California Tiki: Beach Party Was a Secret Subversive Tract

Posted by June 7, 2018 Comment

This week we introduce a new podcast on America’s fascination with Tiki, that odd culture that made everyone suddenly put on Hawaiian shirts and start downing rum drinks.

Tiki Culture was everywhere from the ’40s to the ’70s, and the reasons why are surprising, often involving exorcising America’s wartime demons. We start out with a look at Beach Party, the 1963 film that kicked off the beach movie trend and also introduced the pairing of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. But at the center of the film is Robert Cummings, who plays a scientist yearning for a simpler life — a key element of Tiki.

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The Team: Jason Henderson, one of the writers for Bungie’s Destiny 2 and creator of the HarperTeen novel series Alex Van Helsing, and Adam Foshko, Director of Story Development for Activision’s Call of Duty, Skylanders and Destiny franchises, Including Story consultant on Destiny 2.

(Last Updated June 7, 2018 12:12 pm )

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