Information:
Seattle opening: 21 January 1964
Los Angeles opening: 29 January 1964
New York opening: 11 March 1964
Production Date:
16--24 September 1963
Copyright Claimant:
Associated Producers, Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 December 1963
Copyright Number:
LP27017
Duration(in mins):
68
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Terry, Sylvia, and Junior arrive in Malibu Beach from Arizona to vacation and to visit Terry's brother Skeet, a former football star whose career was ended by a skull injury. Sylvia falls in love with Skeet; Terry falls in love with Len, the operator of a local surf shop; and Junior falls in love with Milo, another surfer. Milo is injured in an accident while trying to qualify for membership in Skeet's unruly surfing club, "The Lodge." As a result of the accident, Len argues with Skeet, and they are about to fight when Terry warns Len that Skeet's football injury is still dangerous. Skeet is further humiliated when he gives a party, and Pauline, a wealthy older woman, finds him in the bedroom with Sylvia. Pauline reveals that she has been keeping Skeet. Skeet realizes how much he loves Sylvia and decides to return to Arizona with her. The girls enjoy the rest of the vacation with their ... +


Terry, Sylvia, and Junior arrive in Malibu Beach from Arizona to vacation and to visit Terry's brother Skeet, a former football star whose career was ended by a skull injury. Sylvia falls in love with Skeet; Terry falls in love with Len, the operator of a local surf shop; and Junior falls in love with Milo, another surfer. Milo is injured in an accident while trying to qualify for membership in Skeet's unruly surfing club, "The Lodge." As a result of the accident, Len argues with Skeet, and they are about to fight when Terry warns Len that Skeet's football injury is still dangerous. Skeet is further humiliated when he gives a party, and Pauline, a wealthy older woman, finds him in the bedroom with Sylvia. Pauline reveals that she has been keeping Skeet. Skeet realizes how much he loves Sylvia and decides to return to Arizona with her. The girls enjoy the rest of the vacation with their boyfriends. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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