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Frankie Avalon

Philadelphia pop singer whose career began with small parts in films such as “Guns Of The Timberland” (1959), “The Alamo” (1960), “Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea” (1961) & “Drums Of Africa” (1963) before hitting box office gold with the popular “Beach Party” film series that co-starred Disney’s Annette Funicello. In the 1980’s Frankie & Annette got together again to star in the big budget “Beach Party” spoof “Back To The Beach” (1987).

Fact File

Birth Name: Francis Thomas Avallone

Date Of Birth: 18th September 1939

Place Of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Spouse: Kay Diebel (1962 - Present)

Eight Children: Frankie Jr, Tony, Dina, Laura, Joseph, Nicolas, Kathryn & Carla

Debut Film: “Guns Of The Timberland” (1959)

Signature Film Series:
The “Beach Party” films of the 1960’s.

Famous Cameo: Teen Angel in “Grease” (1978)

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Frankie Avalon’s
“Beach Party” Movies

Beach Party [DVD](1963) DVD
The first entry in AIP's beach comedy series stars Bob Cummings as an anthropologist studying teenage mating habits who picks Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello as his subjects. With Morey Amsterdam, Dorothy Malone, Dick Dale and The Del-Tones, and Harvey Lembeck as Eric Von Zipper. 98 min. Widescreen (Enhanced) and Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer; scene access.

Muscle Beach Party (1964)/Ski Party [DVD](1965) DVD
Surf's up! Frankie and Annette sure have their hands full in this one, what with gym owner Don Rickles and his musclemen trying to take over the beach, lovesick heiress Luciana Paluzzi trying to snare Frankie, and Little Stevie Wonder stopping by to perform "Happy Street." With Morey Amsterdam, Buddy Hackett. Next up, Frankie trades in his spoon for some slats and hits the slopes with Dwayne Hickman to find out why their gals are swooning over ski bum Aron Kincaid...with the guys resorting to dressing up as girls! Songs include "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown, "Lots, Lots More" and "Ski Party." With Deborah Walley, Yvonne Craig, Lesley Gore. 186 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Bikini Beach [DVD](1964) DVD
When a wealthy newspaperman wants to turn the local beach into a senior citizen's home, everyone's at arms. What's Annette gonna do--not just about this situation, but about choosing between a British pop star and her jealous boyfriend (Frankie Avalon in two parts)? Don Rickles, Little Stevie Wonder, The Pyramids, Harvey Lembeck and Keenan Wynn star. 100 min. Widescreen and Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer; scene access.

 

Pajama Party [DVD](1964) DVD
Whacked-out AIP entry finds Martian Tommy Kirk landing on Earth to scope it out for a future invasion and finding romance with curvaceous Annette Funicello, much to the dismay of boyfriend Jody McCrea. Mix in Harvey Lembeck's Eric Von Zipper, a couple of crooks, Buster Keaton as Chief Rotten Eagle, Dorothy Lamour, and a pajama party thrown by Annette's aunt Elsa Lanchester, and you have a beach party classic minus the sand. Widescreen (Enhanced) and Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer; scene access.

Beach Blanket Bingo [DVD](1965) DVD
The "Beach Party" gang is back again for laughs, rock and roll, surfing and those sexy two-piece bathing suits. The plot, such as it is, involves a missing singing star, a mermaid, and Eric Von Zipper's gang. With Frankie, Annette, Harvey Lembeck, Linda Evans, Paul Lynde, Don Rickles. 98 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer.

How To Stuff A Wild Bikini [DVD](1965) DVD
Fearful that buddy Dwayne Hickman will hit on Annette Funicello while he's on Naval Reserve duty, Frankie Avalon gets witch doctor Buster Keaton to send a magical bikini (stuffed with beautiful Beverly Adams) to woo away Hickman. And that's just the start of the hi-jinks in this bouncy beach comedy that also stars Mickey Rooney, The Kingsmen ("Louie Louie"), and Harvey Lembeck; look for Brian Wilson as a (what else?) "beach boy." 93 min. Widescreen and Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; theatrical trailer.

Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine [DVD](1965) DVD
Mad scientist Vincent Price has constructed an army of beautiful bikini-clad robots as part of his scheme to control the world's richest men, and only bumbling secret agents Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman can stop him in this wild sci-fi spy spoof. With a cameo by Annette Funicello and a title song by The Supremes. 89 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Spanish Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailer.

Back To The Beach(1987) VHS
Your favorite seaside sweethearts, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, return to the sunny shores of California in this winning spoof of their '60s beach movies. Now married, Frankie and Annette visit the old haunts with their kids and wind up singing, surfing, fighting and making up--just like in the old days. With Lori Loughlin, Connie Stevens and lots of cameos. 92 min.

