Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello reprised their roles from the 1963 "Beach Party" for two more beach movies in 1964. Still no Beach Boys or Jan & Dean, (but they did have Stevie Wonder ... ???) As director William Asher pointed out, "there's lots of flesh but no sex. It's all good clean fun. No hearts are broken and virginity prevails."
"A Hard Day's Night" was a vehicle to cash in on the popularity of The Beatles. But the film was actually well received by critics.

Rock Hudson & Paula Prentiss teamed up for "Man's Favorite Sport," -- a remake of the Cary Grant/Katherine Hepburn "Bringing Up Baby" (1938)
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Going to the movies was a big part of teen life during the junior year of the class of ’65.  A date usually meant a movie.  And if there wasn’t a date, there was always trying to sneak extra passengers into the drive-in – a necessary sin when considering the $1 price of a movie ticket.  For one of the biggest movies of the year, a drive to Omaha was the best option to view “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” on the big screen at Indian Hills, a theater designed for Cinerama movies.  The Cinerama production technique and the curved screen at Indian Hills gave an almost 3-D feeling to the movie and especially enhanced the chase scenes in “Mad … World.”   The movie starred Spencer Tracy, but featured an ensemble cast that included:  Edie Adams, Milton Berle, Sid Caeser, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas and Johathan Winters.  While “Mad … World” might have appealed a little more to the child still in us, “The Carpetbaggers” made us feel more adult.  Based on the Harold Robbins novel, the movie stars George Peppard as Jonas Cord (a Howard Hughes like character).  Like the novel, the movie was quite “steamy” and some critics called it “an upscale dirty movie” – words guaranteed to get the attention of a teenager.  And then, of course, there was the ribald romp that was “Tom Jones.”  The title character, played by Albert Finney, jumps from one sexual encounter to another – again, something bound to get the attention of teenagers.  Another major movie that would attract teenage attention was “The Pink Panther” – the first in the series of films which would star Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau.  The film debuted in March and did quite well, but its sequel, “A Shot in the Dark” which came out in June, actually scored better at the box office.  The light hearted comedy of “The Pink Panther” was offset by the darker side of “Dr. Strangelove” which also starred Peter Sellers.  A Stanley Kubrick production, “Dr. Strangelove” is a satire of cold war politics and the potential for nuclear confrontation.  The film features Sellers in multiple roles and George C. Scott as General Buck Turgidson.  If “Dr. Strangelove” was a little too intense, there was plenty of teen fare.  Elvis Presley gave us three movies:  “Kissin’ Cousins,” “Fun in Acapulco,” and “Viva Las Vegas.”  We could relive “Beach Party” with its two sequels, “Muscle Beach Party” and “Bikini Beach.”  And, of course at the end of the summer, there was the first Beatles movie, “A Hard Days Night.”  It gave us a chance to see the boys on the big screen.  It kept the music playing that had us celebrating being young and free in America.  We still had that shout out refrain ….  “yeah, yeah, yeah.”
Top Box Office Movies of
'63 - '64
# Title Gross *
1 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
$46,332
2 Tom Jones
$37,600
3 The Carpetbaggers
$28,409
4 From Russia with Love
$24,796
5 The Sword in the Stone
$22,182
6 The V.I.P.s
$15,000
7 A Shot in the Dark
$12,368
8 A Hard Day's Night
$12,299
9 The Night of the Iguana
$12,000
10 What a Way to Go!
$11,180
11 The Unsinkable Molly Brown
$11,070
12 The Pink Panther
$10,878
13 Viva Las Vegas
$9,442
14 Dr. Strangelove
$9,440
15 Becket
$9,164,
16 Good Neighbor Sam
$9,072
17 Marnie
$7,000
18 Man's Favorite Sport?
$6,000
19 Lilies of the Field
$6,000
20 Promises, Promises
$3,775
* in thousands
"Viva Las Vegas" was one of Elvis Presley's better pictures. Elvis plays a race car driver (Lucky Jackson) who hooks up with a hotel swimming instructor, Rusty Martin (Ann Margaret). Rumor was that Elvis and Ann-Margaret really did "hook up."
Alfred Hitchcock chose Tippi Hedren to star in "Marnie" after working with her on "The Birds." Sean Connery was anxious to work with Hitchcock and wanted to do something "non Bond."