Swingin’ ‘60s tunes highlight this fun comedy about Mike Samson (Tommy Kirk), the athletic but arrogant leader of the sand-and-surf set, who resorts to a complicated and unusual scheme in order to woo the girl of his dreams, sophisticated Delilah Dawes (Deborah Walley). When Delilah spurns his passes, Mike invents a shy, intellectual twin brother, Herbert, who’s everything that he isn’t. But can he keep up the charade and his plan from backfiring?
Writer/director Stephanie Rothman was one of the few female filmmakers who specialized in low-budget drive-in exploitation fare in the ‘60s and ’70s. Her movies are distinguished by gutsy, strong-willed and sympathetic women main characters and a radical libertarian feminist point of view. Stephanie was born on November 9, 1936 in Paterson, New Jersey (made famous by Lou Costello, who mentioned it in every one of his movies). She was the first lady to be awarded the Directors Guild of America fellowship. Rothman served as an associate producer on Queen of Blood (1966), Beach Ball (1965) and Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965). She co-wrote and co-directed the fright flick Blood Bath (1966) and made her solo directorial debut with the frothy “Beach Party”-type romp It’s a Bikini World (1967). Stephanie made two features for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures: the excellent The Student Nurses (1970) — which was the first and best of the popular nurse comedy cycle — and the offbeat… read more