 

Other Frankie Avalon Movies on DVD & VHS

Jamboree(1957) VHS
"Boy pop singer meets girl pop singer" is the basic plot for this early rock 'n' roll musical, but the main reasons to watch are vintage performances by Fats Domino ("Wait and See"), Jerry Lee Lewis ("Great Balls of Fire"), Carl Perkins ("Glad All Over"), Philly's own Charlie Gracie and even Count Basie and Slim Whitman! Bob Pastine and Kay Medford (whose singing voice was dubbed by Connie Francis) star. Look out for Frankie Avalon in a small part as himself AKA: "Disc Jockey Jamboree." 86 min.

The Alamo [DVD](1960) DVD
Rousing battle scenes and some larger-than-life heroes highlight director/star John Wayne's thrilling salute to Texas' battle for independence from Mexico and the fateful last stand at the Alamo. Wayne plays Davy Crockett, with Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie, Laurence Harvey as William Travis, and Richard Boone as Sam Houston. 162 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English 5.1 Surround, French stereo, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; "making of" documentary; theatrical trailer; scene access.

Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea(1961) VHS
When the Earth is endangered by radiation from outer space, the super-submarine Seaview must undertake a dangerous mission to save it. Exciting futuristic adventure stars Walter Pidgeon, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre and Frankie Avalon. 105 min.

The Castilian(1963) VHS
Set in 10th-century Spain, this enthralling costume saga centers on a nobleman who leads his followers against an evil king and the Moors who occupy his homeland, with help from the king's beautiful daughter. Colorful spectacle stars Spartaco Santoni, Cesar Romero, Broderick Crawford, Fernando Rey and Frankie Avalon. 129 min.

I'll Take Sweden(1965) VHS
Overprotective dad Bob Hope gets transferred to Sweden in order to stop the romance between daughter Tuesday Weld and rock-and-roller Frankie Avalon. But soon she's romanced by a suave playboy, so Bob invites Frankie overseas to stop the liaison. Lively, music-filled comedy co-stars Dina Merrill, Jeremy Slate and The Vulcanes. 96 min. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

Grease [DVD](1978) DVD
Get out your poodle skirts and penny loafers and get ready to rock-and-roll with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the hit screen rendition of the Broadway musical look at '50s high school life. Songs include "Greased Lightning," "Summer Nights," "You're the One That I Want" and the title track; with Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, Eve Arden. Remastered anniversary edition also includes new interview footage with the cast and director Randal Kleiser. Look out for Frankie Avalon as Teen Angel. 110 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround, French Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish; theatrical trailer; interviews.

Troop Beverly Hills [DVD](1989) DVD
New den mother Shelley Long pampers her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop with shopping trips and expeditions in the L.A. lifestyle in this outrageous comedy. With Betty Thomas, Craig T. Nelson. With a cameo appearance by Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello. 105 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, French; theatrical trailers.

 

Frankie Avalon Hosts & Sings on TV’s “Hullabaloo”

Hullabaloo, Vol. 1 VHS
Paul Anka guests and sings "What Now My Love," along with The Cyrkle ("Red Rubber Ball"), Lesley Gore ("Young Love"), and Peter and Gordon ("Wrong From the Start"). Then, The Yardbirds ("I'm a Man"), The Hollies ("Look Through Any Window"), and Nancy Sinatra ("So Long Babe") join host Frankie Avalon, who chimes in with "Do I Hear a Waltz?"

Hullabaloo, Vol. 5 VHS
Drive-in faves Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello are co-hosts for this episode, singing "All I Need Now Is the Girl," "Chim Chim Cheree" and more, plus guest artists The Kinks ("You Really Got Me"), Dobie Gray ("The In Crowd"), Freddie & The Dreamers ("I'm Telling You Now"), The Brothers Four ("Rock Island Line") and others.

Hullabaloo, Vol. 9 VHS
Teen idol Frankie Avalon hosts this one-hour episode and also sings "Once in a Lifetime." Joining him are Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs ("Wooly Bully"), The Supremes ("Back in My Arms Again," "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You"), The Byrds ("Mr. Tambourine Man," "Feel a Whole Lot Better") and others. There's also a Lennon/McCartney medley by Frankie, Barbara McNair and Joannie Summers.

 

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Frankie Avalon Movies at Hollywood Teen Movies

The following Frankie Avalon movies are featured at Hollywood Teen Movies
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Beach Party (1963)
Muscle Beach Party (1964)
Bikini Beach (1964)
Pajama Party (1964)
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965)
Dr. GoldFoot And The Bikini Machine (1965)
Fireball 500 (1966)
Grease (1978)
Back To The Beach (1987)

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