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'Bikini Beach' lobby card

Date: 1964
Overall: 280 x 356 mm
Display Dimensions: 280 x 356 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Lobby card
Object No: 00008577
Place Manufactured:United States

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    This cinema lobby card for the film 'Bikini Beach', was produced by American International Pictures in 1964. The film starred Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Martha Hyer, Harvey Lembeck, Don Rickles, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Candy Johnson, Little Stevie Wonder, The Pyramids. Keenan Wynn starred as the special guest. 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 Annette Funicello in the middle of the dance floor at a party.
    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. 'Bikini Beach' was the third in a series of seven beach party films produced by American International Pictures. 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.
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    Web title: 'Bikini Beach' lobby card

    Primary title: 'Bikini Beach' lobby card for American International Pictures Film. Staring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

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