You don’t have to wait until dusk to rediscover popular drive-movies from the 1960s. This collection of profiles, interviews, and tributes include the stars you once watched through a windshield: Arlene Charles, Nancy Czar, Gail Gerber, Christopher Riordan, and Irene Tsu talking about Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966), Paradise Hawaiian Style (1966), Clambake (1967), and Double Trouble (1967) with Elvis Presley; Bobbi Shaw and Steven Rogers talking Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) and other beach party movies; Jan Watson and Diane Bond talking spy spoofs; Nicoletta Machiavelli talking spaghetti Westerns; Mimsy Farmer and Maggie Thrett talking alienated youth movies, such as Riot on Sunset Strip (1967), Devil’s Angels (1967), Hot Rods to Hell (1967), and The Wild Racers (1968); and Valerie Starrett talking biker films.
Shove your seat back for extra leg room, grab some popcorn, and cruise with author Tom Lisanti back to the decade when carloads of kids let the stars be their theater.
"In their heyday, drive-in movie theaters were considered entertainment venues for mostly less-discriminating filmgoers, and the movies they showed supposedly reflected that. Film historian Lisanti (Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema) highlights some of the films and actors who appeared in what he considers to have been typical drive-in fare. Among such were the so-called beach movies, spaghetti Westerns, and the youth-oriented “B” films prevalent in the 1950s and a decade or so afterward. He has interviewed several actors who appeared in those types of movies, most of whom left little or no mark on Hollywood. They include Mimsy Farmer, Arlene Charles, Diane Bond, Steven Rogers, and Jan Watson, who reminisce about their experiences with directors, costars, and working conditions. The author also provides background information about many of the films. Obviously, what constituted a drive-in movie is very much a subjective choice on the author’s part, and some readers may disagree on what is included. VERDICT With this book, there is some fun in reading about long-forgotten performers and films. The rubric of drive-in movies is seemingly a convenient way of gathering all this together. Recommended for film lovers everywhere."
- Library Journal
"Beachgoers, bikers, spies, druggies, musicians, and society’s shifting sexual mores were some of the more popular elements of 1960s drive-in theater fare, and this wonderfully eclectic, 314-page paperback contains interviews with the sexy actresses (as well as a couple actors) who made these films so damned memorable. Then it’s all tied together by author Tom Lisanti’s thoroughly-researched writing and obvious appreciation of that distinctive cinematic era. Following a lengthy chapter about Elvis Presley’s film career (in particular, his flaccid, mid-‘60s MGM musical comedies), along with comments from co-stars like Shelley Fabares, Gail Gerber, and Nancy Czar, there are career profiles and lively conversations with Bobbi Shaw (Pajama Party), Arlene Charles (Dr. Goldfood and the Bikini Machine), Diane Bond (In Like Flint), Jan Watson (a repeat “Slaygirl” in Dean Martin’s Matt Helm films), spaghetti Western alumnus Nicoletta Machiavelli (Navajo Joe), as well as one of my personal drive-in favorites, Mimsy Farmer (Riot on Sunset Strip). "
- Shock Cinema