Just before filming began, Annette Funicello
was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She was determined not to let it stop her and requested that her husband tell no one on the set.
The beach scenes were filmed at the Boardwalk on Santa Cruz Beach.
The beach scenes were filmed at night at Westward Beach in Malibu. I was an extra in this film just after I graduated from Pepperdine. Everyone on the set who was in the flim industry said this was one of the funnest movies they had ever worked on. The whole cast mixed at meals and were very low key and outgoing. The producer was Frank Mancuso, Jr. who at the time was newly married. Dancing on the picnic table was really the highlight for me. Kind of strange in the middle of the night but it was a blast.
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.