The Beach Girls and the Monster (1964)

USA, 1964
70m
35mm film, black and white, colour
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Jon Hall. It was the only film to be directed by former actor Hall and although mostly in black and white, some prints included surfing footage filmed in colour.

Plot Summary

Scientist Otto is being cuckolded by his wife Vicky and has a son who prefers to party on the beach rather than assist his father’s work. Then a monster – which may or not be what it actually appears to be – appears and starts to attack the partying teens…

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Jon Hall
Copyright 1964 American Academy Productions
Produced by: Edward Janis
Production Manager: Henry Rose
Screenplay by: Joan Gardner [real name: Joan Janis]
Based on an Original Story by: Joan Gardner [real name: Joan Janis]
Additional Dialogue: Robert Silliphant and Don Marquis
Assistant Director: William Larkin
Director of Photography: Jon Hall
Assistant Cameraman: Wayne Mitchell
Surf Films by: Dale Davis
Supervising Editor: Dolf Rudeen
Editor: Radley Metzger *
Music: Frank Sinatra Jr
Music Arranged and Conducted by: Chuck Sagle
Sound: Emery Cohen
Sound Recorded by: Glen Glenn Recording System
Women’s Wardrobe: Bonnie Cole
Make Up: Joan Howard
Hair Stylist: Adelade Halpern
Special Effects: Bob Hansard
Titles by: Cinema Research Corporation
Art Director: Shirley Rose
Statues by: Walker Edmiston

Cast
Jon Hall (Dr Otto Lindsay)
Sue Casey (Jane)
Walker Edmiston (Richard Lindsay)
Elaine Du Pont (Vicky Lindsay)
Arnold Lessing (Mark)
Read Morgan (Sheriff Michaels)
Carolyn Williamson (Sue)
Gloria Neil (Bunny)
Tony Roberts (Brad)
Clyde Adler (Scott)
Dale Davis (Tom)
‘Kingsley the Lion’

Alternative Titles

Invisible Terror
Monster from the Surf
– USA (television)
Surf Terror

References

Periodicals

  • Fangoria no.198 (November 2000) pp.67-70, 82 – interview with Elaine DuPont (The B Girl and the Monsters by Tom Weaver)

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.169
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.299
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.36 – credits, review
  • The Illustrated Dinosaur Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.69 – credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.27 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.45-46