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ROBERT MORSE IN 'THE BOATNIKS' WITH STEFANIE POWERS

Opening Credits for THE BOATNIKS Year: 1970 Rating: ***1/2

Like THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG five-years later, Disney juggles two stories in one with wacky villains and a kindhearted underdog in a World War II hero's son taking over a West Coast/Coast Guard headed by strict Don Ameche bossing the short, pudgy, gap-toothed Robert Morse...

Way too quickly hooked up with gorgeous sailing instructor Stefanie Powers, who rents vessels to three bumbling jewel thieves headed by Phil Silvers flanked by a cautious Norman Fell and dimwitted Mickey Shaughnessy...

Phil Silvers, Kelly Thorsden and Robert Morse in THE BOATNIKS

Who take up most of the film, NOT in trying to sail to Mexico but attempting to recover the treasure where they accidentally dropped it in the bay, providing Morse a chance to prove he's isn't a flake, which is strange since, as the film's "jinxed" lead, he's really not all that clumsy or unlucky... 

Meanwhile the best scenes ultimately become the slowest as the crooks keep ahead of their pursuers using a stolen mini submarine in a 100-minute comedy that should've been a sparse 80. But, overall, the most enjoyable aspect is visual as in bikinis and tan shirtless souls on yachts and sailboats under So Cal's groovy 1970's sunshine: A freedom long gone.

Stefanie Powers and Robert Morse in THE BOATNIKS
Uncredited Lynn Borden cameo in THE BOATNIKS
Robert Morse in THE BOATNIKS
Mickey Shaughnessy, Norman Fell and Phil Silvers in THE BOATNIKS
Stefanie Powers and Robert Morse in THE BOATNIKS
The shark in THE BOATNIKS
The shark in THE BOATNIKS
Don Ameche and Robert Morse in THE BOATNIKS
Mickey Shaughnessy, Norman Fell and Phil Silvers in THE BOATNIKS
Midori as a pearl diver in THE BOATNIKS
Midori as a pearl diver in THE BOATNIKS
Stefanie Powers in THE BOATNIKS
Wally Cox in THE BOATNIKS with Judith Jordan
Robert Morse in THE BOATNIKS with Denise Lynn
Stefanie Powers and Don Ameche in THE BOATNIKS
Stefanie Powers and Robert Morse in THE BOATNIKS
Robert Morse as the dancing ghost of Cooper on MAD MEN
Stefanie Powers and Robert Morse in THE BOATNIKS
OPENING CREDITS of THE BOATNIKS
End Credits in THE BOATNIKS
Stefanie Powers and Robert Morse in THE BOATNIKS

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