Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, the film depicted a series of romantic triangles between different groupings of the principal cast and supporting players. By the late 1960s, the popularity of Tony Curtis as a matinee idol was beginning to wane. However, the film was considered topical as during the previous few years films and pop music which related to California beach culture, had proved very popular.
The film was Sharon Tate's third to be produced, but as it was the first to be released in cinemas, it is generally considered to be her debut. MGM mounted an extensive publicity campaign upon its release that was based largely on Tate and her character, Malibu, and life-sized cardboard cutouts of Tate wearing a bikini were placed in cinema foyers throughout the United States. It was also linked to a widespread advertising campaign by Coppertone which also featured Tate, but the film received generally poor reviews and failed to achieve success at the box office.
In recent times it has received more positive comments from reviewers, such as Leonard Maltin who describes it as "a gem", and makes note of the "fine direction and funny performance by Sharon Tate".
The Malibu Barbie doll, first produced in 1973, was based on Tate and her character, Malibu.
|Tony Curtis||Carlo Cofield|
|Claudia Cardinale||Laura Califatti|
|David Draper||Harry Hollard|
|Joanna Barnes||Diane Prescott|
|Robert Webber||Rod Prescott|
|Mort Sahl||Sam Lingonberry|
|Mary Grace Canfield||Seamstress|
|Chester Yorton||Ted Gunder|
|Ann Elder||Millie Gunder|
|Marc London||Fred Barker|
|Paul Barselou||Pilot||as Paul Barselow|
|Gilbert Green||Newspaperman||as Gil Green|
|China Lee||Topless swimmer||uncredited|