TIKI DRINK TV, PART II

You are forgiven for not recalling Part One, since that post appeared here some four years ago.  The Bum would have followed it up sooner, if he wasn’t a bum.  At any rate, here are more sightings of Tiki drinks on TV:

THE APARTMENT (1960):  Fred MacMurray downs Daiquiris with Shirley Maclaine in a perfect example of a mid-century Polynesian restaurant (although the piano player looks like he stumbled onto the wrong set while looking for the Casablanca remake).

A SHOT IN THE DARK (1964):  In this sequel to The Pink Panther, Peter Sellers and Capucine survive assassination attempts — and supersized drinks in pineapple shells — at a Trader Vic’s-style Polynesian restaurant that looks even better than the one in The Apartment.

BACK TO THE BEACH (1987):  This parody of the 1960s American International “beach party” movies looks even more slapdash than the originals.  It does round up some original cast members (what else did they have to do?), but most of them have not aged well — except for Connie Stevens, who’s never looked better, especially with a vintage tiki mug in her hand.  And then there’s the Big Kahuna Bar, where Frankie Avalon chugs a drink called the “Stunned Mollusk.”

DIAMOND HEAD (1963):  In addition to Yvette Mimieux doing the hula, this soaper prominently features a Ku warrior tiki in the front yard of Charlton Heston’s Hawaiian plantation estate.  No doubt Ku was displeased by the fact that Heston drinks bourbon in his presence instead of okolehao.

DONOVAN’S REEF (1963):  Aside from the not inconsiderable pleasures of watching Lee Marvin punch out John Wayne in a tropical island bar, there’s the bar itself — which features two tikis guarding the entrance, and another hiding behind the piano (a wise decision, as just about everything in the bar is destroyed except him).

PAGAN ISLAND (1960):  Stranded on a tropical isle inhabited by women who have never seen a man, a sailor angers Queen Kealoha by teaching nubile Nani Maka how to kiss.  Turns out Nani’s been promised to the Sea God, a jaw-droppingly strange stone statue with a head shaped like two 1950s Cadillac tail fins joined at the nose (pictured above).  Miami-based sculptor Lewis Van Dercar created the Sea God; whatever contraband he was ingesting at the time, we want some.

THE RIGHT APPROACH (1961):  Five young men on the make set up a bachelor pad in an abandoned Polynesian restaurant called the “Hideaway Hut.”  We wholeheartedly agree:  this is indeed the right approach.

 

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