Full House has a deep connection to Sixties Beach Party movies

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello even dropped by the show!

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During the fourth season of Full House, an episode comes along that finds Joey cast in a TV series and heading off to Los Angeles.

Of course, in "Joey Goes Hollywood," the entire Tanner family tags along to make sure Joey has a good experience in L.A. — and to meet his very famous castmates.

Apart from being a change in scenery, this episode paid tribute to Sixties Beach Party movies. Joey’s castmates on his new TV show (a fictional program called Surf’s Up) are none other than Beach Party stars Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.

But their appearance together on Full House isn’t the only connection the sitcom has to the beachy fun movie genre.

Full House star Lori Loughlin (Becky Katsopolis) actually appeared in a 1987 Beach Party revival movie called Back to the Beach.

In the movie, Loughlin played teen daughter to Frankie and Annette, giving Beach Party movie fans a chance to see their favorite couple all grown up and coping with their teenage kids.

Classic TV fans might remember this film best because it was Gilligan actor Bob Denver’s last movie role.

The movie would also famously become Annette Funicello’s last film.

While shooting it, Funicello bravely hid her fatigue, then shortly after filming ended, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In 2013, she passed away.

Appearing on Full House was a return to TV for Funicello, who had only made a comeback to acting once after Back to the Beach, playing herself in a 1989 movie called Troop Beverly Hills.

In the Full House episode, Funicello revives her brightest movie star days with Frankie right by her side, and the sitcom cast struggles to explain to the young Tanner girls what the Beach Party movie craze was all about.

MeTV fans know that the craze was huge, and those fans never forgot all the fun they had with Frankie and Annette.

In fact, that when Funicello decided to do Back to the Beach in 1987, it was because Avalon had convinced her that she still had tons of fans wanting to see her looking tan on the sand again.

"Frankie would come back off the road with these reports of how many fans I had, how many people were following my career," Funicello told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1987. "I thought he must be kidding me."

While filming Back to the Beach, Funicello stayed loyal to her Disney contract that stated she could not show her belly button, even though times had significantly changed by 1987.

Avalon said it just felt good being back on the beach, partying with Funicello. Undoubtedly, they both felt the same nostalgia when they were reviving the spirit of those same characters for the Full House appearance.

"Annette and I loved our characters from the ’60s pictures, and we loved going back for a look around," Avalon said.

"Nostalgia is an important part of our lives," Funicello said.

