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Pajama Party (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 11 November 1964 (USA)
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Gogo, a Martian teenager, is sent to Earth to prepare the way for an invasion. The first Earthling he meets, one Aunt Wendy, is a rich widow who runs a dress shop catering to teenagers. Her... See full summary »

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Don Weis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Kirk ... Go Go
Annette Funicello ... Connie
Elsa Lanchester ... Aunt Wendy
Harvey Lembeck ... Eric Von Zipper
Jesse White ... J. Sinister Hulk
Jody McCrea ... Big Lunk
Ben Lessy ... Fleegle
Donna Loren ... Vikki
Susan Hart ... Jilda
Bobbie Shaw Chance ... Helga (as Bobbi Shaw)
Cheryl Sweeten Cheryl Sweeten ... Francine
Luree Holmes Luree Holmes ... Perfume Girl
Candy Johnson ... Candy
The Nooney Rickett Four The Nooney Rickett Four ... Party Band (as The Nooney Rickett 4)
Buster Keaton ... Chief Rotten Eagle
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Storyline

Gogo, a Martian teenager, is sent to Earth to prepare the way for an invasion. The first Earthling he meets, one Aunt Wendy, is a rich widow who runs a dress shop catering to teenagers. Her nephew, Big Lunk, is a volleyball-loving guy with little interest in romance, which causes frustration for his girlfriend Connie. Naturally, Gogo meets Connie and they fall in love. Meanwhile, Aunt Wendy's shady neighbor and his gang concoct a scheme to part Aunt Wendy from her cash. Also meanwhile, the local motorcycle gang wants revenge on the volleyball players for... getting footprints on their beach. Somehow all the subplots come together at the pajama party. Written by George S. Davis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Maid and the Martian See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color (Pathécolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Fleegle: What are we looking for?
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Sexiest of the Series
27 April 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

As Annette Funicello (as Connie) and the "Beach Party" gang strip into their bathing suits for a pool party, outer-worldly Tommy Kirk (as Go Go) dons a movie usher's uniform; then, he is transported to Earth. Mr. Kirk's mission is to prepare Earth for an invasion of Martians. He is sent to dresser Elsa Lanchester (as Aunt Wendy)'s home. Ms. Lanchester thinks young Kirk belongs on the beach. She renames him "George", and sends him out, in tight blue trunks, to have fun in the sun. On the beach, Kirk meets Ms. Funicello, and romance ensues…

Not the best of the run, as it's missing some essentials; but, American International's "Pajama Party" is probably the series' sexiest entry. The cast is more often featured in swimwear than bedclothes, you should note. And, with the exception of Funicello, the cast is in their hottest beach attire. The exceptional Funicello shows off her assets in pink nightwear, during her "Stuffed Animal" song performance; and, she gets a dance number, too.

Probably due to scheduling conflicts, it appears Frankie Avalon's role was moved over to Jody McCrea; and, Mr. Avalon appears in dubbed voice-over and cameo only. At one point, it's suggested that Kirk is borrowing Funicello boyfriend McCrea's clothes, which would have been believable with Avalon, but not the much larger McCrea. Other regulars get more to do, too, like Buster Keaton, Donna Loren, and Mike Nader. The cameos are way cool; like "My name is Dorothy" Kilgallen as a fun motorcycle mama.

While the Frankie/Annette dynamic is missing; Kirk is a worthy substitute, and his meeting Funicello on the beach is a delight. Watch as Kirk explains how well-versed he is on Earth, mentioning, "George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mickey Mantle, Frankie Avalon…" and, he tells Funicello, "You have a well-rounded…" By the film's end, his unfinished phrase can be filled in.

**** Pajama Party (1964) Don Weis ~ Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Buster Keaton


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