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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 »
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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)

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:
The title character was based on the author's daughter, Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman, and her adventures growing up in the surf culture on the beach at Malibu in the 1950's. As of this note (July 2006), she is 62, petite, healthy and attractive and living in Pacific Palisades with her husband of 42 years. And yes, there was a "Moondoggie", who still lives in California and is an artist.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When The Kahuna first goes out to surf the cigar in his mouth is shorter than when he comes back in from surfing.See more »
Quotes:
Moondoggie:Don't you find Kahuna to be a little on the lazy side?
Gidget:Love makes room for fault.
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Soundtrack:
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Harmless Entertainment, 5 July 2006
Author: dgz78 (dgz78@yahoo.com) from United States

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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