Sep 19, 2005
Seaside Swingers (1965)
In this engaging bit of tomfoolery, a bunch of starstruck individuals get jobs at a seaside resort for the summer, with the intent of being "discovered" in the big talent contest. Man, the talent contest must be the most tired device of all of these rock and roll musicals of the past 50 years-- it sure provides a handy excuse for showing a lot of musical acts. Anyway, this ensemble piece is a lot of fun- think of it as an Altman-esque romp back in the swinging 60's. I picked this one up while gathering titles for the rock and roll issue of ESR, because Freddie and the Dreamers are prominently billed, however they're not really integral to the story.