Call it a bash! Call it a ball! Call it a blast! Call it beach blanket horror!
Young surfers are being brutally murdered on the beaches of southern California. Is the culprit a sea monster or just one of the teens’ jealous parents?
“Beach Girls” (1965) is directed by Jon Hall, who also stars as noted oceanographer and chief crime solver Dr. Otto Lindsay. Despite the fact that “Beach Girls” was his last role in film or TV, Hall had a fairly successful career that spanned four decades. He starred opposite Dorothy Lamour in “The Hurricane” (‘37), played the title role in “Kit Carson” (‘40), Ali Baba in “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” (‘44), and Robin Hood in “The Prince of Thieves” (1948). He even starred in the television series “Ramar of the Jungle” (52 episodes, 1952–54) as Dr. Tom “Ramar” Reynolds, a Missionaries’ kid who returns to the jungle to treat natives and mistreat bad guys. Hall has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for his work in movies and one for television.
When the slaughter begins, Dr. Lindsay bizzarely concludes that the culprit is a baracuda  that has mutated into a a huge murderous amphibian.
Living with Dr. Lindsay and his second wife are son Richard and a sculptor played by Walker Edmiston. The talented Mr. Edmiston hosted a children’s television program, “The Walker Edmiston Show,” during the 1950s and early ‘60s that featured puppets of his own creation including ‘Kingsley the Lion,’ who actually has a credited role in “Beach Girls.” (This was Kingsley’s only appearance on the big screen.) Like Hall, Edmiston had an impressive and extensive career, with numerous guest spots on TV shows ranging from “Get Smart” to “The Dukes of Hazzard,” as well as a recurring role as the token benevolent and intelligent Sleestak Enik on “Land of the Lost.” But his forte was giving voice to a wide array of characters including Dr. Blinkey and Orson the Vulture on “H.R. Puffnstuf,” Ernie the Keebler Elf in countless TV commercials, and various primates on all five “Planet of the Apes” pictures (he’s the voice of the talking baby chimp in “Escape from the Planet of the Apes”).
The “Beach Girls” soundtrack is a keeper, featuring musicians from the surf band The Hustlers (who are known for their songs “Kopout,” “Inertia” and “Wailin’ Out”). The movie’s theme song, “Dance Baby Dance,” was even co-written by Frank Sinatra Jr.
The Museum stays open from 5 to 9 pm on the First Friday of every month, inviting visitors to sit still for a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie, wander through eye-catching exhibits, enjoy snacks and beverages from the Acro Café, and groove to a special surf set from The Twin Fins. Or visit the Museum’s newest special exhibit, “Our Expanding Oceans ,” which features dozens of hand-dyed silk batiks from Mary Edna Fraser that illustrate major elements of global climate change, from melting ice sheets to rising seas (5–7pm, free). Additionally, the Museum Store offers after-hours shopping and an opening reception (6:30–8:30pm) for artist Matt Zigler, whose show “Pigeons: Portrait and Narrative Paintings,” will be on display August 5–28 in the Nature Art Gallery. All exhibited art is for sale.