Tommy Kirk, who played a Martian in the fourth “Beach” movie (Pajama Party) the same year, not to mention that Mystery Science Theater 3000 favorite, “Village Of The Giants,” was hired by writer/director Larry Buchanan to film this one in Texas.
Four Martians arrive to capture Earth women in order to repopulate Mars. The actors, including Yvonne Craig of Batman, try their sincere best to rise above the silly and distended script. Unreleased until 1968.
"Mars Needs Women" is probably available on video and on DVD from Amazon.com
Odd mixture of sci-fi, comedy, and beach theme has a Martian (Tommy Kirk) guest starring in the 4th Annette Funicello “Beach Party” movie (Frankie Avalon only has a cameo in this one), as an alien arriving to prepare for an invasion but instead getting caught up in an all-night pajama party in-doors.
Buster Keaton (star of the only silent Twilight Zone episode) and Don Rickles (Kelly’s Heroes) also guest star, and Teri Garr (Close Encounters) has a bit role as a dancer buried in sand. Cast also includes Elsa Lanchester (the Bride of Frankenstein herself).
85 minutes, sometimes seen on American Movie Classics or Turner Classic Movies "Pajama Party" is available on video and on DVD from Amazon.com
It's Alive (1968)
Writer/producer/director Larry Buchanan proudly presents this cheap drive-in quickie about a crazy ranch owner who collects reptiles, snakes and other thingies. He's discovered a giant "lizard amphibian," which he keeps in a cave and feeds passersby. A paleontologist (Tommy Kirk of Mars Needs Women and Disney's original version of The Shaggy Dog) and another couple (Shirley Bonne, Billy Thurman) are thrown to the "masasaurus," which appears to be someone in a rubber suit with ping-pong eyes. But if it doesn't impress you, at least check out the bimbo in the yellow miniskirt. No relation to the 1975 Monstervision feature It's Alive! Or 1974's "It's Alive: The Bat People," or 1994's "It's Alive: The True Story Of Frankenstein" (A&E documentary hosted by Roger Moore)
MonsterVision’s Joe Bob Briggs reviews
Back To The Beach
(From Joe Bob's Ultimate B Movie Guide
Horrific beach party movie made 25 years after the original
(yikes!) in which Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello spray-paint their
hairdos, put on three million bucks of pancake makeup, and, most
frightening of all, do the limbo. Frankie and Annette have been married
for 25 years, with Frankie running the largest Ford dealership in Ohio and
Annette mooning around the house all day eating peanut butter. They decide
to go visit their little dimple-face beach-bunny daughter, who's hanging
out on the exact same beach where Annette used to pout a lot and do the
pony and try to manipulate Frankie into marrying her. Annette puts on a
death-by-polka-dots swimsuit with double-projectile ribbed bodice, reggaes
around, and resumes pouting.