Monday, April 1, 2013

The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini (1966)

Starring Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Susan Hart, Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley
Directed by Don Weis
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

The ghostly lover of a recently deceased millionaire helps him perform a good deed to get into heaven by keeping his greedy lawyer from disposing of the rightful heirs to his fortune.

Another in American International Pictures' "Beach Party" series of movies, this one has the requisite partying teenagers and musical numbers but sends the teens onto the studio's horror sets as Rathbone and his cohorts try to eliminate the heirs among the group.  AIP gets mileage from a number of their properties, mixing together "Beach Party" regulars such as Kirk, Hart, Harvey Lembeck, and Jesse White, along with horror stars Karloff and Rathbone, and even pulls out a costume from The Eye Creatures. But without "Beach Party" stars Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, there's no singing star with multiple songs, despite the presence of Nancy Sinatra, even though she's ballyhooed in the film's trailer.  This all adds up to a bit of a mess, and a waste of Karloff and Rathbone's talents, but it's an entertaining mess nonetheless.

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