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Barefoot Adventure(1960)

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Although there is no copyright statement on the film and it was not registered for copyright at the time of its release, Bruce A. Brown registered the film on October 22, 1990 under the number PAu-1-446-737. No contemporary reviews of the film have been found; therefore the film's running time listed above was based on a timing of the viewed print. Writer-director-photographer Bruce Brown provided running voice-over narration for the viewed print, naming locations, surfers and their athletic maneuvers, which was recorded thirty years after the production of the film and noted what several of surfers have accomplished professionally since 1960. Information about the original narration is undetermined.
       In a modern television interview, Brown recounted a screening of the film in which the celebrated music group The Beach Boys, who were at the time unknown, played during intermission while the crowd "booed" them for not being actual surfers. Along with the many surfers, Brown's infant son Dana Brown, who later became a sports filmmaker as well, and Suzy Patterson, a friend of the Brown family, make brief appearances in the film.
       Barefoot Adventure was the third feature-length surf film made by Brown and included more shots and scenarios of surfers off the beach than his previous efforts. The picture includes several humorous scenarios intercut with the main plot, including mishaps because of surfers being barefoot, tourists taking hula dancing lessons, surfers in a lava tube sliding into the ocean and toe wrestling. At the close of the film, Brown addresses the audience to thank them for watching and credits his son Dana with creating some of the humorous dialogue. For more information about Brown's productions, see the entry below for his first film, the 1958 Slippery When Wet. Barefoot Adventure was shot in Southern California and various locations on the Hawaiian Islands.