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Beach Blanket Bingo is a 1965 film starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, the fifth film in AIP's Beach Party movie series of the 1960s. The film's title has been spoofed by the Muppets on a few occasions, which have actually been broader parodies of the beach movies as a whole.


  • The Elmo's World episode "the Beach" features an animated spoof of the "Beach Party" movies with "Beach Blanket Boogie", starring Crabette Funicello and Crabby Avalon.


Several people with Muppet/Henson connections were involved in the beach movie series.

  • Buddy Hackett played the Rich Business Manager in Muscle Beach Party (1964)
  • Paul Lynde played Bullets in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
  • Vincent Price played Big Daddy in Beach Party (1963)
  • Don Rickles played Jack Fanny in Muscle Beach Party (1964), Big Drag in Bikini Beach (1964), and Big Drop in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
  • Mickey Rooney played Peachy Keane in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)
  • Nancy Sinatra played Vicki in The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)
  • Stevie Wonder played himself in Muscle Beach Party (1964) and Bikini Beach (1964)
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