The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)

82 mins | Comedy | April 1966

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HISTORY

The 22 Jan 1965 DV listed upcoming projects at American International Pictures (AIP), including the film under its working title, Pajama Party in a Haunted House, with Frankie Avalon and Susan Hart in lead roles. The 22 Nov 1966 NYT later explained that the picture was an attempt by the studio to combine two of its signature genres, beach party and gothic horror. Production was scheduled to begin 8 Sep 1965, according to the 7 Jul 1965 Var.
       News items in the 25 Jun 1965 DV and the 26 Jun 1965 LAT stated, respectively, that veteran actors Elsa Lanchester and Buster Keaton had joined the cast. In addition to their acting duties, Lanchester and Keaton were commissioned by AIP to coach its roster of young contract players. Hedda Hopper, in her 26 Aug 1965 LAT column, suggested that the multigenerational cast would attract a larger audience. Other castings included AIP regulars John Ashley and Jody McCrea (3 Jul 1965 LAT ), and Francis X. Bushman in what was reportedly his 435th picture (17 Sep 1965 LAT ). Among the featured performers were fourteen-year-old Italian singer Piccola Pupa and The Bobby Fuller Four in their only screen appearances. Principal photography was anticipated to begin 29 Sep 1965, as noted in 3 Sep 1965 DV production charts. By this time, Frankie Avalon, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Buster Keaton, and Elsa Lanchester had left the project. Production charts in the 26 Oct 1965 DV revealed that Keaton was in Spain, appearing in ... More Less

The 22 Jan 1965 DV listed upcoming projects at American International Pictures (AIP), including the film under its working title, Pajama Party in a Haunted House, with Frankie Avalon and Susan Hart in lead roles. The 22 Nov 1966 NYT later explained that the picture was an attempt by the studio to combine two of its signature genres, beach party and gothic horror. Production was scheduled to begin 8 Sep 1965, according to the 7 Jul 1965 Var.
       News items in the 25 Jun 1965 DV and the 26 Jun 1965 LAT stated, respectively, that veteran actors Elsa Lanchester and Buster Keaton had joined the cast. In addition to their acting duties, Lanchester and Keaton were commissioned by AIP to coach its roster of young contract players. Hedda Hopper, in her 26 Aug 1965 LAT column, suggested that the multigenerational cast would attract a larger audience. Other castings included AIP regulars John Ashley and Jody McCrea (3 Jul 1965 LAT ), and Francis X. Bushman in what was reportedly his 435th picture (17 Sep 1965 LAT ). Among the featured performers were fourteen-year-old Italian singer Piccola Pupa and The Bobby Fuller Four in their only screen appearances. Principal photography was anticipated to begin 29 Sep 1965, as noted in 3 Sep 1965 DV production charts. By this time, Frankie Avalon, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Buster Keaton, and Elsa Lanchester had left the project. Production charts in the 26 Oct 1965 DV revealed that Keaton was in Spain, appearing in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966, see entry), which began filming 30 Aug 1965. Bushman died 23 Aug 1966 of a heart attack. The picture also marked the final screen appearance of actor-restaurateur Philip Bent, who, according to the 13 Jul 1966 NYT, died after crashing his airplane off the coast of La Jolla, CA. Also killed in the wreck was psychologist Peter Sachse, whose wife, Salli Sachse, appeared in the film as well. Bobby Fuller’s death on 18 Jul 1966 was officially ruled a suicide, although rumors of foul play have persisted over the ensuing decades.
       Retitled The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, the picture opened in Apr 1966 to lukewarm notices and reportedly indifferent public response. AIP discontinued its “Beach Party” series, focusing its efforts on what the 22 Nov 1966 NYT described as “protest films,” beginning with The Wild Angels (1966, see entry).
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
22 Jan 1965
p. 3.
Daily Variety
25 Jun 1965
p. 5.
Daily Variety
25 Aug 1965
p. 3.
Daily Variety
1 Sep 1965
p. 6.
Daily Variety
3 Sep 1965
p. 6.
Daily Variety
26 Oct 1965
p. 77.
Los Angeles Times
22 Jan 1965
Section C, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
26 Jun 1965
p. 15.
Los Angeles Times
3 Jul 1965
p. 17.
Los Angeles Times
26 Aug 1965
Section D, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
17 Sep 1965
Section D, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
22 Apr 1966
Section C, p. 9.
New York Times
13 Jul 1966
p. 20.
New York Times
22 Nov 1966
p. 32.
Variety
7 Jul 1965
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Ghost seq prod
Ghost seq prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus score
SOUND
Sd eff
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Prod asst
Constr coordinator
Main titles
SOURCES
SONGS
"Geronimo," "Swing-A-Ma-Thing," "Don't Try To Fight It Baby," "Stand Up and Fight" and "Make the Music Pretty," words and music by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Pajama Party in a Haunted House
Bikini Party in a Haunted House
Beach Party in a Haunted House
The Girl in The Invisible Bikini
Slumber Party in a Haunted House
Slumber Party in Horror House
Release Date:
April 1966
Premiere Information:
Boston opening: 6 April 1966
Production Date:
began 29 September 1965
Copyright Claimant:
American International Pictures
Copyright Date:
6 April 1966
Copyright Number:
LP32617
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
PathéColor
Duration(in mins):
82
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Hiram Stokely is visited in his coffin by Cecily, the ghost of his sweetheart of 30 years ago. She tells him that if he performs a good deed within 24 hours he can gain admittance into Heaven as a member in good standing and also become young again. The good deed is to prevent his scheming attorney, Reginald Ripper, from swindling Hiram's rightful heir, young Chuck Phillips, out of his inheritance. As Chuck, his fiancée, Lili Morton, and his spinster aunt Myrtle Forbush prepare for the reading of the will, Myrtle's swinging nephew Bobby arrives at the Stokely mansion to spend the weekend. Also on hand are Eric Von Zipper and his Rat Pack. Amidst all the mayhem, the villainous Ripper finds it difficult to carry out his plan for doing away with Chuck. When Ripper makes a last attempt at murder in the mansion's basement chamber of horrors, Hiram and Cecily foil the scheme, and the inheritance rightfully goes to Chuck. Having done his good deed, Hiram is given his reward, but it is more than he had bargained for; as Cecily leads him toward Heaven, he becomes 3 years old ... +


Hiram Stokely is visited in his coffin by Cecily, the ghost of his sweetheart of 30 years ago. She tells him that if he performs a good deed within 24 hours he can gain admittance into Heaven as a member in good standing and also become young again. The good deed is to prevent his scheming attorney, Reginald Ripper, from swindling Hiram's rightful heir, young Chuck Phillips, out of his inheritance. As Chuck, his fiancée, Lili Morton, and his spinster aunt Myrtle Forbush prepare for the reading of the will, Myrtle's swinging nephew Bobby arrives at the Stokely mansion to spend the weekend. Also on hand are Eric Von Zipper and his Rat Pack. Amidst all the mayhem, the villainous Ripper finds it difficult to carry out his plan for doing away with Chuck. When Ripper makes a last attempt at murder in the mansion's basement chamber of horrors, Hiram and Cecily foil the scheme, and the inheritance rightfully goes to Chuck. Having done his good deed, Hiram is given his reward, but it is more than he had bargained for; as Cecily leads him toward Heaven, he becomes 3 years old again. +

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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