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Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)
Topic Started: Oct 5 2017, 06:16 AM (152 Views)
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Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) Dir. Don Weis
An American-International Picture
83 min. / Color / 2.35:1
On DVD from MGM

As the 1960s rolled along, and keeping in mind that AIP generally thought up the title first, created the merchandising effort, and then made the movie, they had two more teenagers-having-fun movies on their slate, The Girl in the Glass Bikini with Annette & Frankie, and a sequel to Pajama Party ("Pajama Party in a Haunted House") with Tommy Kirk and Deborah Walley. Frankie and Annette opted out, tired of the series, so the film was dropped but when Sam Arkoff and Jim Nicholson saw the completed Pajama Party film, they decided it was lousy, and considering most of the other Beach Party films they had no problem with, one wonders exactly what it was about this one that set them off. In any case, they brought in Boris Karloff and Nicholson's lovely wife, Susan Hart, for a couple of days to film a new framing sequence to "save" the film. Uh-huh. They then retitled it and, well, here we go...

Karloff is recently deceased and his long-dead love, Ms. Hart, the titular ghost in the titular invisible bikini (which leaves her see-through, darn it; were I making this, only the cloth would be invisible, but you knew that already) knocks on his coffin (which has a tarantula in it) and advises him that he must do ONE GOOD DEED before he's allowed to move on to a fun place. After musing over the possibilities, he realizes that his crooked attorney, Basil Rathbone, and his sidekick Jesse White, will steal his fortune before it can be passed on to his relatives and loved ones (including Patsy Kelly, Mr. Kirk, and Ms. Walley). So Boris sends the lovely Ghost to go lead the kids to his fortune. The kids, meanwhile, are partying it up at Karloff's creepy old mansion, and Nancy Sinatra is there to sing, and so is some sort Italian pop star, the Bobby Fuller Four, and a tall redhead who can't sing but who cares just LOOK at her. Oh, and the bad guy team includes Benny Rubin, taking over for the dead Buster Keaton (that's ONE way to get out of your AIP contract) and Erik Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) and his goons.

Yeah, this one stinks and was the last in the series. But even if they'd been trying harder it still would stink. The only good thing about it is that it was filmed on the sets of the Roger Corman Poe series, and so you get to see lovely lasses (and virile men) dance the frug where Vinnie Price tried to drop a pendulum on some dude.

Million-dollar Dialog:
The Rat Pack notices the old people in the cast.
"Who are them three slobs, boss?"
"I dunno, but one of them looks like Sherlock Holmes."

Another Rat Pack bon mot: "When something rottener is invented, Erik Von Zipper will invent it!"

There's also a gorilla roaming about the estate, we don't want to forget THAT.

This is not the Beach Party movie to watch if you're only gonna watch one.
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Frank Hale
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Hey! I've seen this!

One other good thing about it that I can think of is that, if you were taking your girl to the drive-in solely for the purpose of necking, she certainly wouldn't be distracted by anything on the screen.
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The following year, poor Basil was in the cheaper "Hillbillies in a Haunted House". The story is, Mrs. Rathbone loved to give big Hollywood parties and he took every gig he could get to pay the bills.

Keaton is missed. Even in stuff like this you'd see him boldly taking prat falls. In the documentary "Buster Keaton Rides Again", Eleanor Keaton stated that Buster would announce he was retired, then get upset if offers stopped coming in.

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