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Gidget (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 10 April 1959 (USA)
A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Gabrielle Upton (screenplay), Frederick Kohner (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sandra Dee ... Francie Lawrence aka Gidget
James Darren ... Jeffrey Matthews aka Moondoggie
Cliff Robertson ... Burt Vail aka The Big Kahuna
Arthur O'Connell ... Russell Lawrence
The Four Preps The Four Preps ... Band at Beach
Mary LaRoche ... Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence
Joby Baker ... Stinky
Tom Laughlin ... Lover Boy
Sue George Sue George ... Betty Louise aka B.L.
Robert Ellis ... Hot Shot
Jo Morrow ... Mary Lou
Yvonne Craig ... Nan
Patti Kane Patti Kane ... Patti
Doug McClure ... Waikiki
Burt Metcalfe Burt Metcalfe ... Lord Byron
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Storyline

Due to an accident while swimming in the sea, Francis meets the surfer Moondoggy. She's fascinated of his sport and starts to hang out with his clique. Although they make fun of her at first, they teach her to surf. Soon she's accepted and given the nickname "Gidget". But it's hard work to become more than a friend to Moondoggy. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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She's the Sweetheart of the Beach Generation! See more »

Genres:

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (ColumbiaColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cliff Robertson grew up in La Jolla, California, where he is well known for his surfing ability. Robertson can be clearly seen surfing in the movie. However, in a 1978 interview on 60 Minutes (1968), Tom Laughlin admitted he suffered tremendously during the surfing scenes. See more »

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When about to go snorkeling, Gidget's hair goes from being in a braid, to being down and wavy, to being in a ponytail. See more »

Quotes

Gidget: Oh boy, the bigger they are the dopier they come.
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Harmless Entertainment
5 July 2006 | by dgz78See all my reviews

Okay, no one will ever put this movie alongside The Godfather or Citizen Kane in the pantheon of great movies (at least I hope not). And maybe it wasn't even realistic about teen life in 1959. But as entertainment this is sure a lot better than scores of movies (think Waterworld or Ishtar) that believed they were a good way for people to spend a couple hours of their lives. Gidget may not aim high but it hit the exact spot it was aiming for.

With a daughter about to turn 21, I sure wish girls spent their teenage years interacting with boys the way Gidget did. Never worrying about drugs or alcohol, knowing not to let boys take advantage of her. Listening to the Four Preps instead of that damn rap music today.

Sandra Dee does a great job of playing a teenager (which shouldn't have been a stretch for her in 1959 unlike James Darren or the other surfers). She does a great job of acting like she's really on a real surfboard in those rear projection shots. I mean, I'm sure Gidget and Moondoggie could surf a few feet from each other all the while giving meaningful glances at each other. And while Arthur O'Connell does a good job as her father, I've never been able to picture him as anything other than a determined bachelor after his role in Picnic.

So if you have a couple of hours that you just want to veg out on the couch and give your brain a rest, you could do a lot worse than spend it with Gidget. RIP Sandra!


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