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Director:
Writers:
Gabrielle Upton (screenplay)
Frederick Kohner (novel)
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Release Date:
10 April 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Watch out Brigitte...here comes Gidget!
Plot:
A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
Gidget is about a fun loving girl who gets involved with a group of surfers and has the summer of her life! See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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 ... Band at Beach
Mary LaRoche ... Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence
Joby Baker ... Stinky

Tom Laughlin ... Lover Boy
Sue George ... Betty Louise aka B.L.
Robert Ellis ... Hot Shot
Jo Morrow ... Mary Lou

Yvonne Craig ... Nan
Patti Kane ... Patti

Doug McClure ... Waikiki
Burt Metcalfe ... Lord Byron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Belland ... Lead Singer (uncredited)

Dick Clark ... Himself - Trailer Host (uncredited)
Don Clarke ... Group Member (uncredited)
Ed Cobb ... Group Member (uncredited)
Ed Hinton ... Cop (uncredited)
Glen A. Larson ... Group Member (uncredited)
Shary Layne ... Joanne (uncredited)
Edward McNally ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Cheerio Meredith ... Nosy Woman (uncredited)
Richard Newton ... Cop (uncredited)
Ruthie Robinson ... Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Wendkos 
 
Writing credits
Gabrielle Upton (screenplay)

Frederick Kohner (novel)

Produced by
Lewis J. Rachmil .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon 
 
Art Direction by
Ross Bellah 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup supervisor
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Milton Feldman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
 
Stunts
Linda Benson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Mickey Dora .... stunt double (uncredited)
Johnny Fain .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Munoz .... stunt double (uncredited)
David Nuuhiwa .... surf stunts (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Henri Jaffa .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Morris Stoloff .... music supervisor
John Williams .... orchestrator (as John Williams Jr.)
 
Other crew
Mickey Dora .... surfing double: James Darren (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
95 min
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Color:
Color (ColumbiaColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In one scene as Gidget's father and mother are waiting for her to return, her mother says to her dad "Who did you expect, Kim Novak?" Her dad had played 'Howard Bevins' in Picnic (1955) starring 'Kim Novak'.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Gidget is told a used surf board costs $25.00. She mentions she only has $4.50 left from her allowance, meaning she only needs $20.50 more. However, when she asks her father for some money, she asks for $21.50 instead of only $20.50.See more »
Quotes:
Gidget:Honest to goodness it's the absolute ultimate!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Riding Giants (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Next Best Thing to LoveSee more »

FAQ

Is "Gidget" based on a book?
Are there any other Gidget books?
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Gidget is about a fun loving girl who gets involved with a group of surfers and has the summer of her life!, 2 March 2005
Author: RnR4ever123 from United States

I have loved this movie ever since the first time I saw it years ago when I was a preteen. Although it is an old movie, it is still quite enjoyable. It was made in 1959 so of course it lacks the newer features which todays movies emit. However, I think the simple, sweet story of first love is a nice escape from the harsh realities of todays world. I always choose movies that provide something I cannot find in real life. I prefer escaping the norm. If I want to see sex and violence all I have to do is watch the news.

Gidget takes us all back to a simpler time and place where we can relive the memories of our youth or imagine how it might have been. I not only own the video but I also watch it on television whenever it airs. Having just finished watching again, I have to say that the idea that BL was a lesbian never entered my mind. They speak about how she has it made cause she wears her boyfriends pin. I always took that to mean that she was involved in a relationship with a guy who just happened to be away at college or working a lot. Just cause someone has short hair doesn't make them a lesbian in my mind and I think the person who made that comment was way off base and didn't really follow the conversations of the movie closely.

I love all of the Gidget movies, however to me Sandra Dee will always be the ultimate Gidget and I am sad that we have lost her recently.

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