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Director:
Writers:
Gabrielle Upton (screenplay)
Frederick Kohner (novel)
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Release Date:
10 April 1959 (USA) See more »
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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 »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

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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)
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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)
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Color (ColumbiaColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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:
Continuity: 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:
Mr. Russell Lawrence:That's a man-hunter?
Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence:Who did you expect? Kim Novak?
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FAQ

What is a "gidget"?
Is "Gidget" based on a book?
Does Moondoggie really sing or is he just lip-synching?
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The unofficial start, 16 May 2004
Author: RNMorton from West Chester, Pa

Probably the genesis of the Grade-B surfing and Beach Blanket movies, no mean feat in my humble opinion. Dee is spunky teen (only 15 when this was filmed!) who gets in over her head, in more ways than one, hanging out with the older guy surfers. The boys don't know whether to take her seriously or not, until she ends up on "old-timer" Robertson's couch with the lights off and the fire roaring..... Light comedy/drama played straight by the actors to a pleasing finale. Kind of ahead of its time, it has more of an early-mid 60's than a 50's feel. There's only one real Gidget - this one - which was followed by several inferior movie and television productions, none involving Dee. Frankie Avalon stole Robertson's character name, the Big Kahuna, for his 1987 beach blanket reprise "Back to the Beach".

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