EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|PAJAMA PARTY (director: Don Weis; screenwriter: Louis M. Heyward; cinematographer: Floyd Crosby; editor: Fred Feitshans/Eve Newman; music: Floyd Crosby; cast: Tommy Kirk (Go-Go aka George), Annette Funicello (Connie), Elsa Lanchester (Aunt Wendy), Harvey Lembeck (Eric Von Zipper), Jesse White (J. Sinister Hulk), Jody McCrea (Big Lunk), Buster Keaton (Chief Rotten Eagle), Dorothy Lamour (Head Saleslady), Bobbi Shaw (Helga), Don Rickles (Big Bang, The Martian), Frankie Avalon (Socum); Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Samuel Z. Arkoff/James H. Nicholson; MGM; 1964)|
the kind of
comedy where the less brains you have the better
chance you have for
what this film is all about."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
An AIP cheapie produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson. They're the same crass people who launched the formulaic beach party movies for teens, and Pajama Party is the follow-up to Bikini Beach. It stars two Disney Mouseketeer alums Annette Funicello and Tommy Kirk. Hack TV director and filmmaker Don Weis ("I Love Melvin"/"The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini"/"The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis") and writer Louis M. Heyward keep the beach frolics going for the fun-loving teens and show off the gals dancing in their bikinis. Frankie Avalon and Don Rickles have cameos; while Buster Keaton and Dorothy Lamour are not as lucky, as they have bigger supporting parts that do not help their declining careers by appearing in this bomb. It's the kind of wacky teen comedy where the less brains you have the better chance you have for getting what this film is all about.
A Martian invasion of Earth is planned and the
Go-Go (Tommy Kirk) as the advance man for the invasion
because he's the
stupidest Martian recruit and therefore he won't be
able to tell the
people anything about his home planet or the invasion
if he gets
Go-Go lands dressed in an usher's uniform in the
garden of Aunt Wendy
Lanchester), who inherited a fortune from her late
hubby and runs a
clothes store for teens. Go-Go befriends the daffy
Aunt Wendy and meets
Big Lunk (Jody McCrea), her muscular nephew, and his
(Annette Funicello). Gossip has it that Aunt Wendy is
hiding a fortune
somewhere in her house, and
REVIEWED ON 5/8/2008 GRADE: D
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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