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'The Beach Girls and the Monster' lobby card

Date: 1965
Dimensions:
Overall: 280 x 355 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Lobby card
Object No: 00008573
Place Manufactured:United States

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    Description
    This cinema lobby card for the film 'The Beach Girls and the Monster', was produced by the U.S. Film Inc in 1965. The film starred Jon Hall, Sue Casey, Arnold Lessing, Elaine DuPont and Walker Edmiston. 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 four young women running along the beach, with a picture of the monster below.
    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.

    'The Beach Girls and the Monster' was a black and white beach party horror film. It was released in September 1965 by U.S. Films Inc and featured a monster, shrouded in seaweed, who started killing kids on Santa Monica beach. Dale Davis, a filmmaker from the 1960s who produced an abundance of surfing films, shot some of the surfing footage for the movie.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: The beach girls and the monster

    Web title: 'The Beach Girls and the Monster' lobby card

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