Friday, August 22, 2014

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)

Director: Norman Taurog

Writers: Robert Kaufman, James H. Nicholson, Elwood Ullman, Louis M. Heyward

Composer: Les Baxter

Starring: Vincent Price, Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Susan Hart, Jack Mullaney, Fred Clark, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck

More info: IMDb

Tagline: See Cuddly BIKINI GIRLS Made To Order!

Plot: Dr. Goldfoot has invented an army of bikini-clad robots who are programmed to seek out wealthy men and charm them into signing over their assets. Craig Gamble and Todd Armstrong set out to foil the fiendish plot.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

A dozen years ago I tried to watch this and turned it off after a half hour and moved onto something else.  That's rare for me not to finish a movie but I was watching it with friends and we were all having the same reaction.  It was dumb, unfunny and boring. I watched it last night with another group of friends and on a much bigger screen and something was different. It's still a dumb picture but I found myself laughing every once in a while.  I'm a fan of Price and Hickman (I used to watch DOBIE GILLIS a lot when I was a kid) and Price is hamming it up but this time the hamming adds to the fun.  Only a few of the jokes land well but they are pretty damn funny.  The whole thing is just ridiculous but it's mid-60s goofiness and you probably need to view it in that context to get the most out of it.  I can still understand why I turned it off all those years ago but I have a better appreciation for it now.  That doesn't mean I'll watch it again but, being the Price fan I am, I'll watch the sequel, DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE GIRL BOMBS (1966) for better or worse. 

1 comment:

  1. Wow! The trailer looks great! I don't understand how I could have missed this film, since I'm a big Vincent Price fan. It looks camper than anything else I've seen him in. And there's something about Vincent that's always camp, he's someone I just can't take 100% seriously, however straight he's playing a role. But I mean that as a compliment, of course. This film has shot to the top of my must-watch list!