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The Boatniks (1970). "oh oh oh"

Join us for this week's episode "The Boatniks". We talk '70's SoCal, the return of the Skrinks, stuffing jewels in your bologna, boat chicks, the difficulties of a strong paternal legacy and why you never should be in the same place as your boss when you are off work. Does this movie have us gleefully sailing around the bay or would we rather be stranded on the rocks? Find out now!

Storyline : Young and awkward U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Thomas Garland suffers from constant comparison with his late father, a war hero. He falls for pretty Kate Fairchild, a young woman who runs a sailing school. His awkward attempts to makes moves on her repeatedly backfire, and things go from bad to worse when a trio of clumsy jewel thieves interferes.

Directors: Norman Tokar

Writers: Arthur Julian & Martin Roth

Stars: Robert Morse, Stefanie Powers, Phil Silvers, Norman Fell and Wally Cox

Awards: None

Film Budget: Unknown

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $18,607,492


Honestly....this is the only semblance of a score we could find. But hey it's a Herbie cameo so there's that.



Ahoy there! We see some facts ahead!

  1. The term "Boatnik" of the film's The Boatniks (1970) title was arguably a spoof of the word "Beatnik" which had become a term known in popular culture since the 1950s. The latter can be defined as a person from the 1950s or early 1960s period who was associated with "The Beat Generation". A "Boatnik" therefore can parody this where a seafaring person can be said to belong to "The Boat Generation". The picture was made and released approximate a decade after the 1960 film The Beatniks (1960).

  2. The film's movie poster tagline "Man the Laffboats!" was a spoof of the well-known nautical sea-faring phrase "Man the Lifeboats!".

  3. In 1972, Buena Vista re-released this film on a double bill with Song of the South (1946).

  4. The yachting marina featured throughout the picture was situated at Newport Harbour in Newport Bay in southern California, USA. Balboa and Newport Beach are also featured in the marina's environs in the movie.

  5. The picture was notable for featuring a flotilla of a numerous number of different types boats and sea vessels.


Unfortunately this comedic gem is not available on Disney+ but you can watch it here on Amazon for less than $5.00

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