|Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman.|
|Dwayne and Frankie as girls.|
The most enjoyable aspect of Ski Party is Frankie Avalon's role reversal. In the Beach Party films pairing him with Annette, Frankie's character cringes at the mention of marriage and flirts openly with other females (though he ultimately remains faithful to Annette). In Ski Party, Tod desperately chases Linda, even though she essentially admits there's spark between them. He's a much more sympathetic character than any of Avalon's prior Beach Party protagonists.
|The Swedish ski instructor fends off an amorous Frankie.|
Nita: I want you should talk to me and treat me like you would the American girls.
Tod: The American...Nita, I that we were going to...
Nita: No, no, no. First, we talk. And then candy. Then more talk. Then we can hold hands. Then you ask for the kiss on the cheek. Then maybe the kiss on the cheek. Then...then what comes next?
Tod: (utterly crushed) I don't know. That's as far as I ever got.
As Avalon's co-star, Dwayne Hickman channels Jack Lemmon from Some Like It Hot, pulling off a nice homage with some amusing scenes as Nora. As Craig, he effectively reprises his unlucky-at-love Dobie Gillis persona (he starred in the TV series for four years). Alas, the normally charming Deborah Walley and Yvonne Craig do not fare as well, primarily because their characters just aren't very likable.
|James Brown doing his moves.|
|Annette cameos as a college|
professor in Ski Party.