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'How to Stuff a Wild Bikini' lobby card

Date: 1965
Overall: 280 x 355 mm
Display Dimensions: 280 x 355 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Lobby card
Object No: 00008572
Place Manufactured:United States

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    This cinema lobby card for the film 'How to Stuff a Wild Bikini', was produced by American International Pictures in 1965. The film starred Annette Funicello, Dwayne Hickman, Brian Donlevy, Buster Keaton, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Jody McCrea. Mickey Rooney guest starred. As with many lobby cards, which were displayed in theatre lobbies, a still from the film is the main feature of the design. This image features Mickey Rooney standing on the beach with nine bikini clad young women.
    SignificanceThe lobby card is representative of cinema advertising from the 1950s and 1960s.
    HistoryDuring the 1950s and 1960s Hollywood developed the beach party movie as a genre. Plots usually centered on teenage gangs that lived around beach. The appeal of surfing in popular culture was in part due to the 1957 publication of Frederick Kohner's novel 'Gidget' and subsequent 'Gidget' films and television series.

    American International Pictures, following on from the appeal of 'Gidget', produced the surprise hit 'Beach Party' in 1963, helping to popularise surfing and surf music in films. 'How to Stuff a Wild Bikini' was the sixth in a series of seven beach party films produced by American International Pictures and featured Buster Keaton in one of his final roles. The storylines of each of the seven films usually centred around boyfriend Frankie Avalon and girlfriend Annette Funicello and the adventures they got up to with their friends, both on and off the beach. In 'How to Stuff a Wild Bikini', Annette Funicello played a starring role while Frankie Avalon only made a minor appearance.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: How to stuff a wild bikini; lobby card for American Internation Pictures.

    Web title: 'How to Stuff a Wild Bikini' lobby card

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