Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine | 1965
90 min. | color | AIP | released: november 6, 1965
Mad scientist, Dr. Goldfoot (Vincent Price), uses the secret laboratory underneath his funeral home to create bikini-clad robots. Aided by his bumbling sidekick, Igor (Jack Mullaney), Goldfoot then uses the robots to seduce unsuspecting millionaires so he can gain control of their wealth. Beautiful Susan Hart plays (Robot) Number 11, who is created specifically to marry wealthy bachelor, Todd Armstrong (Dwayne Hickman). When Number 11 mistakes Secret Agent, Craig Gamble (Frankie Avalon), for Armstrong, she attracts the attention of Secret Intelligence Command (SIC), the spy agency Gamble works for. Armstrong and Gamble team up to take down Goldfoot but walk right into a trap. Price gets to reprise his role in “The Pit and the Pendulum” before Armstrong and Gamble escape which leads to a chase through the streets of San Francisco.
“Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine” is dumb fun that remains one of the better AIP beach party offshoots. The sequel, on the other hand, is so bad you’ll need a shower afterward.
Followed by “Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs”
Also along for the ride are:
- Fred Clark, plays Donald Pevney, Gamble’s boss and Uncle.
- Watch for cameos by Deborah Walley, Aron Kincaid, Harvey Lembeck and even Annette Funicello.
- Patti Chandler, Salli Sachse, Mary Hughes, Luree Holmes, Sue Hamilton, Laura Nicholson, Marianne Gaba, Deanna Lund, and Pamela Rodgers all play robots.
- Alberta Nelson has a quick scene as bikini machine reject Number 12.
- The Supremes sing the terrific theme song.
- If you blink you might miss it, but when Susan Hart is examining her flat tire (about 13 minutes in) look at the marquee on the movie theater, it reads “Girl in the Glass Bikini” which was the original title of “Ghost in the Invisible Bikini”
- Watch it on Hulu