Dwayne Hickman, Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, and Yvonne Craig. Other studios churned out their own teen-idols-in-Speedos movies, starring Bobby Vinton, Fabian, James Darren, Tab Hunter, and when they ran out of teen idols, Rod Lauren, Frankie Randall, Michael Callan, James Stacy, and Edd "Kookie" Burns.
That is, he refuses to give up his homoerotic buddy-bonding with gay-vague chums.They separate, flirt with others, complain about each other to their friends, snipe at each other at the teen hangout, and walk forlornly on the beach.
Meanwhile a greedy corporation hopes to exploit the teenagers, or else salt-peter their heterosexual passions. Maybe some juvenile delinquents cause trouble. The climax comes in the form of a cartoonish teenagers vs. adults or delinquents brawl or car chase. Frankie and Annette save the day, reconcile without resolving their disagreement, and head for home.
Every now and then Frankie mugs at the camera and asks "Can you believe this?"
Jody McCrea's bulge makes a regular appearance.
John Ashley is dragged along the beach, the camera zooming in to capture the curve of his thighs, the tight muscles of his legs and calves, and even his frontside.
Tommy Kirk (left) wears a purple swimsuit so revealing that one can't imagine how it passed the sensors (not this photo).
In Fireball 500 (1966), which doesn't have a beach scene and only counts as a beach movie because it stars Frankie and Annette, Frankie spends a long scene shirtless, being interrogated by the police in his hotel room. He never thinks to get dressed, though the officers stare at him, and one cheekily inserts his business card under Frankie's pendant, against his bare chest, like someone might insert a card into a woman's bosom.
Too bad the Disney Channel's Teen Beach Movie (2013) doesn't fare as well.
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