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Ride the Wild Surf (1964)

TV-G | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 5 August 1964 (USA)
A group of friends go to Hawaii in order to practice surfing, their favorite sport. But this is not all they do there - they also find love...


Don Taylor, Phil Karlson (uncredited)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabian ... Jody Wallis
Shelley Fabares ... Brie Matthews
Peter Brown ... Chase Colton
Barbara Eden ... Augie Poole
Tab Hunter ... Ralph 'Steamer' Lane
Susan Hart ... Lily Kilua
James Mitchum ... Eskimo
John Anthony Hayes ... Frank Decker (as Anthony Hayes)
Roger Davis ... Charlie
Catherine McLeod ... Mrs. Kilua
Murray Rose Murray Rose ... Swag
Robert Kenneally Robert Kenneally ... Russ Fulton
David Cadiente David Cadiente ... Ally Maloha
Mark LeBuse Mark LeBuse ... Phil (as Alan LeBuse)
Paul Tremaine Paul Tremaine ... Vic
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A group of friends go to Hawaii in order to practice surfing, their favorite sport. But this is not all they do there - they also find love... Written by Volker Boehm

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RIDE THE WILD SURF IN HAWAII!...with the world's "wild water" champs...who ride and romance Waimea Bay...the Big Surf Daddy of them all! See more »


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Did You Know?


The first feature film directed by TV-veteran Don Taylor. When his mother died during filming, Columbia brought in Phil Karlson to direct a few scenes (uncredited) in Taylor's absence. According to Tab Hunter's autobiography, Karlson directed the scene in which Hunter assures his future mother-in-law that he's not a beach bum but rather a hard-working citizen. Producer Art Napoleon also directed some scenes uncredited. See more »


Continuity issues are always a problem for 1960s Surf movies, and this one starts off with no exception. In the first surf scene everyone is on 4 ft waves, then suddenly on 6 ft waves, and finally when the boys are ready to leave the beach the waves everyone is riding are 8 footers. Then as the boys show their expertise, they are back on 4 footers again and someone in the crowd even comments that one of the boys is an expert small wave rider from California. See more »


Brie Matthews: [to Jody Wallis] You're a funny boy. One minute you're shooting harpoons at someone and the next, you're very nice.
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Crazy Credits

Use of Kawela Bay and Kahuku for photography through the courtesy of The Estate of James Campbell. See more »


Referenced in Liquid Stage: The Lure of Surfing (1996) See more »


Ride the Wild Surf
by Jan Berry, Brian Wilson and Roger Christian
Sung by Jan & Dean (as Jan and Dean)
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Different from the Frankie and Annette shenanigans
31 January 2002 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

The opening scenes of this beach & surf film seem like the prototype for early 1980's gay porn! Three cute guys looking at the ocean while cheap music plays and then deciding to get in the car together to change into their swimsuits. Only this movie steers clear of any sordidness and the guys actually get out of the car and catch a wave! Where was Jerry's "Springer-Break" when ya needed it?! Everything is swell as the three pieces of meat (Porterhouse Hunter with his seasoned body, Sirloin Strip Brown with his lean, low-fat cut and Ribeye Fabian with his adorable baby fat cheeks--both sets!) paddle out to the ocean amidst a bevy of tan surfer boys. Unfortunately, it isn't long before some pesky girls enter the picture and spoil all the fun. The film's main goal (aside from attempting to add a little seriousness and reality to the beach movie genre) seems to be to switch everyone from their previously established hair color! Tab's hair is light brown instead of blonde, Fabares' is platinum blonde instead of brown (she is half-Scandinavian in the flick so she has to be an almost albino blonde?!), Eden ("Jeannie" for cryin' out loud) is a dark auburn and Brown lightens his natural brown hair and winds up with a shocking. brassy, golden-yellow 'do. Bizarre! (It has since been revealed by Hunter that the guys' hair was changed to match their stunt doubles' hues.) Surprisingly, the surfing footage is pretty decent--especially for it's time. The horror is that interspersed with some great footage featuring stunt doubles, there are rear-projection shots of the leads standing in a studio with water splashed on them as they're teetering back and forth!! Sometimes they actually carry on conversations while "riding" the wild surf! Hilarious! It is interesting to note that the trio of surfer dudes are presented as peers of college age. In truth, one was 21, but the other two were 29 and 33 (!) years old! But they all look pretty darn cute in their suits and with their now-politically incorrect tans. Fabares unexpectedly resembles Sandra Dee very much with her new hair and even sounds like her several times. Look for her first scene in which her headlights are on......HIGH BEAMS! Also on board is Robert Mitchum's son Jim who resembles his father so much it almost seems like Bob popped in for a cameo! It's a pleasant, occasionally interesting, always attractive film which depicts a time that is gone forever. Check it out!

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Release Date:

5 August 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Surfen auf Leben und Tod See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jana Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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