How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

93 mins | Comedy | 14 July 1965

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HISTORY

The 2 Nov 1964 DV announced that the upcoming production was scheduled for release in Jun 1965. Filming was underway five months later, as stated in the 11 Mar 1965 DV. Although the 7 Apr 1965 Var identified Tommy Kirk as the lead actor, he was replaced soon after by Duane Hickman, according to the 14 Apr 1965 DV. Various sources have suggested that Kirk’s dismissal was prompted by his arrest for possession of marijuana in Dec 1964. The 6 May 1965 DV also included Marianne Gaba among the cast. Elizabeth Montgomery, wife of director William Asher, made a cameo appearance in which she referenced her television series, Bewitched (ABC, 17 Sep 1964—25 Mar 1972). Various sources have credited the clay animation during opening credits to Art Clokey. Principal photography was completed by 27 May 1965, as indicated in that day’s LAT.
       The 19 Apr 1965 DV noted that songwriters Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner were contracted to write twelve songs for the picture, which marked the screen debut of the Kingsmen, according to the 27 Apr 1965 issue. The soundtrack album was released on Wand Records.
       A news item in the 30 Jun 1965 Var announced the film’s trade screening that day in New York City. A release was planned for 14 Jul 1965, as stated in the 2 Jul 1965 DV. Following the scheduled debut in San Francisco, CA, the film opened 4 Aug 1965 in Los Angeles, CA. A review in the 6 ... More Less

The 2 Nov 1964 DV announced that the upcoming production was scheduled for release in Jun 1965. Filming was underway five months later, as stated in the 11 Mar 1965 DV. Although the 7 Apr 1965 Var identified Tommy Kirk as the lead actor, he was replaced soon after by Duane Hickman, according to the 14 Apr 1965 DV. Various sources have suggested that Kirk’s dismissal was prompted by his arrest for possession of marijuana in Dec 1964. The 6 May 1965 DV also included Marianne Gaba among the cast. Elizabeth Montgomery, wife of director William Asher, made a cameo appearance in which she referenced her television series, Bewitched (ABC, 17 Sep 1964—25 Mar 1972). Various sources have credited the clay animation during opening credits to Art Clokey. Principal photography was completed by 27 May 1965, as indicated in that day’s LAT.
       The 19 Apr 1965 DV noted that songwriters Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner were contracted to write twelve songs for the picture, which marked the screen debut of the Kingsmen, according to the 27 Apr 1965 issue. The soundtrack album was released on Wand Records.
       A news item in the 30 Jun 1965 Var announced the film’s trade screening that day in New York City. A release was planned for 14 Jul 1965, as stated in the 2 Jul 1965 DV. Following the scheduled debut in San Francisco, CA, the film opened 4 Aug 1965 in Los Angeles, CA. A review in the 6 Aug 1965 LAT noted that featured actor Frankie Avalon was not credited onscreen. The screenplay was described as “featherweight.” However, the picture was not taken lightly by the National Legion of Decency, as revealed in the 21 Jul 1965 Var. According to the Legion, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini was “morally objectionable in part for all” due to its depiction of “casual sexual behavior” and “the suggestive photography of the costuming.”
       The film earned $217,000 during its opening week at 32 Los Angeles theaters.
       An article in the 25 Feb 1965 DV claimed that the screenplay was based on a novel by Jack Harrison.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 Nov 1964
p. 4.
Daily Variety
2 Nov 1964
p. 4.
Daily Variety
25 Feb 1965
p. 8.
Daily Variety
11 Mar 1965
p. 6.
Daily Variety
14 Apr 1965
p. 10.
Daily Variety
19 Apr 1965
p. 4.
Daily Variety
27 Apr 1965
p. 8.
Daily Variety
6 May 1965
p. 4.
Daily Variety
2 Jul 1965
p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
27 May 1965
Section C, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
24 Jul 1965
Section B, p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
6 Aug 1965
Section C, p. 10.
Variety
7 Apr 1965
p. 24.
Variety
30 Jun 1965
p. 22.
Variety
21 Jul 1965
p. 9, 21.
Variety
11 Aug 1965
p. 8.
Variety
25 Aug 1965
p. 40.
Variety
7 Sep 1966
p. 7.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus supv
SOUND
DANCE
Choreog
SOURCES
SONGS
"Give Her Lovin'," music and lyrics by Lynn Easton
other songs by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner.
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 July 1965
Premiere Information:
San Francisco opening: 14 July 1965
Los Angeles opening: 4 August 1965
Production Date:
March--May 1965
Copyright Claimant:
American International Productions
Copyright Date:
14 July 1965
Copyright Number:
LP31862
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Pathé Color
Duration(in mins):
93
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Frankie, away from home on Naval Reserve duty in Tahiti, calls upon Bwana, a witch doctor, to keep his girl friend Dee Dee away from male competition. Bwana sends a pelican to watch over Dee Dee, but when handsome girl-chaser Ricky starts to court Dee Dee, Bwana decides to use more powerful magic. He sends a mysterious charmer, Cassandra, to distract Ricky. Peachy Keane, an advertising man, arrives at the beach with plans to find the "Girl Next Door" for an advertising campaign and enlists the aid of Eric Von Zipper and his gang, the Rat Pack, who are preparing for an upcoming motorcycle competition. Cassandra wins the "Girl Next Door" contest; but Peachy soon discovers that she is completely uncoordinated. In a motorcycle chase, Von Zipper and his gang meet with difficulties, and Von Zipper trades in his leather jacket for a grey flannel suit. Ricky dates Cassandra, and Frankie returns to Dee ... +


Frankie, away from home on Naval Reserve duty in Tahiti, calls upon Bwana, a witch doctor, to keep his girl friend Dee Dee away from male competition. Bwana sends a pelican to watch over Dee Dee, but when handsome girl-chaser Ricky starts to court Dee Dee, Bwana decides to use more powerful magic. He sends a mysterious charmer, Cassandra, to distract Ricky. Peachy Keane, an advertising man, arrives at the beach with plans to find the "Girl Next Door" for an advertising campaign and enlists the aid of Eric Von Zipper and his gang, the Rat Pack, who are preparing for an upcoming motorcycle competition. Cassandra wins the "Girl Next Door" contest; but Peachy soon discovers that she is completely uncoordinated. In a motorcycle chase, Von Zipper and his gang meet with difficulties, and Von Zipper trades in his leather jacket for a grey flannel suit. Ricky dates Cassandra, and Frankie returns to Dee Dee. +

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

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