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eddiecantorfan 20 months ago
The Little Rascals Theme Song was called "The Good
Old Days.
The Little Rascals will
Live Forever On Film!!!!!
eddiecantorfan 20 months ago
The 3 Stooges Short called
Rhythym And Weep(1946).
Snickers 20 months ago
Always loved the 60's beach movies with Eric Von Zipper and the rat pack.
Michael Snickers 20 months ago
Don't forget the Mice.
Snickers Michael 20 months ago
No way would I ever forget the mice.
bagandwallyfan52 20 months ago
This is a clip of the Happy Days episode called Guess Who's Coming To Visit from season one of Happy Days where
And his girlfriend (CAREY WILLIAMS) are dancing in Arnold's Drive In after the attempted Drag Race between
Fonzie and Skizzy.
Moose and his girlfriend didn't go to the drag race so they were the only persons who were not grounded.
Two of the Smartest Minor Characters on Happy Days
Were Moose Barry Greenberg and Eugene Belvin Denis Mandel.
One person watching this
Moose Video on You Tube said that Moose is cooler than Fonzie.Thats what the person said!Check the Happy Days episode called Guess Who's Coming To Visit on You Tube
and you will see that persons comments about Moose and
I contend that this is the best scene in the history of the "Happy Days" series, though that might not me saying too much.
eddiecantorfan harlow1313 20 months ago
My Favorite Happy Days
Scenes :
1 Moose (Barry Greenberg)
And cute girl (Carey Williams ) dancing at
Arnold's Drive In.
2 Richie Potsie and Ralph
Running through Arnold's Drive In in their underwear after losing their bet with
Bag (Neil J Schwartz).
3 Richie Potsie and Ralph
Chasing the Kissing Bandit
All Through the Cunningham home.
4 Fonzie dancing with Richie in THE Deadly Dares
5 Eugene Belvin (Denis Mandel) going bananas and
fighting Lou at Vinnies Bar.
6 Melvin Belvin Scott Bernstein chasing KC Cunningham (Crystal Bernard) through the
7 Potsie singing Calendar Girl
8 Richie Potsie and Ralph go to a woman's apartment
with encyclopedias and then Fonzie throws them out of her apartment.
9 Bag Zombroski Neil J Schwartz disguises himself as a ghost at the old Simpson House
10 Richie going bananas
In Arnold's Drive In and
Scaring the bully Rocko
And grabbing Rockos coat.
My Favorite Chuck Cunningham EPISODES
Of Happy Days:
I In Gavan O'HERLIHY s last appearance as Chuck Cunningham on the episode Give The Band A Hand Chuck says that he likes Joanie's willow soup and do Richie Joanie Howard and Marion all give .Chuck their soup .
2 Chuck Cunningham 2
Randolph ROBERTS bouncing his basketball while Richie is trying to sleep.
3 Howard Cunningham Tom Bosley is looking directly
At Chuck Cunningham 2
Randolph ROBERTS and Days Chuck IS THAT YOU??
bagandwallyfan52 20 months ago
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Chuck Cunningham 1
Episodes of Happy Days
Will be Listed Later.
Eugene Belvin (Denis Mandel) Episodes of Happy Days :
1 Live And Learn
2 Hello Roger
3 And The Winner Is
4 Welcome To My Nightmare
5 Mother and Child Reunion
6 Home Movies
7 Baby It's Cold Outside
8 Hello Tough Guy
9 Tell Tell Tart
Gavan O'HERLIHY episodes
1 All The Way
2 Richie's Cup Runneth Over
3The Skin Game
4Guess Who's Coming To
5 The Deadly Dares
6Give The Band A Hand
Did I miss any season one
Episodes of Happy Days
Where Gavan O'HERLIHY
Played Chuck Cunningham?
LalaLucy 20 months ago
Well, that makes sense. Beach party movies could be really cheesy, too.😏 Only something in those made me smile instead of cringe...maybe it just worked better in that setting versus an 80's-90's sitcom....
Pacificsun 20 months ago
𝒫𝓁𝑒𝒶𝓈𝑒. Not another Full House story.
Snickers Pacificsun 20 months ago
harlow1313 20 months ago
Well, I have never watched an episode, but everything I do see makes this show appear cringe worthy.
Snickers harlow1313 20 months ago
And you would be right.
LoveMETV22 20 months ago

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello drop by the show this Sunday.
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eddiecantorfan LoveMETV22 20 months ago
Multiple Choice answers.
eddiecantorfan LoveMETV22 20 months ago
What was the one food that Fonzie told Richie that
he couldn't eat because it
was terrible looking?
LoveMETV22 eddiecantorfan 20 months ago
Re: I still might send in a Happy Days Quiz with
Multiple Choice Answers.
Good luck if you decide to send in a quiz. Easy or Difficult, be sure the info is factual. I'm sure MeTV checks the info. Wouldn't be to abstract or anything opinion based as they most likely wouldn't publish it.
Roger Phillips (Ted McGinley) was the unspespecting victim of
Practical Joker Bobby Melner played by Harris Kal.
Bobby Melner and Eugene
Belvin(Denis Mandel) were
talking to Roger Phillips and Bobby told Roger that
Fonzie moves to Italy to grow grapes and he told
Roger to throw away Fonzie's possessions in
Fonzie's locker.
If Chuck Cunningham (Randolph ROBERTS or Gavan O'HERLIHY) had been the New Basketball Coach instead of Roger
Phillips (Ted McGinley) being the new basketball coach then Chuck Cunningham might have
thrown Fonzie's things away in his locker also.
Fonzie had NEVER seen
Roger Phillips before but
Fonzie would have recognized Chuck Cunningham if Chuck had
Been throwing stuff out of
Fonzie's locker.
Fonzie met Chuck Cunningham in the Season
2 episode called Guess Who's Coming To Christmas??
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