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MARY MITCHEL & RAQUEL WELCH DIGGING 'A SWINGIN' SUMMER'

Raquel Welch in A Swingin' Summer 1965 Rates: ***1/2

This forgotten, parenthetical beach bikini movie actually takes place on a lake... Arrowhead, to be exact... where two guys and a girl run an abandoned low-rent dance-festival...

Which is pretty easy given that pretty redhead Quinn O'Hara has her rich father secretly funding the operation... A secret since her great-looking boyfriend William Wellman Jr. has too much pride to want/need anyone's help...

Well that's the plot, with hardly any urgency except a quick breakup as a local jerk eyes the girl while a sexy scheming cougar nabs the guy — plus there's a water-skiing bully and a few 11th hour thugs... 

But with girl-next-door b-starlet Mary Mitchel as O'Hara's flirtatious, junk-food consuming friend and future iconic bombshell Raquel Welch initially wearing geeky glasses, progressively revealing her perfect body while (for reasons unexplained) jotting notes about the main character's affably attractive sidekick James Stacy, A SWINGIN' SUMMER is more about the good times than those attempting to ruin them... A fairly decent time-filler balanced between the glossy Frankie/Annette flicks and that, despite the misleading title, came out right before hippies were too damn hip for this kind of lightweight, old fashioned (even then) entertainment.

William Wellman Jr. and Quinn O'Hara in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
Mary Mitchel and Quinn O'Hara in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
James Stacy in A SWINGIN' SUMMER with polka dot hottie DIANE BOND
William Wellman Jr. and James Stacy in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
Raquel Welch in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
Raquel Welch in A SWINGIN' SUMMER with James Stacy
Raquel Welch in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
Beautiful older woman Lili Kardell snags Wellman in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
Mary Mitchel and Lili Kardell in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
Raquel Welch in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
Raquel Welch in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
Raquel Welch in A SWINGIN' SUMMER

William Wellman Jr. and Quinn O'Hara in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
James Stacy and Raquel Welch in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
Raquel Welch in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
James Stacy and cameo by Gypsy Boots in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
James Stacy and Mary Mitchel in A SWINGIN' SUMMER
Tho not a couple James Stacy & Mary Mitchel got the A SWINGIN' SUMMER poster art

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