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'Beach Blanket Bingo' lobby card

Date: 1965
Dimensions:
Overall: 280 x 356 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Lobby card
Object No: 00008588
Place Manufactured:United States

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    Description
    This cinema lobby card for the film 'Beach Blanket Bingo', was produced by American International Pictures in 1963. The film starred Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Donna Loren, Marta Kristen, Linda Evans, Bobbi Shaw and Jody McCrea and featured cameos by Buster Keaton and Earl Wilson. 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 and Frankie Avalon on the beach with two friends.
    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. 'Beach Blanket Bingo' was the fifth 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.
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    Web title: 'Beach Blanket Bingo' lobby card

    Primary title: Beach Blanket Bingo lobby card

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