Written by: Carroll Jenkins on June 19th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1969
Director: Gene McCabe
Writer: Stanley Ralph Ross
Cast: Claude Codgen, Jerry Dexter, Bonnie Hill, Andrea Kermot, Deborah Lee, Mary Lou McGinnis, Bob Purvey
DVD released: June 29th, 2010
Approximate running time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Synopsis: A trio of surfers (two dudes and a babe) hang ten on the waves at beaches around the world. They bring good will, surf corp stickers, and wipeouts everywhere they go.
This is a feature length home movie of three people surfing. They travel to Portugal, Morocco, Ceylon, India, Hong Kong, Japan and Hawaii. Dino, Desi, and Billy provide the sunshine pop theme song, “Spray Colored Glasses”.
Everything but the kitchen cinq is used to keep this thing afloat: good photography, smart editing, a reasonably interesting monologue, good instrumental accompaniment. There are lots of camera angles, undercranking, zooms, surf-board-cam, you name it – it’s here. Some of the humor comes from the situations; the 1.5 foot waves at Big Wave Bay in Hong Kong, surfing in a tidal wave pool in Tokyo (they had to ask about 500 swimmers to vacate). Some antics seemingly inspired by The Monkees show (pratfalls, steam roller meets banana bike), and just to round it out, they go sidewalk surfin’ as well (that means skateboards).
There is lots of travelogue footage, the three leads interacting with the locals, handing out surf corps stickers, and traveling via plane, mini car, boat, camel, elephants, and oxen cart. They see snake charmers, Chinese gardens, ancient temples. All this to break up what is essentially scene after scene of surfing. Big waves, little waves, indoor waves, blue waves, muddy waves, erratic waves, cold waves, warm waves, riding behind a speed boat waves, etc. The climatic ending features monster waves and spectacular wipeouts.
This was professionally filmed, definitely not a do-it-yourself super 8 project, and the widescreen presentation looks very good. No subtitles or captions and the only extra is a trailer which features most of the beach bunnies they managed to shoe horn in there.
Stay tuned next week for more of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Surfdom.
Note: check disk came with no printed materials or packaging.